Dr Lisa Maria Dellmuth

Lisa Dellmuth


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Works at Department of Economic History
Telephone 08-16 10 76
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 A, plan 9
Room A 904
Postal address Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Lisa Dellmuth is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University (SU). Her research examines public opinion and the politics of legitimacy and redistribution in global governance, including global climate governance, and tries to push theories of International Relations and Sustainability Science forward. Her work has appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Political ScienceEuropean Journal of Political ResearchEuropean Union Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Review of International Organizations, and WIREs Climtate Change. Lisa's research has been supported by grants from funding institutions such as the Bolin Centre, Horizon 2020 (EU), Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ), Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), and Swedish Research Council.
Here are Lisa's Publications. Some of them are on SSRN. All replication material is available here.
Here is an overview of Lisa's research projects.




Articles (peer-reviewed)


Global governance, including global climate governance


15. Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.-T., Bremberg, N. & Mobjörk, M. Intergovernmental organizations and climate security: Advancing the research agenda, WIREs Climate Change (2018), e496. doi:10.1002/wcc.496.


14. Tallberg, J., Dellmuth, L.M., Agné, H. & Duit, A. NGO influence in international organizations: Information, access, and exchangeBritish Journal of Political Science 48 (2018), 213-38.


13. Dellmuth, L.M. & Tallberg, J. Advocacy strategies in global governance: Inside vs. outside lobbying, Political Studies, doi:10.1177/0032321716684356.


12. Sahlin, K., Wijkström, F. Dellmuth, L.M., Einarsson, T. & Oberg, A. The 'Milky Way' of intermediary organizations. A transnational field of university governancePolicy and Politics 43 (2015), 407-24. Reprinted in: Ansell, C. and Torfing, J. (eds) How Does Collaborative Governance Scale? (Bristol: Policy Press, 2018).


11. Agné, H., Dellmuth, L.M. & Tallberg, J. Does stakeholder involvement foster democratic legitimacy in international organizations? An empirical assessment of a normative theory Review of International Organizations 10 (2015), pp. 465-88.


Legitimacy and public opinion in global governance


10. Dellmuth, L. M. & Tallberg, J. Why national and international legitimacy beliefs are linked: Social trust as an antecedent factor, Review of International Organizations, online first 2018 at


9. Dellmuth, L. M. & Chalmers, A.W. All spending is not equal:European Union public spending, policy feedback, and citizens' support for the EUEuropean Journal of Political Research 57 (2018), 3-23.



7. Chalmers, A.W. & Dellmuth, L.M. "Fiscal redistribution and public support for European integration", European Union Politics, 16:3 (2015), pp. 386-407.



Fiscal redistribution in the European Union


5. Târlea, S., Bailer, S., Degner, H., Dellmuth, L.M., Leuffen, D., Lundgren, M., Tallberg, J. & Wasserfallen, F. Explaining governmental preferences on Economic and Monetary Union Reform, European Union Politics, online first 2018 at 
4. Lundgren, M., Bailer, S., Dellmuth, L.M., Tallberg, J. & Târlea, S. Bargaining success in the reform of the Eurozone, European Union Politics, online first 2018 at
3. Dellmuth, L.M., Schraff, D. & Stoffel, M.F. Distributive politics, electoral institutions, and European Structural and Investment Funding: Evidence from France and Italy Journal of Common Market Studies 55 (2017), 275-293.


2. Dellmuth, L.M. & Stoffel, M.F. Distributive politics and intergovernmental transfers: The local allocation of European Union Structural FundsEuropean Union Politics 13 (2012), 413-33. 


1. Dellmuth, L.M. The cash divide: The allocation of European Union regional grantsJournal of European Public Policy 18 (2011), 1016-33.


Book chapter


Dellmuth, L.M., Individual sources of legitimacy: Theory and data. In: Tallberg, J., Bäckstrand, K. & Scholte, J.A. (eds.), Legitimacy in Global Governance: Sources, Processes, and Consequences(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).


Popularizing works


Policy reports
Mobjörk, M., Gustafsson, M.T., Sonnsjö, H., van Baalen, S., Dellmuth, L.M. & Bremberg, N. Climate-Related Security Risks. Towards an Integrated Approach (Stockholm: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 2016) (76 p.). Available at:


Van Baalen, S., Bremberg, N., Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.T., Mobjörk, M. & Sonnsjö, H., Climate Change and Security: Security Risks and the Role of Multilateral Organisations (Stockholm: Stockholm University, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs Stockholm Resilience Centre, 2015) (61 p.).


