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Maria-Therese GustafssonAssociate senior lecturer

About me

Maria-Therese Gustafsson is Associate senior lecturer and Deputy director of first level studies at the Department of Political Science.


  • The Politics of Sustainable Development, Political Science II (course coordinator)
  • Supervision of independent research projects (bachelor and masterlevel)
  • State and Democratization in the Third World, Political Science II (course coordinator)
  • Comparative Politics, Political Science I (Teaching Assistant)


Maria-Therese Gustafsson's research interests are: 

• Environmental Governance: Natural resource conflicts, development planning, climate change and human security.

• Comparative Politics: Latin America, social movements, participation, and corporate governance.

Workshop on Indigenous Environmental Justice and Climate Change in Latin America

(The workshop is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and establishes a research network focusing on the links between extractive industries, indigenous governance, and climate change).

Research project 2017-2020

Mistra Geopolitics

Mistra Geopolitics aims to critically examine how the dynamics of geopolitics, human security and global environmental change interrelate. The program concerns how our society needs to be reformed in order to address increasing resource scarcity while securing a positive development and political stability in the 21st Century – an epoch referred to as the Anthropocene. Read more.

Research project 2015-2018

“Extracting justice? Exploring the role of FPIC and consultation, and compensation related to socio-environmental conflicts in Latin America”

The aim of the project is to study the nature and outcome of prior consultation and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) processes, and ask if they contribute to the prevention and resolution of resource conflicts, and if they strengthen or weaken affected peoples’ democratic participation and rights to self-determination. These research questions will be addressed in a series of sub-projects, which will be carried out in four different Latin American countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru).

”The diversity of consultative practices – the case of territorial planning in Peru”

Within this larger project, I realize a sub-project that problematizes the diversity of consultative practices by analyzing several cases of how access to land-based resources are negotiated through territorial planning processes in the two Andean regions of Cajamarca and Cusco region of Peru. This sub-project analyzes to what extent these processes inhibit or enable genuine intercultural negotiations. Moreover, the study also asks to what extent and under what conditions indigenous people can influence the outcome of those processes.

Funder: the Norwegian Research Council, Anna Ahlström and Ellen Terserus foundation.
Project coordinator: Esben Leifsen (Noragric, Oslo)

Research project 2015-2016

”Climate Change and Security: Challenges and managing options”

The overall objective of the project is to provide increased knowledge of the security challenges posed by climate change. The project also analyses different instruments or tools that can be used for integrating these challenges in development, security and defence organisations’ work.

Funder: the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Project coordinator: Malin Mobjörk (Department of Political Science, Stockholm University)

How do Development Organisations Integrate Climate and Conflict Risks? (687 Kb)



Private Politics and Peasant Mobilization in the Peruvian Mining Industry (forthcoming 2017). London: Palgrave McMillan. 

Politisk Etnografi – Metoder för Statsvetare (2016). Editor (co-editor Livia Johannesson). Gleerups. 

Miradas Lejanas: investigaciones suecas sobre América Latina (2016).  Editor (co-editor Fredrik Uggla). Buenos Aires: CLACSO.

Peer-reviewed articles/dissertation

Dellmuth Lisa Maria, Gustafsson Maria-Therese, Kural Ece (2020). Global adaptation governance: Explaining the governance responses of international organizations to new issue linkages. Environmental Science and Policy, 114: 204-2015.

Gustafsson Maria-Therese and Scurrah Martin (2020). Subnational governance strategies at the extractive frontier: Collaboration and conflict in Peru. Territory, Politics, Governance (forthcoming).

Gustafsson Maria-Therese and Scurrah Martin (2020). Conflictos socioambientales, concesiones mineras y ordenamiento territorial en el Perú. Revista de Ciencia Política y Gobierno, 6(11), 2019, 81-104.

Maria‐Therese Gustafsson, Roger Merino, Martin Scurrah (2020). Domestication of international norms for sustainable resource governance: Elite capture in Peru. Environmental Policy and Governance (forthcoming).

Maria-Therese Gustafsson, Martin Scurrah (2019). Strengthening subnational institutions for sustainable development in resource-rich states: Decentralized land-use planning in Peru. World Development, 119: 133-144.

