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Staff profile

Johanna is a PhD candidate researching collaborative governance of boundary-spanning water systems from a network analysis approach

Profile summary

  • Boundary-spanning ecosystems
  • Collaborative governance
  • Network analysis
  • Social-ecological fit
  • Water resource management
  • Interconnected resources
  • Indicator development

Johanna’s research focuses on the influence of fit between governmental processes and biophysical systems on environmental outcomes. The project targets how the high complexity related to water resource interdependencies might increase the likelihood of collaborative networks becoming ineffective and vulnerable to rapid systemic changes. The effectiveness of such collaborative arrangements depends on how well patterns of actor collaboration actually fit and align with the boundary-spanning characteristics of the ecosystems they are set to solve. This concerns aspects of resource distribution, transsystemic characteristics and upstream-downstream interdependencies, as well as the direct or indirect influence of power dynamics on natural resources.

In her work, Johanna applies a mixed methods approach, using case studies, network analysis, indicators and GIS to develop and model interconnected structures. The project focuses on the integrated watershed management in and around Lake Mälaren, subject to a number of cross-boundary concerns, such as water pollution, eutrophication and integrated land and water management.

Her PhD project is supervised by Örjan Bodin (SRC), Erik Andersson (SRC), Daniel Nohrstedt (Uppsala University) and Sara Borgström (KTH).

Apart from her PhD studies, Johanna is part of research on transnational climate impacts at Stockholm Environment Institute, in the development of the Transnational Climate Impacts index. The index uses a quantitative approach to measure impacts that occur in one place as a consequence of climate change events somewhere else. The development of indicators of different global pathways, such as trade, finance, people and biophysical flows, has made it possible to quantify each country’s exposure across multiple dimensions.

In 2014 and 2015, she conducted field studies in Argentina and China, which resulted in work presented at the World Water Week conference in 2016. She has worked in consultancy firms with operative landscape and water projects, as well as engaged in project coordination in an international NGO. Johanna holds a combined MSc from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Lund University, integrating studies in landscape architecture and planning with advanced studies in international development and management.

Johanna has also helped publish a report introducing Transnational Climate Impacts Index.

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Hedlund, Johanna
Hedlund, Johanna
Hedlund, Johanna

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