Cheung, W. et al. Predicting Future Oceans. Climate Change, Oceans Fisheries (University of British Columbia, 2015) (24 p.). Available at:


Dellmuth, L.M. (2011) European Structural, Agricultural and Environmental Spending in Germany: Challenges and Problems during the Allocation and Implementation of EU Resources (Stockholm University, Department of Political Science) (32 p.). Available at:


Policy briefs
Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.T., Bremberg, N. & Mobjörk, M., “Intergovernmental organizations and climate security challenges: Implications for academic research and policymaking”, SIPRI Fact Sheet December 2017. Available at:


Mobjörk, M., van Baalen, S., Bäckstrand, K., Bremberg, N., Dellmuth, L.M., Gustafsson, M.T. & Sonnsjö, H., “Climate change and violent conflict in East Africa – implications for policy”, policy brief April 2016. Available at:


Gustafsson, M.T., Bäckstrand, K., Bremberg, N., Dellmuth, L.M., Sonnsjö, H., van Baalen, S. & Mobjörk, M., “How to integrate climate and conflict risks in development cooperation – experiences and lessons learnt”, policy brief April 2016. Available at: http://lisadellmuth. se/publications.html


Mobjörk, M., Bäckstrand, K., Gustafsson, M.T., Sonnsjö, H., Dellmuth, L.M. & Bremberg, N., “The role of multilateral organisations in addressing climate change and its security risks”, policy brief November 2015. Available at:


Online blogs
Dellmuth, L.M. “International responses to climate change impacts on human security”,, June 2018. Available at:


Dellmuth, L.M. & Chalmers, A.W. “How the EU can increase public support for the EU through spending”,, April 2017. Available at:


Dellmuth, L.M. & Tallberg, J. “How NGOs succeed in changing global policy”,, April 2017. Available at:


Dellmuth, L.M. “Assessing knowledge inequality in global governance”, LegGov (Legitimacy in Global Governance), December 2016. Available at: blog/assessing-knowledge-inequality-in-global-governance-1.308551


Chalmers, A.W. & Dellmuth, L.M. “The effect of EU spending on support for the integration process depends on how ‘European’ citizens feel”, London School of Economics and Political Science Blog for European Politics and Policy, August 2015. Available at:


Chalmers, A.W. & Dellmuth, L.M., “Why Europe’s new cohesion policy is unlikely to enhance the effectiveness of European Structural and Investment Funds”, Critcom pages of the Council of European Studies (CES), December 2014. Available at:


Dellmuth, L.M., Schraff, D. & Stoffel, M.F., “EU funding policies may be undermined by regional authorities using structural funds allocations to win votes at the local level”, London School of Economics and Political Science Blog for European Politics and Policy, January 2014. Available at:




Glocalizing Climate Governance: The Role of Integrated Governance for a Just and Legitimate Adaptation to Climate Risks (GlocalClim) – 2019-2022
Human security will be increasingly affected as the climate changes. Yet, inadequate political compromise at domestic and global levels often lead to failure in helping individuals and communities adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. A popular solution to meet climate policy goals is integrated governance, i.e. inclusion of climate risks into other policy areas, such as conflict or health, across domestic and global levels. Yet, we know little about how, when and why integrated governance in fact leads to desirable outcomes. This project will examine the 'glocalization' of climate change adaptation through which global programs have ramifications for domestic adaptation to climate change. Methodologically, it uses both quantitative and qualitative methods from the leading edge from political science, organizational theory, and International Relations.
This research, for which I am principal investigator, is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas). Project participants are political scientist Maria-Therese Gustafsson, two postdocs, and one PhD student. For more information, see the  Project prospectus (3102 Kb) .


Sustainable development in a changing geo-political era: Challenges and opportunities for Sweden (Mistra Geopolitics)  – 2017-2020
While there is widespread agreement on the negative effects of environmental change on humans and communities, and on the necessity of effective national and global climate governance, we know little about when governance is effective. We need to better understand how national and global governance changes in relation to geopolitical and environmental dynamics, and how effective governance solutions can be achieved.
My research within the research program Mistra GEOPOLITICS, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) (principal investigator: Björn-Ola Linnér at the University of Linköping), addresses this research problem. It examines how the dynamics of geopolitics, environmental vulnerability, and national and global political change interrelate. The program brings together six Swedish core partners: the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and the universities of Linköping, Lund, Stockholm, and Uppsala. Involved researchers at Stockholm University are Karin Bäckstrand, Maria-Therese Gustafsson, and Andreas Duit.
I lead the work package on 'Governance responses to climate related security risks' at Stockholm University, which seeks to understand national and global governance responses to environmental change, migration patterns, and welfare issues. 


Legitimacy in global governance (2016-2022)
I am co-investigator for the research program Legitimacy in global governance funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds - check out the project homepage at (principal investigator: Jonas Tallberg). The program focuses on how global governance institutions gain, maintain, and lose legitimacy in the eyes of citizens, advocacy groups or national governments, and with what consequences for institutional effectiveness. I coordinate the research group on the sources of citizens' and elites' confidence in global institutions. Sources may be internal, such as values, moral beliefs, or political awareness, or external, such as perceived institutional quality of international organizations.


Elite communication and the social legitimacy of international organizations (2016-2020)
Legitimacy makes it easier for international organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the African Union, to gain support for ambitious policy goals and achieve domestic compliance with international rules. Yet we know little why some individual citizens and elites have confidence in international organizations while others do not. 
This project, for which I am principal investigator, is funded by the Swedish Research Council and focuses on how, when and why political and societal elites, such as governments and civil society organizations, can change citizens' confidence in the legitimacy of international organizations  (see also Elite communication and the social legitimacy of international organizations).


The choice for Europe since Maastricht: Member states' preferences for economic and financial policy (2015-2019)
This Horizon 2020-funded project focuses on EU member states’ fiscal policy positions during and in the aftermath of the global financial crisis 2007–2008. Many models of a fiscal union have been proposed and discussed. What is missing are not ideas and economic analysis, but the political consensus among member states’ governments for a specific integration path. To understand why EU member states collectively responded to the recent global financial crisis through fiscal policy reforms the way they did, we study the positions of member states’ governments on different models of a fiscal union in the project The choice for Europe since Maastricht: Member states' preferences for economic and financial policy. I am a co-investigator for this project (principal investigator: Jonas Tallberg), which is part of a Europe-wide consortium coordinated by Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann at the University of Salzburg.


Transnational governance of the university field (2016-2020)
I am co-investigator for the research program Transnational governance of the university field (UniGov) funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds in collaboration with Formas, Forte, and the Swedish Research Council (PI: Filip Wijkström at the Stockholm School of Economics). The program seeks to better understand the roles of intermediary organizations such as peak research associations and international governmental organizations in global governance of the university and higher education field.

Climate change, natural disasters, and human responses (Bolin Centre and Board of Environmental Research members in the Human Sciences, Stockholm University, 2018-2019).

Future changes in climate may impact the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, both in the developed and the developing world, posing a significant challenge to the international community. It is important to understand how, why and to what degree the international community provides disaster relief to communities and countries. Previous studies have mainly focused on how news media report on disasters and the effects of disasters on economic growth. We know little about why some disasters receive more attention from the international community than others.

This project analyzes trends of disaster relief and seeks to explain variation in international disaster relief. Its purpose is to collect original climatic, political and economic data, and to use these data to explain variation in disaster relief from the 1990s. The results seek to push theories on disaster governance forward, and will help understand – and improve – international disaster relief.

I am principal investigator together with Frida Bender, PhD, from the Department of Meteorology and Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University.


Unequal Europe: Redistribution, reelection, and inequality in the European Union (2015-2017)
Inequality in the EU has soared since the end of the cold war. For most EU citizens, inequality is a palpable problem as it may pose significant barriers to people’s opportunities and well-being. And, those who enjoy higher incomes are also those with better health, better education, and greater capacity to participate in politics and make their needs and values known to government officials. This project is funded by the Regional Studies Association and examines the linkages between grant programs, electoral politics, and economic inequality in the EU. It develops a rational-choice institutionalist explanation for the linkages between government benefits, electoral politics, and economic inequality in multilevel polities. Using original data at the subnational (i.e. regional) level, it shows under which conditions government funds redistributed through the EU budget combat economic inequality in Europe’s regions.


Other affiliations with research networks on public opinion and international relations
I am a research associate with the Consortium of Trust Research (CONTRE), funded by the Academy of Finland and located at the University of Tampere and Åbo Akademi, the Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics, and with the Nereus program, a research collaboration between the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Duke University, Stanford University, and the University of British Columbia, among others.



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Last updated: February 20, 2019

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