Stockholm university

Maria-Therese GustafssonSenior lecturer, Associate professor

About me

Maria-Therese Gustafsson is Assistant Professor in Political Science and Deputy Study Director at the Department of Political Science. 

Maria-Therese Gustafsson’s research revolves around questions related to human rights, environmental justice, climate governance, corporate accountability, public and private governance in global supply chains. She is particularly interested in the consequences of global sustainability governance for marginalized groups in the Global South. Her research primarily relies on qualitative and ethnographic research methods, and she has lived and carried out extensive fieldwork in rural areas of Latin America. 

She holds a PhD from Stockholm University and her dissertation was awarded with ‘Högskoleföreningens’ prize for the best dissertation at the Faculty of Social Science, Stockholm University, in 2015. She currently co-leads a research project that focuses on public and private governance initiatives in the supply chains of soy and beef from Brazil to selected European countries (Formas). She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Cornell University. She is also part of the editorial board of the Oxford University Press book series “Studies in Comparative Energy and Environmental Politics”.  




Bild på framsidan av boken Private Politics and Peasant Mobilization.

Gustafsson MT (2018) Private Politics and Peasant Mobilization: Mining in Peru. London: Palgrave MacMillan. 243 p. 





Articles in peer-reviewed journals 

Gustafsson MT, Schilling-Vacaflor A and Lenschow A (forthcoming). The politics of supply chain regulations: Towards foreign corporate accountability in the area of human rights and the environment? Regulation & Governance.

Gustafsson MT, Schilling-Vacaflor A and Lenschow A (forthcoming). Foreign corporate accountability: The contested institutionalization  of mandatory due diligence in France and Germany. Regulation & Governance.

Gustafsson MT and Schilling-Vacaflor A (online first). Indigenous peoples and global environmental governance: The opening and closure of participatory spaces. Global Environmental Politics.

Gustafsson MT, Schilling-Vacaflor A (2022). Indigenous peoples and global environmental governance: The opening and closure of participatory spaces. Global Environmental Politics, pp. 1-19. 

Gustafsson MT, Rodriguez-Morales E, Dellmuth L (2022). Private adaptation to climate risks: Evidence from the world’s largest mining companies. Climate Risk Management, vol. 35, 100386.

Dellmuth LM, Gustafsson MT (2021). Global adaptation governance: How intergovernmental organizations mainstream climate change adaptation. Climate Policy, pp. 1-16. 

Merino R, Gustafsson MT (2021). Localizing the environmental steward norm: The making of conservation and territorial rights in Peru. Environmental Science and Policy.  

Kural E, Dellmuth L, Gustafsson MT (2021). International organizations and climate change adaptation: A new dataset for the social scientific study of adaptation, 1990-2017. PLoS ONE, 16(9). 

Gustafsson MT, Scurrah, M. (2020). Subnational governance strategies at the extractive frontier: collaboration and conflict in Peru. Territory, Politics, Governance, pp. 1-18.

Gustafsson MT, Merino R, Scurrah M (2020). Domestication of international norms for sustainable resource governance: Elite capture in Peru. Environmental Policy and Governance, 30(5), pp. 227-238.

Dellmuth LM, Gustafsson MT, Kural E (2020). Global adaptation governance: Explaining the governance responses of international organizations to new issue linkages. Environmental Science & Policy, 114, pp. 204-215.  

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

Gustafsson MT, Scurrah M (2019). Unpacking the extractivist state: The role of weak state agencies in promoting institutional change in Peru. The Extractive Industries and Society, 6, pp. 206-214. 

Dellmuth LM, Gustafsson MT, Bremberg N, Mobjörk M (2018) Intergovernmental organizations and climate security: advancing the research agenda. WIREs Climate Change. Pp. 1-13.

Gustafsson MT (2017) The Struggles surrounding Ecological and Economic Zoning in Peru. Third World Quarterly 38(5), pp. 1146-1163. 

Leifsen E, Gustafsson MT, Guzman-Gallegos MA, Schilling-Vacaflor (2017) New mechanisms of participation in extractive governance: between technologies of governance and resistance work. Third World Quarterly, 38(5), pp. 1043-1057.

Gustafsson MT (2016) Private conflict regulation and the influence of indigenous peasants over natural resources. Latin American Research Review, 51(2), pp. 86-106.   

Gustafsson MT (2015) Historic state-society relations and mobilizations surrounding extractive industries: Lessons from Peru. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 36(3), pp. 313-329. 

Gustafsson MT (2010). Deepening democracy through public deliberation? Reflections from the Province Huanta in the Peruvian Andes. Iberoamericana – Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 39(1-2), pp. 139-165. 

Edited volumes 

Leifsen E, Gustafsson MT, Guzman-Gallegos MA, Schilling-Vacaflor (2018) New mechanisms of participation in extractive governance: between technologies of governance and resistance work. Routledge




Gustafsson MT, Johannesson L (2016) Politisk Etnografi – Metoder för Statsvetare.  Gleerups.  





Gustafsson MT, Uggla F (2016) Pensamiento social sueco sobre América Latina. CLACSO. 312 p. 





Policy briefs and reports 

Dellmuth LM, Gustafsson MT, Bremberg N, Mobjörk M (2017). IGOs and global climate security challenges: implications for academic research and policymaking. Sipri Fact Sheets. 

Gustafsson MT (2016). How do development organisations integrate climate and conflict risks? Experiences and lessons learnt from UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Report commissioned by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Stockholm: Stockholm University. 70 p. 

Gustafsson MT (2016). How to integrate climate and conflict risks in development cooperation – Experiences and lessons learnt. Policy brief published by Stockholm University, Utrikespolitiska Institutet & Sipri. 3 p. 

Mobjörk M, Gustafsson MT, Sonnsjö H, van Baalen S, Dellmuth L, Bremberg N (2016). Climate-related security risks: Towards an integrated approach. (Report commissioned by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs). SIPRI and Stockholm University. 88 p. 

Book chapters, book reviews, and other papers 

Schilling-Vacaflor A, Gustafsson MT (2022). Indigenous-led spaces in environmental governance: Implications for self-determined development. In: Postero N, McNeish J, (eds) Routledge Handbook on Indigenous Development. 

Gustafsson MT, Schilling-Vacaflor (2020) Skogsskövling och pandemier kan stoppas med bindande lagkrav. Debattartikel publicerad i Omvärlden, 6 december, 2020.

Gustafsson MT, Zetterberg E (2016). Sveriges nya ambassad måste arbeta för att stoppa rovdriften av Perus gruvor. Debattartikel publicerad i Omvärlden, 9 december, 2016.

Gustafsson MT (2013) (Book review) Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy, and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America. By Philip Oxhorn. Comparative Political Studies, 46(5). 5 p. 


Research projects