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Katharina is a research assistant within AQUACROSS, a project that aims to improve knowledge, assessment and management for aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services across EU policies. She is entailed in the Swedish case of Rönneå catchment area in southern Sweden and will conduct, together with other researchers and practitioners, workshops on municipality and catchment level. The focus of the project is to increase scientific knowledge about: i) co-production of ecosystem services, ii) trade-offs that relates to aquatic ecosystem services, and iii) water governance. Her main responsibilities are to connect to all phases of research; from developing research questions, collecting data during workshops and interviews, to analysis and writing scientific articles.
Katharina holds a Master’s of Science in Sustainability from the Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development programme at Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her master’s thesis was completed within the SEEN project, which explores the social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services around the Norrström basin in Sweden. She conducted her research with a transformation lens and mapped out change agents and investigated their incentive for change, visions, and water governance strategies for Lake Mälaren. She also engaged in a stakeholder workshop that focused on how ecosystem services and resilience can be practically used in water governance.
Indulging in her interest in governance issues and natural resource management, she developed a novel methodology to investigate the drivers of fisheries by combining government budget proposals and statutes. She researched the amount of money spent, from 1892 until present, by the Swedish government on subsidies towards the fishing sector and its effect on the fishing fleet.