Maria-Therese Gustafsson

Stockholm University

Maria-Therese Gustafsson is Assistant Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University. Prominent themes in her research are the impacts of global policies and private governance initiatives, on local communities in the Andean region and in Brazil. Empirically, she has focused on the extractive and climate governance, and more recently of the public and private governance initiatives in the supply chains of soy and beef from Brazil to selected European countries. She currently co-leads two research projects on new supply regulations and their implementation in the supply chains of beef and soy between Europe and Brazil. She has published articles in World Development, Third World Quarterly, WIRE’s Climate Change, Environmental Science and Policy, Global Environmental Politics, and the monography Private Politics and Peasant Mobilization: Mining in Peru (Palgrave).

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Jan 1, 2020
Maria-Therese Gustafsson; Roger Merino; Martin Scurrah

Domestication of International Norms for Sustainable Resource Governance: Elite Capture in Peru

In recent years, international actors have promoted international norms related to sustainable and inclusive resource governance. However, we know little about how such attempts are contested and adapted in domestic reform processes. Drawing on insights from norm diffusion and institutionalist theor...


Jan 1, 2019
Maria-Therese Gustafsson; Martin Scurrah

Unpacking the extractivist state: The role of weak state agencies in promoting institutional change in Peru

When a resource boom has begun it is often challenging to develop institutions for governing natural resources in an inclusive and sustainable manner. Whereas existing studies on resource-rich states have focused on political elites or social mobilization for explaining attempts to strengthen such i...


Jan 1, 2019
Maria-Therese Gustafsson; Martin Scurrah

Strengthening subnational institutions for sustainable development in resource-rich states: Decentralized land-use planning in Peru

Weak institutions have been identified as a principal cause of the poor developmental outcomes of many resource-rich states. Research has largely focused on national-level institutions and governance, whereas their subnational equivalents remain understudied. Subnational governments, partially empow...


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