I am a Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. My research revolves around global environmental politics, non-state actors in climate change diplomacy after the Paris Agreement, the politics and implementation of the UN:s sustainable development goals and Agenda 2030, and the democratic legitimacy of global governance. I am Associate Senior at Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Canberra University, Australia and a member of the Climate Policy Council.
Previously I was professor at the Department of Political Science, Lund University (2012-2014), Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Oxford (2013), Wallenberg Postdoctoral Fellow on Environment and Sustainability, Laboratory for Energy and Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2002-2004).
At the Institute for Futures Studies I am the principal investigator for the project Transformative partnerships for sustainable development and participate in Climate ethics and future generations.
J. Tallberg, K. Bäckstrand and J. Scholte (eds.) (2018) Legitimacy in Global Governance. Sources, Processes, and Consequences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
K. Bäckstrand K, JW Kuyper JW, B-0 Linnér,and E. Lövbrand (2017) Non-state actors in global climate governance: from Copenhagen to Paris and beyond. Environmental Politics 26(4):561-579.
K.Bäckstrand and A. Kronsell (eds.) (2015). Rethinking the Green State: Environmental Governance toward Climate and Sustainability Transitions. London: Routledge.
K. Bäckstrand. (2008) ”Accountability of Networked Climate Governance: The Rise of Transnational Climate Partnerships, Global Environmental Politics Vol. 8, No. 3, 74-104.
K. Bäckstrand (2006) “Democratising Global Environmental Governance. Stakeholder Democracy after the World Summit on Sustainable Development”, European Journal of International Relations Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 467-498.
K. Bäckstrand and E. Lövbrand (2006) “Planting Trees to Mitigate Climate Change. Contested Discourses of Ecological Modernization, Green Governmentality and Civic Environmentalism”, Global Environmental Politics Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 51-71.