Associate professor

+46 8 674 76 64


Staff profile

Henrik's research focuses on globalization and marine social-ecological systems, in particular how fisheries and marine ecosystems are managed. He is also deputy science director at the Stockholm Resilience Centre

Profile summary

  • Marine governance
  • Transnational seafood
  • Corporations
  • Cross-scale interactions
  • Anthropocene
  • Fisheries
  • Seabirds
  • Baltic Sea

Henrik investigates interactions and dynamics of complex systems, ranging from ecosystems, to social systems and integrated social-ecological systems at regional and global scales. He has studied ecological cascading effects in the Baltic Sea, co-evolutionary social-ecological processes in international actor settings in the Southern Ocean, and the historical and present dynamics of major actors (nations and transnational corporations) in marine systems. He is particularly interested in investigating the role, dynamics, power, and futures of global actors and their ability to actively enable transformative change in the global seafood systems. Seabirds and the Baltic Sea remain key areas of interest.

Henrik has Master’s Degree in Behaviour Ecology from the Department of Zoology from Uppsala University, and a PhD in Marine Ecology from the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University. He has worked at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and as Special Advisor to the Swedish Government in the Secretariat for the Environmental Advisory Council. His post-doctoral research was conducted at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre, and at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He is currently deputy science director and a senior lecturer at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Henrik is leading the Keystone Dialogues project together with major private actors in global seafood, which has resulted in the establishment of the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative. He is engaged as principal investigator in Nereus – Predicting the Future Oceans Program, and member of the IMBER Human Dimension Working Group. He participates in the Seas of Norden Network, is co-leading the Baltic Seabird Project, and represents the Stockholm Resilience Centre at the Section for Earth and Environmental Sciences at Stockholm University. He is subject editor for Ecology and Society, Marine Policy, and PLOS One.

Awards and achievements:

  • The Swedish Impact Award
  • The Askö Young Scientist Award

Jessica Spijkers, PhD candidate
Matilda Petersson, PhD candidate
Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, PhD candidate
Kirill Orach, PhD candidate

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Publications by Österblom, Henrik

Österblom, Henrik

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