In his work, Örjan uses and develops theoretical/conceptual models and simulations, as well as engaging in empirical studies and empirical data analyses. Bodin often describes and models social, ecological, and coupled social-ecological systems as complex and intricate webs of interactions between, and among, different ecological and/or social components.
Cross-disciplinary network analytical approach allows him to apply the same set of methods and conceptualization in studying such different things as power asymmetries resulting from different patterns of social and economic relationships among small-scale fishermen to large-scale analyses of seed dispersals in human-dominated and fragmented landscapes. It thus facilitates systemic analyses of SES that bridge scientific disciplines.
Furthermore, Bodin also applies methods and techniques, such as: formal mathematical analysis; qualitative comparative analysis (QCA); in-depth interviews; qualitative data analysis; surveys; behavioral experiments; agent-based simulation modelling; GIS and spatial explicit modelling and analysis; mathematical graph-theory; and statistical modelling.
Örjan holds an MSc in Physics and a PhD in Systems Ecology/Natural Resource Management. Prior to his academic engagement, Bodin was working in the telecommunication and IT industries for nearly a decade. Örjan has published in both natural and social science journals, and has been engaged (in addition to several theoretically oriented studies) in case studies of small-scale fisheries in east Africa, high sea fishery in the Southern Ocean, agriculture in southern Madagascar, and regional land use management in Stockholm, Sweden.
He is also contributing to the development of new tools and methods for improved green area spatial planning in urban areas, with a geographical focus on Stockholm County.
Research news | 2018-06-05
The four most essential (yet risky) ingredients for small-scale fisheries to bond and build stronger ties between themselves
Research news | 2017-08-25
Invasion of the Indo-Pacific lionfish outside Jamaica reveals need to improve collaboration within marine protected areas
Research news | 2017-08-18
Collaborative governance not always fit for solving environmental problems, according to new review article in Science
Research news | 2017-06-01
Possibly. Assessment of four UNESCO biosphere reserves reveals "myriad" of positive results
Centre researcher Sara Borgström explains the research project Ekoklim, featured as 14 scientific articles in Ambio
Centre researchers Örjan Bodin (left) and Henrik Österblom explains their latest study on social networks and the fight against illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean
2018 - Journal / article
Sustainable fisheries require strong management and effective governance. However, small-scale fisheries (SFF) often lack formal institutions, leaving management in the hands of local users in the form of various governance approaches (e.g., local, traditional, or co-management). The effectiveness of these approaches inherently relies upon some level of cohesion among resource users to facilitate agreement on common policies ...
2018 - Journal / article
Biodiversity conservation is often limited by inadequate investments in monitoring and enforcement. However, monitoring and enforcement problems may be overcome by encouraging resource users to develop, endorse, and subsequently enforce conservation regulations. In this article, we draw upon the literature on common-pool resources and social networks to assess the impacts of participation and network ties on the decisions of ...
2017 - Book chapter
Ecological and socioeconomic processes often operate over different spatial and temporal scales. This can lead to increased risks of resource misuse and overexploitation if management is not well aligned with ecological processes operating in the landscape. One important way to ensure better alignment of social and ecological processes is through improved communication among relevant stakeholders operating at different scales ...
2017 - Journal / article
Adaptive comanagement is at an important cross-road: different research paths forward are possible, and a diagnostic approach has been identified as a promising one. Accordingly, we operationalize a diagnostic approach, using a framework, to set a new direction for adaptive comanagement research. We set out three main first-tier variables: antecedents, process, and outcomes, and these main variables are situated within a fourt...