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Amelia Mutter

Amelia Mutter


I am an interdisciplinary researcher with previous experience in environmental science and policy and science and technology studies. I defended my PhD in Technology and Social Change at Linköping University focusing on imaginaries of the fossil fuel free future utilising case studies from biogas and electric vehicles in Sweden. I have a wide range of interests including inclusion and power in deliberative processes and discourses of sustainability transitions.


I am involved in teaching as an examiner for the course Projects and Communication in the Agrarian Sector. I also teach in multiple courses for the master’s program Environmental Communication and Management including: 

Introduction to Environmental Communication;
Conflict, Democracy and Facilitation; and 
Engaging Critically with Environmental Governance Practices. 


I also supervise master’s students in their thesis course. 


My research interests are broad and varied, ranging from discourses and imaginaries for sustainability transitions to multi-stakeholder dialogues for participatory planning. I am currently working within a number of projects including: 

MISTRA Environmental Communications - reframing communication for sustainability

A balancing act between swift and slow planning: reimagining deliberative planning in view of the urgency of sustainability challenges

Qualitative literature review on science-based crop protection


I have an interdisciplinary and international academic background within Environmental Social Science. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Communication of Science and Technology from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA, 2011) completing courses ranging from writing and rhetoric to organic chemistry and engineering management. I attended the Erasmus Mundus MESPOM (Masters in Environmental Science Policy and Management) from 2011-2013 with courses from Central European University (Budapest), University of the Aegean (Greece) and Lund University (Sweden). I wrote my Master's thesis in Lund at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics on the topic of the Tiny House trend, questioning the sustainability implications of the trend and its possibilities for expansion. 

My PhD is within Technology and Social Change from Linköping University where I worked for five years at the Institute for Thematic Studies. My research focused on the interactions between imaginaries of biogas and electric vehicles within the ongoing transport transition. During this time period, I also contributed to the department through teaching in Sustainable Development and History of Technology, as a member of the PhD Council, and as an editorial assistent for the journal Valuation Studies.

Selected publications

Mutter, A. (2020). Multiple Imaginaries of the Fossil Fuel Free Future: Biogas and Electricity in Swedish Urban Transport. PhD Diss. Linköping University 

Mutter, A. (2019). Obduracy and Change in Urban Transport - Understanding Competition Between Sustainable Fuels in Swedish Municipalities. Sustainability 11, 6092.

Mutter, A. (2019). Mobilizing sociotechnical imaginaires of fossil-free futures - Electricity and biogas in public transport in Linköping, Sweden. Energy Research & Social Science  49: 1-9.


Researcher at the Department of Urban and Rural Development; Division of Environmental Communication
Telephone: +4618671989
Postal address:
Inst för stad och land, Box 7012
Visiting address: Ulls väg 27, Uppsala