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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.

Examples of our researchers' science - policy engagement

LUCSUS researchers contributes to various high level reports, assessments and dialogues such as the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Emily Boyd was 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

Lennart Olsson was coordinating lead author for the chapter on land degradation in the special IPCC report on 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

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

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

Policy briefs and reports