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Policy work

We work actively to engage policy makers - to support them to make informed and evidence-based decisions. Our aim is to make a contribution to policies, regulations and laws that advance sustainable societal transformations.

Key activities for LUCSUS policy work

  • Active engagement with decision-makers to support them in making informed and evidence-based decisions. 
  • Contributions to scientific assessments and policy documents.
  • Representation on relevant advisory boards and strategic panels and committees, within and outside academia, and participation in local, national, and global climate and sustainability meetings aimed at policymakers and the science-policy interface.

Some examples of LUCSUS policy engagement

Several LUCSUS researchers contribute to climate governance by acting as lead authors for various reports, assessments and other materials produced by organisations such as IPCC and IPBES.

Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

  • LUCSUS Director, Professor Emily Boyd is coordinating lead author for a chapter on poverty, livelihoods and sustainable development in the Sixth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Read about the work with the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report at

  • Professor Lennart Olsson is coordinating lead author for the chapter on land degradation in a special IPCC report  about Climate Change and Land.

Read IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems at

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

(IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body established by States 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. It was established in Panama City, on 21 April 2012 by 94 Governments

  • Senior lecturer, Mine Islar is lead Author (2017-2020) for the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, chapter on policy tools and instruments with a special focus on the tradeoffs in SDGs and their potential implications on biodiversity. 

Read the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on

Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Senior lecturer, Mine Islar is also the author of the chapter on "Distributive Justice’" in the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Good Health and Well-Being.

Search the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on


If you are interested in learning more about our policy work or getting in touch with our researchers you are welcome to contact us.

Cecilia von Arnold, communication officer
Cecilia [dot] von_Arnold [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se

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