Matilda studies the implementation of the ecosystem approach in the Swedish part of the Baltic Sea. She is particularly interested in changes over time – how far has the Swedish efforts come and what can and should be done for facilitating the implementation of the ecosystem approach? Matilda is funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Matilda was formerly a postdoctoral researcher for GreenMAR, which is funded by NordForsk, where she studied institutional and organizational aspects of fisheries in the Baltic Sea, and the Northeast Atlantic. As part of her post doc, Matilda was a visiting researcher at the Environment and Natural Resources unit at the University of Iceland.
Matilda has a PhD in Political Science. Her PhD thesis combines qualitative and quantitative text analysis, describes institutional and organizational changes, as well as the policy process of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), the governing body of the Baltic Sea.
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Institutions are slow in adopting new management approaches
2015 - Journal / article
Marine environments have undergone large-scale changes in recent decades as a result of multiple anthropogenic pressures, such as overfishing, eutrophication, habitat fragmentation, etc., causing often nonlinear ecosystem responses. At the same time, management institutions lack the appropriate measures to address these abrupt transformations. We focus on existing examples from social–ecological systems of European seas that...
2015 - Journal / article
Governance of marine resources is increasingly characterized by integrated, cross sectoral and ecosystem based approaches. Such approaches require that existing governing bodies have an ability to adapt to ecosystem dynamics, while also providing transparent and legitimate outcomes. Here, we investigate how the Baltic Marin Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM), the international governin body for the Baltic Sea, cou...
2014 - Journal / article
In this paper we focus on systemic delays in the Baltic Sea that cause the problem of eutrophication to persist. These problems are demonstrated in our study by addressing three types of delays: (1) decision delay: the time it takes for an idea or perceived need to be launched as a policy; (2) implementation delay: the time from the launch of a policy to the actual implementation; (3) ecosystem delay: the time difference betwe...
2014 - Dissertation
Despite early initiatives during the 1960s and 1970s, and continuing efforts ever since, the Baltic Sea remains in poor condition. The Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) is the governing body tasked with protecting the marine environment from further deterioration through intergovernmental collaboration between the Baltic Sea states and the EU. In 2007, HELCOM launched a new tool – the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), of which the so...