My Sellberg is a PhD student at Stockholm Resilience Centre using participatory case studies of resilience assessment in different planning contexts, mainly in the Stockholm-Mälaren region in Sweden, but also in Australia. The aim of her research is to further the understanding of how to apply resilience, by connecting it to municipal and regional planning, as well as to the work of local initiatives to build community resilience.
Among various tools and guides to operationalize resilience, the resilience assessment, developed by the Resilience Alliance, is one of few initiatives that are firmly based in social-ecological resilience research. However, there are few previous studies of its application. Through her research, My hopes to improve current methods for how to apply resilience thinking, particularly resilience assessments, and strengthen its potential to contribute to sustainability transformations.
Her research is part of SEEN, a project on social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services in the Norrström basin, i.e. the Stockholm-Mälaren region.
My has a MSc in Sustainability from the social-ecological resilience for sustainable development programme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, and a BSc in Environmental Science at Lund University. Both of her theses have addressed strategic environmental work in Swedish municipalities, first concerning climate change in the city of Malmö, and then resilience in Eskilstuna municipality. The interest in the application of resilience sprung from the involvement in the Eskilstuna Resilience Assessment for her Master’s thesis (2012–2013), where she developed skills of participatory observation and semi-structured interviewing techniques. My also has a background as the chairman of Lund Students for Sustainability (2009–2010) and as an environmental consultant within sustainable business development (2011–2013).
Through her case studies, My has collaborated with different actors, in the Stockholm-Mälaren region and elsewhere. The most long-term collaboration has been with Eskilstuna municipality where she is involved in an ongoing project to test resilience assessments as a method within strategic municipal planning. In recent years, the project has focused on the resilience of the food system.
The SEEN project is connected to other local-regional case studies of social-ecological systems around the world through the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS).
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2018-01-24
Centre researchers lead project to create an alternative vision of a sustainable food system in the region
Research news | 2017-03-02
How to improve the application of resilience thinking by cross-fertilising Resilience Assessments and the Transition Movement
Research news | 2015-03-05
First in-depth analysis of a resilience assessment put into practice. See video
2017 - Journal / article
The concept of resilience is currently being widely promoted and applied by environmental and development organizations. However, their application of resilience often lacks theoretical backing and evaluation. This paper presents a novel cross-fertilization of two commonly used approaches for applying resilience thinking: the grassroots movement of Transition Towns and the Resilience Alliance’s Resilience Assessment. We compar...
2016 - Policy brief or report
Kan vi ta maten på bordet för given? I och med klimatförändringar, beroendet av insatsvaror och det faktum att vi i Sverige importerar mer än hälften av vår mat blir livsmedelsförsörjningen allt mer sårbar. Detta har uppmärksammats allt mer i media under senare tid och under våren 2016 väntas en proposition om en nationell livsmedelsstrategi. Eskilstuna kommun tog detta på allvar och genomförde under 2014 och 2015 en resilien...
2016 - Report
Denna rapport är framtagen som del av ett forskningsprojekt som undersöke huruvida metoden resiliensanalys, ”Resilience Assessment”, är användbar och till hjälp inom kommunal förvaltning. Det är ett led i metodutveckling av resiliensanalysen. Resultaten avseende livsmedelsförsörjningen i Eskilstuna kommun är vad som framkommit under processen och har inte varit själv forskningsfrågan. Eskilstuna kommuns arbete har letts av Lar...
2015 - Journal / article
Cities and towns have become increasingly interested in building resilience to cope with surprises, however, how to do this is often unclear. We evaluated the ability of the Resilience Assessment Workbook to help urban areas incorporate resilience thinking into their planning practice by exploring how a resilience assessment process complemented existing planning in the local government of Eskilstuna, Sweden. We conducted th...