Stacy VanDeveer new professor in Climate Change Leadership

Stacy VanDeveer, professor in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston becomes the sixth visiting professor in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University.

The ten-years series of visiting professorships is financed by a previous donation to Uppsala University by alumnus Niklas Zennström and his wife Catherine Zennström through their foundation Zennström Philanthropies.

Stacy VanDeveer is a professor and chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security & Global Governance at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston. His research answers key questions of global environmental politics and the interface between science and policy. The resulting answers have left strong marks on scholarly and non-scholarly communities alike. This includes his work on the roles of experts in policymaking, EU environmental and energy politics, and processes and institutions of global environmental policymaking. Professor VanDeveer has also conducted community-engaged research on climate change policies in the US. He is frequently advising local, state and federal officials in the US on how to improve climate policy-making.

– As recent events around the globe demonstrate, climate change is growing more dangerous. Our policies, and our local and national political leaders, must push forward to accelerate our commitments. If Sweden joins the ranks of the member states who want to go slower rather than lead, European and global climate action is likely to slow – or fail. I want to see a stronger climate leadership, that addresses problems in our lives and communities while, at the same time, reduces emissions and makes our communities more resilient and sustainable, says professor Stacy VanDeveer.

Stacy VanDeveer will participate in research, teaching and external collaboration as part of the growing research group in Climate Change Leadership, CCL, at Uppsala University.

– The gap between climate goals and emissions is large and further research is needed on how to overcome barriers to climate mitigation in politics and society. Stacy VanDeveer has a unique international insight into how the climate issue and other environmental problems are governed. As visiting professor, Stacy VanDeveer will strengthen our research and support our communication about the opportunities arising when working to achieve society’s environmental goals in fair and effective ways, says Mikael Karlsson, head of the climate change leadership unit at Uppsala University and responsible for the recruitment of VanDeveer.

Further information:

Mikael Karlsson, Associate Professor Environmental Science, Associate Professor Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, email:, mobile: +46 70 3162722

Stacy VanDeveer, visiting professor in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, mobile: + 1 781 321 5880, email:

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