Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen ← Back


  • Assistant Professor, Wageningen University

Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen is Assistant Professor with the Public Administration and Policy Group at Wageningen University, and Adjunct Professor in Global Environmental Governance at Helsinki University, Finland.

She is a Senior Research Fellow of the International Earth System Governance Project and a Member of the editorial board of the International Environmental Agreements journal.

She has been a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Public International Law, Leiden University and held a five year position as Research Fellow with the Academy of Finland. She has also worked for the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) in Bonn, Germany. Sylvia has followed global sustainable development law and governance from the Rio conference in 1992 onwards.

Her research seeks to understand the key determinants of what makes global energy and climate change governance processes exert influence and build legitimacy among different actors. Among such determinants are participation, transparency, accountability and equity.

On this track she has compared different global governance arenas that addresses climate change mitigation from the energy sector, both within the UN system and outside it. She has also analysed the particular history and dynamics of addressing energy in global governance and proposed normative frameworks for making such governance less of a taboo for states.

Sylvia is particularly interested in the role of international norms in their diversity (legal and non-legal, vague and precise) as a governance tool.

Sylvia holds an M.Sc. in Biology/Ecotoxicology from Uppsala University and a PhD in Political Science from Linköping University, Sweden.