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Governance for Sustainable Development

The importance of governance has been increasingly recognised in efforts to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development. This research group focuses on the way power is exercised in policy processes and negotiations between states, multilateral organisations, private companies and other non-state actors.

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About the group

Governance is concerned with the way power is exercised, and the rules and institutions – both formal and informal – that govern behaviour in different arenas. This research area is concerned with relations between states, international governmental and non-governmental organisations, private companies, and other non-state actors, that influence the achievement of goals related to sustainable development.

We focus particularly on shifts in governance as a result of global political, economic and environmental changes, and study these shifts in different geographical areas, in various fields, and at different levels – local, national and global.


  • To examine how states, multilateral organizations, private companies, investors, and other non-state actors exercise power in different institutional settings, and how it influences governance outcomes.
  • To study the interplay between political, economic, socio-cultural and institutional factors in governance processes, and identify its influence on development and the environment.
  • To investigate changes in governing elites, and consequences for institutions and policy outcomes.

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