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LUCSUS has an extensive and active network with over 60 global research collaborations. We also work closely with partners and stakeholders outside academia - ranging from small-scale farmers, social movements and high schools to non-governmental organisations, municipalities and high-level policy organisations.

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Academic collaborations across the Globe

As an international interdisciplinary research centre we collaborate with various departments and faculties within Lund University, as well as other universities and research institutions in Sweden and across the globe. 

You can explore our academic collaborations and partners in the Lund University Research Portal.

LUCSUS collaborations in the Lund University Research Portal

Partners & networks

POLLEN (Political Ecology Network)

In August 2022, LUCSUS took over the POLLEN (Political Ecology Network) Secretariat.

POLLEN is an umbrella organization of political ecology researchers, groups, projects, networks and ‘nodes’ across the globe. POLLEN was founded in 2015 by a group of European ‘nodes’ and quickly became a global network. As the name suggests, POLLEN seeks to provide a platform for the ‘cross-fertilization’ of ideas, where the world’s many rich, diverse traditions can come together, discuss, and debate the latest developments in the field. Political Ecology is central to the work of many researchers at LUCSUS, who are delighted to host the secretariat for the next two years, contribute to the further development of the network and look forward to meeting current and prospective members of POLLEN.  

LUCSUS secretariat consists of: Wim Carton, Mine Islar, Torsten Krause, Lina Lefstad, Juan Samper, Fabiola Espinazo Cordova and Kelly Dorkenoo.

Earth System Governance Project

Earth System Governance — a global research alliance, is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The Earth System Governance research alliance takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanisms to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of the planet. The ESG International Project Office was hosted by LUCSUS between 2008-2018

Right Livelihood 

Established in 1980, Right Livelihood honours and supports courageous people solving global problems. Housed under the umbrella of a foundation, Right Livelihood is a courage-powered community for social change committed to peace, justice and sustainability for all.

The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global capacity-building initiative in partnership with universities. By linking academics and civil society organisations with Right Livelihood Laureates, the College spreads awareness about and further expands the pioneering work of change-makers. The College operates as a global network of campuses and centres hosted by universities. In 2009, LUCSUS became the RLC’s first European partner campus.


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. Several LUCSUS researchers have over the years been involved in writing various chapters for the IPCC reports linked to our research on sustainable development, land use issues and climate change.


The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body with the objective to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. LUCSUS researchers have been involved in the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity since 2017.


Nature based future solutions

LU Profile Area: Nature-based future solutions

LUCSUS is one of the coordinators of Lund university's profile area Nature-based future solutions. The profile area focuses on ecosystem-based approaches to handle biodiversity loss and climate change, and how the intertwined crises can be linked to sustainable societal development.

Nature-based future solutions is one of five profile areas at Lund University.

Read more about the profile area Nature-based future solutions in Lund University's research portal


Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

BECC is a research environment that brings together excellent research and training at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg to address our society's need for knowledge about the dynamics between biodiversity and ecosystem services in a rapidly changing world. The knowledge generated by BECC serves the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services into policy development, decision-making and praxis, from local to global levels.

Several researchers at LUCSUS are connected to BECC.

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