Åsa Persson

Åsa Persson


Twitter: @Perssonasa

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Title: Senior Research Fellow

Role: Research Leader

Expertise: environmental governance and policies, climate change adaptation, SDGs

Centre: Stockholm

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    Åsa Persson is Senior Research Fellow at SEI Stockholm and a Research Leader on the global SEI Research Directorate.

    Dr Persson is a social scientist with fourteen years of experience working with national and global environmental governance issues, through successfully attaining competitive academic research grants and through applied research assignments for policy-maker partners. A human geographer by training, she received her PhD degree in environmental policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science in 2007.

    Based on her broad experience from studying governance arrangements, she led SEI’s research theme on Transforming Governance from 2015 to 2017. Dr Persson first joined SEI in 2001, and was visiting researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre in 2010-11 and at ANU, Canberra, in 2011.

    Her main research interest has evolved from studying the national environmental policy-making process in Sweden and Europe, to global environmental governance, in particular in relation to climate change adaptation and the notion of ‘planetary boundaries’ which she co-developed and coordinated. More recently, she has supported the UN process of developing Sustainable Development Goals, through SEI’s participation in the Independent Research Forum, IRF2015.

    Particular topics that her research has addressed include environmental policy integration (EPI), ‘new’ environmental policy instruments, strategic environmental assessment, mainstreaming climate in development finance, climate and sustainable development finance, the role of international environmental agreements, and international regime complexes. Recently, her work has focused on climate adaptation, but she has also published on international chemicals management, sustainable development, waste policy, energy policy, and sustainable consumption.

    Currently, she leads a four-year project funded by the Swedish research council Formas on examining the notion of global adaptation governance. This includes understanding how a global governance regime is emerging around the often local phenomenon of climate adaptation, but also how economic globalization affects adaptation options and how adaptation in developing countries can be financed and supported.

    Her work has been published in journals such as Nature, Nature Climate Change, Climate Policy, Ecological Economics, International Environmental Agreements, Climate & Development, European Environment, and Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.

    She has led projects for policy-maker clients, such as the Danish and Swedish governments and the European Commission, and won several competitive grants from research councils. She has coordinated research inputs in policy and stakeholder processes such as the Tällberg Forum (leading to the widely cited planetary boundaries concept) and the IRF2015 series of negotiator retreats.


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