These are the new members of the POLLEN Secretariat 2022-2024

In mid-August LUCSUS (Lund University’s Centre for Sustainability Studies) became the new home of POLLEN’s Secretariat. We present you the eight people who will be actively involved with the duties of the Secretariat:

New POLLEN Secretariat (from left to right): Juan Samper, Kelly Dorkenoo, Torsten Krause, Fabiola Espinoza, Lina Lefstad, Mine Islar & Wim Carton

Torsten Krause: Torsten is a Senior lecturer at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Sweden. His research involves the fields of forestry and forest governance, conservation science, traditional ecological knowledge, ethno-biology, and environmental justice. He is part of the MaCoBioS project ( on Marine Coastal Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Services in a Changing World. MaCoBios is a four-year project funded by the EU H2020. Its main objective is to ensure efficient and integrated management and conservation strategies for European marine coastal ecosystems to face climate change. He is also part of the new 3 year BiodivERsA project EPICC (funded through FORMAS in Sweden) with a focus onEnvironmental Policy Instruments across Commodity Chains Multilevel governance for Biodiversity-Climate in Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia. Within EPICC I will study gold and cattle commodity chains in Colombia.

Mine Islar: Mine Islar is an associate professor at LUCSUS. She obtained her PhD degree in sustainability science. Her expertise is on transformative governance, social and environmental justice as well as collective action towards sustainability in both urban and rural settings. Apart from this, she also acts as a scientific expert in UN Intergovermental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services (IPBES) as a Lead Author (2017-2020) for  policy tools and instruments for the Values Assessment and Global Assessment of Biodiversity where she leads a section on governance challenges of SDGs with a special focus on SDG7 goal on energy and its potential implications on biodiversity.

Wim Carton: Wim is a Human Geographer with a background in Development Studies, International Relations and History. His main academic objective is to help understand society-nature relations, and how these are changed and articulated through various sustainability challenges. His primary research focus is on the political ecology of climate change mitigation in carbon forestry and agriculture, and related discussions on negative emissions in climate policy. His current research centers on the politics, political economy and political ecology of climate change mitigation, with a particular focus on negative emissions / carbon removal. The research projects that I am part of for example study the politics of modelling negative emissions in integrated assessment models; the assumptions underpinning projections of large-scale carbon removal; the extent and form in which these are being taken up by policy makers in different countries; and the various narratives and imaginaries about negative emissions that are being produced by corporations, policy makers and in civil society.

Kelly Dorkenoo: Kelly is a Ph.D Candidate at LUCSUS. Her doctoral research focuses on the differentiated socio-economic and ecological impacts from extreme weather events associated with climate change, and how they affect people and society. In particular, she explores the occurrence of disproportionality or disproportionate losses and damages and their relationship with socio-economic development processes. Kelly holds undergraduate degrees in international business administration from Montpellier Business School and applied economics from Paris South XI; and a master’s degree in environmental management and policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University.

Fabiola Espinoza: Fabiola is a doctoral student at LUCSUS. Her research takes place in the context of the MaCoBioS (Marine Coastal Ecosystem Biodiversity and Services in a Changing World) project. The aim of the project is to fill the knowledge gaps on the inter-relation between climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem services to ensure an efficient and integrated management and conservation strategies for European Marine Coastal Ecosystems (MCE) to face climate change. MaCoBioS will study three ecoregions with different climates.She holds an undergraduate degree in biology with a specialization in fisheries management from the National University of San Marcos and a master’s degree in environmental science, policy, and management from the Central European University. Prior joining LUCUS, Fabiola was working as a fisheries and finance consultant at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additionally, she worked on marine protected area management in Peru

Lina Lefstad: Lina is a Ph.D Candidate at LUCSUS. Her doctoral research is about the imaginaries of carbon capture and storage in Scandinavia. She has an interdisciplinary background with a degree in International Business Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, and a MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds. She is working towards driving change through, among other things, her role as a core member of the Post Growth Institute, the activist-researcher platform “DegrowthTalks” and as an elected coordination committee member of the Post Growth Economics Network. Lina is interested in degrowth, post-growth and equity in just socio-ecological transformations.

Juan Samper: Juan is a Ph.D Candidate at LUCSUS, where he investigates the symbolic and material elements of the defense of the territory in the Colombian Amazon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia) and a master’s degree in environmental studies and sustainability science from Lund University. Prior to his doctoral research, Juan conducted ethnographic research in the Andean-Amazonic region of Putumayo, Colombia, and policy analysis of climate politics focused on Green New Deals.