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PhD student Natalia Rubiano studies the social and ecological implications of negative emissions technologies

Till vänster en fabrik, ovanför fabrikens skorsten syns en fyrkant med CO2 skrivet innuti. Till höger om fabriken syns en skog. Fotokollage.

With a focus on justice and transformative change, PhD candidate Natalia Rubiano wants to contribute to fill some of the knowledge gaps in the space of Carbon Removal and Negative Emissions. Read more about her research, which sustainability challenges she finds most interesting and how she as a researcher addresses those challenges.

What do you explore in your research?

My PhD project seeks to examine the politics of knowledge and the power configurations of policy relevant climate knowledge to understand how particular solutions, such as Negative Emissions Technologies are generated and prioritized. For this I look at a) the power dynamics and normativities embedded in the production of policy-relevant climate knowledge. And b) the circulation of knowledge into the policy space and how it contributes to further materialize or contest global power asymmetries and path dependencies.

Why did you become a researcher? What drives you?

I wanted to contribute to fill some of the (many) knowledge gaps in the space of Carbon Removal and Negative Emissions with an explicit focus on questions of justice and transformative change.

What sustainability challenge do you find most interesting?

I am interested in climate change precisely because it is the outcome of a number of other issues in the way we have organized society. I believe climate change cannot be solved without dealing with other societal challenges at the same time (e.g. social justice, biodiversity loss, food security, energy access, etc).

How does your research contribute to address these issues?

Justice, in particular, in a crosscutting theme in my research. I hope to contribute to argue for the need to deal with and incorporate justice concerns in climate research, particularly if it is intended to support or inform policy.

Natalia Rubiano Rivadeneira


Natalia Rubiano is a doctoral student at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). She holds a Master’s degree from University College London in Environment and Sustainable Development. Prior to joining LUCSUS, Natalia worked on environmental and development projects and governance of geoengineering.

Read more about Natalia and her research