Henrik Selin

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Scientific Report on TUM-IAS Fellowship

The Focus Group aimed to inform sustainability governance through a better understanding of how people and technology interact. Research developed new multidisciplinary analysis methods and examined empirical cases of pollutants, including mercury and pesticides. Results illuminated underappreciated dynamics of environmental and societal pollutant flows and trade-offs between governance approaches. full report …

Short CV

Henrik Selin is Associate Dean for Studies and Associate Professor in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University where he has worked since 2004. Prior to his current faculty position, he was a Wallenberg Research Fellow in Environment and Sustainability in the Environmental Policy and Planning Group, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001-04), an Associate with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2001-03), and an Associate with the Center for International Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2003-04). He received a BA/MA from the Department of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden and a PhD from the Department of Thematic Studies at Linköping University, Sweden (2000). He is the author and editor of five books and the author of over fifty peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as numerous reports, reviews, and commentaries.

Selected Awards

  • 2017-18, Research award, United States Institute of Peace for research on climate change and security in Pakistan
  • 2017, Plenary speaker, 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • 2009, Longwood University keynote speaker at the Globalization & Pluralism Series
  • 2008-2009, Erasmus Mundus Program of the European Union visiting scholar award at Lund University, Sweden
  • 2005-2008, Jean Monnet European Teaching Module Award, European Commission for course developments in the area of European environmental policy
  • 2005-2006, Conference Grant Award, the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Energy Foundation for a conference at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. on Climate Change Politics in North America
  • 2001-2004, Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • 1993-1994, European Union Erasmus Award for attending University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Research Interests

Henrik Selin’s research focuses on global and regional environmental governance. His empirically-grounded work on how states and non-state actors interact to address environmental problems and the effectiveness of such efforts contributes to a broad range of scholarly and policy debates on environmental management, policy, and politics in a broader context of sustainable development.

Selected Publications

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • H. Selin: Advancing Global Environmental Politics Research and Systems Analysis. In: Global Environmental Politics in a Turbulent Era. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2023, pp 169-183 mehr… BibTeX
  • Kinniburgh, Fiona: The politics of expertise in assessing alternatives to glyphosate in France. Environmental Science & Policy 145, 2023, 60-72 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Selin, Henrik: The effectiveness of global chemicals treaties. Nature Sustainability 6 (11), 2023, 1289-1290 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )


  • Kinniburgh, Fiona; Selin, Henrik; Selin, Noelle E.; Schreurs, Miranda: When private governance impedes multilateralism: The case of international pesticide governance. Regulation & Governance, 2022 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Selin, Henrik; Selin, Noelle E.: The human–technical–environmental systems framework for sustainability analysis. Sustainability Science, 2022 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Selin, Henrik; Selin, Noelle Eckley: From Stockholm to Minamata and beyond: Governing mercury pollution for a more sustainable future. One Earth 5 (10), 2022, 1109-1125 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )


  • Wang, Zhanyun; Altenburger, Rolf; Backhaus, Thomas; Covaci, Adrian; Diamond, Miriam L.; Grimalt, Joan O.; Lohmann, Rainer; Schäffer, Andreas; Scheringer, Martin; Selin, Henrik; Soehl, Anna; Suzuki, Noriyuki: We need a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste. Science 371 (6531), 2021, 774-776 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )


  • Henrik Selin and Noelle Eckley Selin: Mercury Stories Understanding Sustainability through a Volatile Element. MIT Press, 2020 mehr… BibTeX