Astrid Skjold

Astrid Susanne SKJOLD

PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
Spoken languages
English, Norwegian, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Environmental Security
  • Environmental Governance
  • Politics of Knowledge and Expertise

PhD Thesis


Title: Floods, Fires, and Fervor: The Politics of Climate Emergencies

PhD Supervisor: Keith Krause and Stefano Guzzini

Expected completion date: 2025

In recent years it has become increasingly common to attribute disasters such as floods and fires to a broader climate emergency. In my PhD project, I explore the political effects of these causal narratives and practices of attribution with respect to the governance of climate change. Using interpretivist process-tracing, the aim is to offer an empirically grounded account of climate emergency claims, and to theorize the conditions under which different outcomes are produced.




Astrid is a PhD candidate in the International Relations & Political Science department and a Doctoral Researcher at the Global Governance Centre. Her research interests lie at the intersection of global environmental politics, critical security studies, and the politics of science, knowledge, and expertise. She holds a Master in International Relations & Political Science from the Graduate Institute and a Bachelor in International Relations and Economics from the University of Birmingham.

Publications and works

  • Dupont, C. and Skjold, A. (2022). Coordination Conundrum in the United Nations Development System: Solutions from Self-Managed Organizations. Global Perspectives, 3(1): 57083.


Academic Work experience


Research Experience

  • Research Assistant for the SNSF funded project ‘Self-Management Solutions for the 21st Century United Nations’ led by Professor Cédric Dupont
  • Research Assistant for the SNSF funded project ‘De-blackboxing the production of expert knowledge in global governance’ led by Professor Annabelle Littoz-Monnet


Research Interests


  • Environmental crises
  • Climate change and causal attribution
  • The politics of emergency claims
  • Anticipatory knowledge (production)