Unpacking the extractivist state: The role of weak state agencies in promoting institutional change in Peru. (forthcoming). Extractive Industries and Society. (with Scurrah, M.).

Intergovernmental organizations and climate security: Advancing the research agenda. (2018) WIREs Clim Change (with Dellmuth LM, Bremberg N, Mobjörk M.).

Introduction to special issue "New mechanisms of participation in Extractive Governance – Between new technologies of governance and resistance work" (2017). Guest-editor (co-editors Leifsen, Esben,  Maria A. Guzmán-Gallegos, Almut Schilling-Vacaflor, Almut), Third World Quarterly, vol. 38, No. 5.

"The Struggles surrounding Ecological and Economic in Peru" (2017), Third World Quarterly, vol. 38, No. 5. ​

“Private conflict regulation and the influence of indigenous peasants over natural resources” (2016), Latin American Research Review, vol. 5, No. 2.

Beyond conflict and conciliation: the implications of different forms of corporate-community relations in the Peruvian mining industry (2015) Doctoral dissertaton Stockholm: Stockholm University. (Awarded  “Högskoleföreningens” price for the best dissertation​ at the Faculty of Social Science, Stockholm University, in 2015). 

“Historic state-society relations and mobilisations surrounding extractive industries: lessons from Peru” (2015), Canadian Journal of Development Studies, vol. 36, No. 3.

”Deepening democracy through public deliberation?” Iberoamericana (2011). Latinamerican Institute, Stockholm University.

Book review

Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy, and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America. By Philip Oxhorn. In: Comparative Political Studies, 2013. Vol. 46, No. 5 SAGE.

Other publications (selected)

"Climate-related security risks – Towards an Integrated Approach" (2016). Co-authored with Malin Mobjörk, H. Sonnsjö, S. Van Baalen, L. M. Dellmuth & N. Bremberg. ​(Report commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Stockholm: Sipri, Stockholm University & the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. 

”Gobernanza privada en la industria minera peruana – las variadas relaciones entre corporaciones y comunidades” (2016). In Gustafsson, Maria-Therese & Fredrik Uggla (ed.) Miradas Lejanas: investigaciones suecas sobre América Latina. Buenos Aires: CLACSO. 

How do Development Organisations Integrate Climate and Conflict Risks? Experiences and Lessons Learnt from UK, Germany and the Netherlands (2016). ​(Report commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs). ​Stockholm: Stockholm University. 

”Gruvbolagen och demokratin”. Internationella Studier, nr. 2, 2010. Stockholm.

“Participación ciudadana en los Andes peruanos”, Ecuador Debate. Nr. 2. 2008. Quito, Ecuador.

”Från sociala rörelser till politiska partier”. Internationella Studier (co-authored with Rickard Lalander), nr. 1, 2008. Stockholm.

Conference papers (selected)

"The Struggles Surrounding Ecological and Economic Zoning in Peru". Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, 1-4th September, 2016.

"Territorial planning in Peru". Paper presented at the Latin American Studies Association Annual meeting in New York, 27-30th May, 2016.

"Land-use Planning to Deepen Democratic Natural Resource Governance". Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual meeting in Atlanta, 16-19th March, 2016..

”Land-use planning to deepen democratic natural resource governance”. Paper presented at the Latin American Studies Association Annual Convention in Puerto Rico, 27-30th May, 2015.

”The diversity of consultative practices – the case of territorial planning in Peru”. Paper presented at the Latin American Studies Association Annual Convention in Chicago, 21-24th May, 2014

“Private conflict regulation and the influence of indigenous peasants over natural resources”. Paper presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention in Toronto, 26-29th March, 2014

“Corporations as governors – Reconstitution of Social Citizenship in Peruvian Mining Regions”. Paper presented at the conference ‘Governance, Democracy and Citizenship, Southampton University, 25-26th October, 2011.

Media publications (selected)

”Sveriges nya ambassad måste arbeta för att stoppa rovdriften av Perus gruvor”, article in Omvärlden, December 9 2016, with Eva Zetterberg.

Visiting scholar positions

2014 – Visiting Scholar at Department of Government, Cornell University (funded by Stockholm University).

2012 – Visiting Scholar at Department of Political Science, Indiana University (funded by Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse.