In particular, the interest focuses on people's conceptions and learning about nature, society and the individual and the relationship between these. ‘People´refers to students in higher education, as well as to fishermen and foresters managing their resources, and to citizens and their perceptions and actions relating to these issues.
Her book Environmental Learning: Insights from research into the student experience presents rich insights into the complexities and dynamics of students' environmental learning.
Researching students' learning in environmental education and the social sciences
Together with PhD students Li Sternäng and Caroline Ignell Lundholm conducts research on students´ learning in EE in Chinese and Swedish contexts.
Researching learning in the management of social-ecological systems
The project aims to describe stakeholders' local ecological knowledge (LEK), how it is generated and its effect on natural resource management, and how knowledge about the ecosystem/resource is used for resource extraction and management.
Furthermore the aim is to identify factors important in impeding as well as enhancing knowledge build-up among local stakeholders, as well as communication of this knowledge among scientists, managers and local stakeholders.
In 2007 and 2008 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Education, Oxford University, and held a Leverhulme fellowship at University of Staffordshire.
Research news | 2013-03-31
Swedish school students' views on connections between environment and economy
Educational news | 2012-01-24
Students in China rates economic growth ahead of environmental protection.
Educational news | 2011-04-18
Time for a bigger picture, not just how nature works, but why we need it
Educational news | 2010-12-06
Researchers call for more sophisticated and creative learning methods
2017 - Journal / article
Among the most enduring ecological challenges is an integrated theory explaining the latitudinal biodiversity gradient, including discrepancies observed at different spatial scales. Analysis of Reef Life Survey data for 4127 marine species at 2406 coral and rocky sites worldwide confirms that the total ecoregion richness peaks in low latitudes, near +15°N and −15°S. However, although richness at survey sites is maximal near th...
2016 - Journal / article
This paper addresses a systemic approach for the study of fishers’ ecological knowledge in order to describe fishers’ ways of knowing and dealing with complexity in ecosystems, and discusses how knowledge is generated through, e.g. apprenticeship, experiential knowledge, and testing of hypotheses. The description and analysis of fishers’ ecological knowledge has been done using the Structure – Dynamics–Functions conceptual...
2014 - Journal / article
Adaptive comanagement (ACM) has been suggested as the way to successfully achieve sustainable environmental governance. Despite excellent research, the field still suffers from underdeveloped frameworks of causality. To address this issue, we suggest a framework that integrates the structural frame of Plummer and Fitzgibbons' "adaptive comanagement" with the specific process characteristics of Senecah's "Trinity of Voice." T...
2013 - Book chapter
Using examples from Asia, Africa, and North America, we demonstrate how restoration and stewardship projects, including those with significant community engagement, provide opportunities for environmental and biodiversity learning in cities. Although research on such programs is in its initial stages, several studies show positive impacts of urban environmental education and related field science inquiry experiences on partici...