Åsa Gerger Swartling
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Title: Senior Research Fellow
Role: Theme leader, Transforming Governance
Åsa Gerger Swartling specialises in participatory approaches to environmental management and policy. She has been employed at the SEI since 1994, where she currently holds a Senior Research Fellow position and is a theme leader for the Transforming Governance theme.
She is also affiliated researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre where she has been engaged in and co-led several research themes on Stewardship and previously on Adaptive Governance, Networks and Learning as well as on Knowledge Management, Learning and Social Networks.
Over the years Swartling has been involved in and managed numerous research projects relating to stakeholder engagement, science communication, learning, sustainability assessment, project evaluation and policy integration, particularly in the areas of climate change adaptation and natural resource management. Among other things she was the SEI project leader of the European Commission funded Urban Lifestyles, Sustainability and Integrated Environmental Assessment (ULYSSES) project (4th framework programme) as well as the Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (Matisse) project (6th framework programme).
Ongoing research focuses on stakeholder participation, collaboration and learning in the context of climate change adaptation in Sweden. She currently leads the programme component “Regional Adaptation Processes”, including the working area on The Process of Adaptation to Climate Change under the Mistra-SWECIA programme (2008-2015). Other research projects focus on community resilience and learning in the context of disaster risks, including the emBRACE and WASH-RESCUE projects:
Swartling’s research interests and experience include both developing and developed countries. Funders and clients include the European Commission, Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency, Swedish Civil Contingencies Services, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Research Council.
Swartling holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of York, UK. Her doctoral thesis (2002) explored the role of local expertise and potentials for citizen involvement in technical matters of sustainable development policy in Sweden and the UK.
Linking Investment Decisions with Disaster Risk Reduction in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): The Role of the Public and Private Sectors, Potentials for Partnership and Social Learning (Paper - 2013)
Adaptation efforts in the Swedish forestry sector could be strengthened (Other publications - 2013)
Barriers to and opportunities for climate change adaptation in the Swedish forestry sector (Report chapter - 2012)
The climate change adaptation landscape (Report chapter - 2012)
Participation in adaptation processes - focus on the actors (Report chapter - 2012)
Knowledge for local climate change adaptation in Sweden: challenges of multilevel governance (Journal article - 2012)