CICERO - Center for International Climate Research

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Gunnell Sandanger has experience in Norwegian and international climate politics from her work in two of Norway’s largest environmental NGOs (Future in our hands and Rainforest Foundation Norway), and from engagement in local politics. She has been working with a broad set of issues, including REDD+ in the DRC, climate negotiations, corporate social responsibility and climate finance, and has a comprehensive experience from project management, communication and advocacy towards national and international stakeholders. Gunnell leads the dissemination and communication packages in the EXHAUSTION and PLATON projects.

Gunnell has her education from the University of Oslo and NMBU and holds a masters degree in Development Studies with a specialisation in environmental technology. Her thesis was about observable relations between the organisation of people and positive synergy-effects: Why Participate? A study of participation in environmental groups and water committees organised by a local NGO in rural Honduras.


  • ENBEL: Connecting health and climate change research Climate change is according to the WHO the greatest threat to human health in the 21st century. By bringing together leaders in climate change and health research the CICERO-coordinated Horizon 2020 project ENBEL will contribute with knowledge and policy advice on climate change and health links.
  • EXHAUSTION Increasing temperatures and heat waves due to climate change, combined with air pollution, constitute major health risks, and could cause an increase in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases across Europe. EXHAUSTION (Exposure to heat and air pollution in Europe – cardiopulmonary impacts and benefits of mitigation and adaptation) aims to quantify the changes in cardiopulmonary mortality and morbidity due to extreme heat and air pollution (including from wildfires) under selected climate scenarios.
  • POPCLIM This project seeks to understand the relationship between right-wing populism (RWP) and opposition to climate science and policy, and to identify climate policy options that are politically feasible even in electorates inclined to support RWP.

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