I am an aquatic ecologist with a special interest in communication and research-policy dialogues coupled to ecosystem-based management with the goal to act as a bridge between science and policy.
I have been working at Stockholm University since 2004, starting at the former CTM (Centre for Transdisciplinary Environmental Research) and joining the Stockholm Resilience Centre in 2007, where I started up and coordinated the BalticSTERN project and its cost-benefit analysis of the Baltic Sea.
I now combine working part time at BNI with focusing my time working at the Baltic Eye at the Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre.
Responsibilities at the Baltic Nest Institute
I started at the Baltic Nest Institute in September 2008, where I head BNIs communication and outreach (including being the web editor, planning strategic communication, producing communication products etc.), but I have also carried out research in several of our projects, e.g. in the EU FP7KnowSeas-project, Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe´s Seas.
- Research-policy dialogue
- Marine ecosystem services
- Governance and policy
- Ecosystem assessments
- Social-ecological systems understanding
- Stakeholder interactions
- Communication and outreach
Background and previous positions
I have a background in Ecology and Natural Resource Management, with a MSc in Freshwater and Marine Ecology from the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University. I have also studied courses in marine and fish ecology at Gothenburg University.
At Stockholm University I have worked with a broad range of projects, including the EU FP6 project “Governance and Ecosystems Management for the CONservation of BIOdiversity (GEM-CON-BIO)", and the transdisciplinary course Världens eko (Perspectives on Sustainable Development), which I coordinated between 2006-2008.
Between 2007 and 2008 I worked at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, where I administered the international BalticSTERN project (Baltic System Tools for Ecological-economic evaluation: a refined Nest-model project), developing a proposal for an international research program, aiming at developing scientific knowledge and tools for integrated assessment, including a Stern-like review of the Baltic Sea. Together with the Core Team, I was responsible for establishing cooperation with similar initiatives and networks from all Baltic Sea countries. The collaboration involved people from different national and international groups: research institutes as well as Swedish and international EPAs, Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Foreign Affairs.
In September 2009, with funding from the Swedish EPA, the BalticSTERN Secretariat (located at the Stockholm Resilience Centre) was finally launched. The aim of the Secretariat was to lead and coordinate the infrastructure for an international research/policy project with the aim of contributing to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Special focus was put on the economic and social analyses that the directive aims at, with the hope to develop a Stern-like review of the Baltic Sea. Given the changes from the original project, the name for the secretariat was changed to BalticSTERN - Baltic Systems Tools for Ecological-economic evaluation: a Research Network. In March 2013, we published our cost-benefit analysis "The Baltic Sea - Our Common Treasure. Economics of Saving the Sea".
In 2009, together with colleague Jennie Svedén, I conducted research and wrote a report for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency on the ecosystem services of the Biosphere Reserve of Kristianstads Vattenrike. We identified ecosystem services generated by the flooded meadows in the Kristianstad area by combining interviews with local stakeholders, literature studies and field studies.
I have co-lead an Assessment of Baltic Sea Environmental Research, commissioned by the Swedish Government Offices, where me and another colleague at the Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre produced a review identifying the current state of scientific knowledge - including research gaps - regarding environmental research in the Baltic Sea.
Since 2004, I have also worked as a consultant for different County Administrative Boards and Municipalities around Sweden, conducting research and investigating the status of endangered freshwater mussels, presenting my work at various conferences and workshops, and publishing my findings.
For more information on background and publications not directly related to the Baltic Sea, send me an email.