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Cornelia Fast is a PhD Candidate in the department of Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA) of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The PhD is part of the research project Transformative partnerships for sustainable development: Assessing synergies, effectiveness, and legitimacy of the UN's multi-stakeholder partnerships across SDGs to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The project is funded through 2024 by Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development. Transformative Partnerships 2030 comprises a team of world-leading scholars in the fields of international relations, global environmental governance, and development studies based at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm, Sweden and at Stockholm University, Lund University, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

She has a master in Political Science – Global Environmental Governance from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which focused on various environmental issues and how to govern them through the challenging political landscape. Moreover, her Bachelor’s in Political Science was gained from Stockholm University and included environmental studies in Hong Kong SAR at City University of Hong Kong. Her MSc thesis was designated towards explaining why companies engage in climate change initiatives in Sweden and whether certain firm-level factors can explain this participation.

Cornelia Fast is also working on the research project Action for Climate Transformation in Sweden (ACTS), which is a partnership between Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Stockholm University and Linköping University. The project has set out the task to map, assess and explain non-state action within Sweden’s transformation to a welfare state that is free from the use of fossil fuels. In addition, she has a strong interest in environmental policy, how it is constructed and implemented.


Environmental Policy, Global Environmental Governance.


2019: MSc Political Science Global Environmental Governance, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2018: BSc Political Science, Stockholm University.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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