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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. 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).

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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.

Our researchers' science - policy engagement


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

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.

Link to IPCCs website

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.

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


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.

Link to IPBES website

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. 

Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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 (Cecilia[dot]von_Arnold[at]lucsus[dot]lu[dot]se)

Policy briefs and reports