Björn-Ola Linnér


BjÖrn-Ola LinnÉr


Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research
Department of Thematic Studies
Linköping University
SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden

Björn-Ola Linnér is professor in Water and Environmental Studies and at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research at Linköping University, Sweden, where he was the previous director (2006-2010). He is presently CIRES Visiting Fellow hosted by the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado. 

His research focuses on international policy-making on climate change, food security and sustainable development. His recent publications analyse integration of policies on climate change, sustainable development and low-carbon energy technologies as well as climate visualisation, transnational governance and utopian/dystopian thought in climate science and policy. Published books include among others The Return of Malthus: Environmentalism and Postwar Population–Resource Crises.

Among his awards, he is particularly glad for the Junior Faculty Prize for a Sustainable Research Environment in 2009 for promoting young researchers’ careers. He has been part of several Swedish and international committees. As a researcher he has been actively involved in the international climate negotiations for several years. He was member of the Swedish delegation at the Adaptation and Approval of the fourth Assessment Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Valencia, Spain 2007. He has previously been visiting researcher at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at Oxford University, University of California at Santa Cruz and Hall Centre for the Humanities, University of Kansas. He is also one of the co-leaders of the Centre for Excellence Nordic Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR)