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Elise is a Senior Research Fellow at UC’s Centre for Environmental Governance. She has a background in both academic and policy-oriented research in the field of climate change and sustainable development. Located at the interface between human geography, political science, and development studies, Elise’s work is driven by a keen interest to shine a critical light on the social and political implications of climate and environmental changes and of sustainability transitions.

Elise received a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Södertörn University, Sweden, in 2019. In her thesis she explored the politics of climate adaptation decision-making by focusing on the more subtle, discursive moves in public policy discourse. Drawing on Poststructuralist Discourse Theory, she looked specifically at the role of discursive power, depoliticization and the affective fantasies animating policy responses.

Prior to joining UC, Elise was a Researcher with the Climate Change and Risk Programme of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an internationally renowned institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. There her work focused on how climate and environmental change impact on human security, and on institutional responses to climate-related security risks, particularly in multilateral institutions such as the United Nations and European Union. Elise continues to engage with SIPRI as an Associate Senior Researcher.

Elise’s work has been published in high impact academic journals, including in Climate Policy, Environmental Politics, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, Climate and Development, Regional Environmental Change and Critical Discourse Studies. Elise is a Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance Project, the largest interdisciplinary, international social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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