- Political science
- Global environmental governance
- Planetary boundaries
- Financial systems
- Emerging technologies
- Environmental change and human health
Victor Galaz's research focuses on financial systems, and their connection to large-scale environmental change with global non-linear climate repercussions. He is deputy director and associate professor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre
Victor Galaz is associate professor in political science, deputy director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre , and programme director of the Beijer Institute’s Governance, Technology and Complexity programme. He is also co-Editor-in-Chief for the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST), and Board Member of The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) since 2021.
His research explores the political and governance challenges created by rapid global change, including globally networked risks, governance dimensions of “planetary boundaries”, the interplay between financial systems and Earth system dynamics, and the sustainability implications of novel technologies. Galaz's work about societal challenges created by technological change includes governance dimensions of geo-engineering, early warning systems of epidemic outbreaks, uses of social media to detect ecological change, online mis- and disinformation on environmental issues, and sustainability risks embedded in early applications of artificial intelligence. He is currently working on the book “Dark Machines” (for Routledge) about the impacts of artificial intelligence, digitalization and automation for the Biosphere.
Galaz has extensive experience as research leader in interdisciplinary projects exploring various dimensions of complex adaptive systems from his work as research theme leader (years 2006-2015) at the Stockholm Resilience Centre; deputy science director at the Stockholm Resilience Centre; acting executive director (2014-2015) at the Royal Swedish Academy; project leader for the project “Earth system finance” (2016-ongoing); co-lead of the Lancet Commission on Human Health and Climate Change (2013-2015), researcher and theme leader in the international research consortium Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa (DDDAC), together with STEPS Centre (UK), Institute for Development Studies (UK) and others (2012-2016); member of the Convention on Biological Diversity Liaison Expert group on geo-engineering (2011-2012); and advisor to the EU High-Level Group on Innovation Policy Management (2017). He is also co-editor-in-chief of the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability since 2021.
Among his publications are articles in journals including The Lancet; International Environmental Agreements; Trends in Environment and Evolution; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Global Environmental Change; Ecological Economics; Public Administration; Environmental Politics; Governance; Complexity, Governance and Networks; Nature Climate Change; Science and others. Galaz is also the author of the book “Global Environmental Governance, Technology and Politics: The Anthropocene Gap” (Edward Elgar, UK/US, 2014), and editor of “Global Challenges, Governance, and Complexity Applications and Frontiers” (Edward Elgar, UK/US, 2019).
He also coordinates the new initiative “AI, People & Planet” together with the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, and Princeton University’s research on Global Systemic Risks (PIIRS).
News articles with Galaz, Victor
Research news | 2022-08-18
What has 50 years of global sustainability taught us?
Centre deputy director Victor Galaz reflects on successes and failures of collective action and global governance
Research news | 2022-06-28
Centre contributes to Vatican conference on climate resilience
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences will bring researchers, policy makers and faith leaders together to understand the scientific and societal challenges of climate change
Research news | 2022-06-13
Centre kicks off new collaboration with Universeum science centre
New project called One Connected Ocean will communicate and visualise latest science on marine sustainability
Research news | 2022-06-02
Finance sector is “crowd-funding catastrophe”, say researchers
Investors are driving Earth perilously close to tipping points in the Amazon rainforest, on the great ice sheets, coral reefs and the Atlantic circulation
Videos with Galaz, Victor
Misinformation and sense making in crisis
Rethink Talks: Understanding the viral spread of misinformation
Pandemics, health and global change: how are they connected?
Rethink Talks: What is the connection between environmental change and diseases such as coronaviruses? How strong is this connection, can we really blame bats, and what does the future of disease risks look like?