- 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.
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 | 2021-09-24
Increased use of AI can create new sustainability risks
Research identifies four areas where the use of AI-technologies can create challenges for both people and planet
Research news | 2021-06-02
Why sustainable finance risks undermining its own efforts
Many ‘green’ investment strategies will not meaningfully contribute to sustainability because they are flawed, researchers warn
Research news | 2021-03-22
We are taking astounding risks, warn researchers
New report summarises recent research on the scale of human activity. Inequality and environmental challenges are deeply linked, this must be a transformative decade
Research news | 2020-12-15
Swedbio: work related to the 2020 Human Development Report
SwedBio enables knowledge generation, dialogue and exchange between practitioners, policy makers and scientists for development and implementation of policies within poverty alleviation, equity, sustainable livelihoods and social-ecological systems rich in biodiversity
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?