SERSD student 2020-2022



Profile summary

  • Social tipping points
  • Climate policy, market and non-market approaches
  • Climate governance
  • Carbon taxes and public acceptability
  • Sustainability transformations

Petter Bjersér is researching linguistic traces representing dynamics and tipping points in public acceptability for sustainability transformations

Bjersér is interested in social-ecological tipping points for sustainability transformations. In this pursuit he studies how climate policy design can leverage public acceptability and realise safe and just futures.

His pursuit to advance climate justice stems from his work in youth advocacy to United Nations Climate Conference, where he co-founded and assumed a leadership role with the World YMCA’s youth delegation during five years spanning COP 19 in Warszawa to COP 23 in Marrakesh. His academic background is in political science and economics at Uppsala University (BSc) and environmental policy at Sciences Po Paris (Masters).

Before joining SRC, Bjersér consulted for the OECD Climate Change Expert Group on the report “Addressing Covid-19 and climate crises” outlining an a-growth perspectives on Government policy for a green well-being centred recovery. This proved a unique opportunity to combine multimethod approaches of scenario planning, statistical analysis, and literature reviews to study sustainability transformations.

His MSc Thesis contributes to the FORMAS project “What makes effective climate policy politically feasible?” as he draws Parliamentary Transcripts and Twitter-data to explore the dynamics of public acceptability for climate policy. He utilises natural language processing to convert text to data. These linguistic traces are analysed to study heterogeneity, evolution, and emergence within public discourse. He works part-time as a research assistant at the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences contributing to research projects “Global Economic Dynamics of the Biosphere” and “Governance, Technology and Complexity”.

Awards and achievements

  • Co-author “Addressing the COVID and climate crises: potential economic recovery pathways and their implications for climate change mitigation, NDCs and broader socio-economic goals” with the OECD Climate Change Expert Group.
  • Leading Youth Advocacy to the UN Climate Conferences COP 19-23 with the World YMCA
  • Signatory to the Earth Statement, as one of hundred influential individuals he called for a science based and ambitious outcome of the Paris Climate Conference.

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