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Karin Gustafsson

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303184

Room: F3274

Karin Gustafsson

About Karin Gustafsson

Karin is an associate professor in sociology. She is an environmental sociologist with a special interest in studying knowledge production and relations between knowledge producers.

Karin’s research is primarily focusing on climate change and biodiversity issues in the fields of environmental sociology, sociology of knowledge, and science and technology studies.

Karin primarily studies these topics by focusing on science's role in international environmental governance and international expert organizations' socialization of young scholars.

Currently, Karin is also studying how different kinds of trust/distrust in climate change science plays in young people’s identity work and climate change engagement/disengagement, this by exploring how climate-active young people argue around climate change science in social media. 

Karin is the director of Center for Environmental and Sustainability Social Science (CESSS). The directorship is shared with Erik Hysing and Maria Ojala.

Karin teaches on both undergraduate- and graduate level. She teaches on the topics of academic writing, research design, qualitative methods, philosophy of science, sustainable development, and environmental sociology. In addition, Karin supervises both bachelor and master theses.

Karin has previously been a guest researcher at:

  • Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University, England (October- December 2012).
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Science and Technology Studies/Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA (2014, Postdoctoral Associate).
  • Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen UR, Netherlands (January-June 2018).
  • Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands. (January-June 2019)



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