As managing director, Olsson executes overall long-term planning and daily operation of the centre, together with the other members of the leadership team. He supports the different heads of units in the management of the centre. Olsson’s research focuses primarly on marine ecology, including seabird research in the Baltic Sea.
Olsson holds a PhD in population ecology from Uppsala University (1995), and a BSc in biology and geological sciences from Lund University (1989). Olsson has also completed executive education (SSE/IFL), and a business leader program (FL) (2007-2008).
Olsson has been deputy/managing director of SRC since 2009. Between 2003 and 2008, he worked as programs director at Mistra (the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research) where he coordinating funding and evaluation of programs that manage natural resources. He also lead Mistra’s generation of new ideas and intelligence work. Before that Olsson worked at the Swedish Government Office as senior advisor at the Environmental Advisory Council (Miljövårdsberedningen). Between 1998 and 2002, he worked at three Swedish Governmental Research Councils – Formas, FRN, and NFR – as research secretary. His responsibilities as research secretary were mainly for interdisciplinary and environmental research funding, including outreach and stakeholder involvement.
Olsson has also engaged with a number of commissions, such as:
Research news | 2017-02-27
Centre directors co-author chapter on Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in new book covering politics and governance in Antarctica
Research news | 2016-03-23
Unique collection of tourist photos shows that Baltic Sea common guillemots are at historically high levels today
Research news | 2012-01-30
Quality food more important than quantity for seabirds in the Baltic
2017 - Journal / article
The island of Stora Karlsö hosts the largest colonies of fish-eating seabirds in the Baltic Sea. However, recent and reliable estimates of the number of breeding pairs of the main species have been missing. Based on a complete census in 2014, we estimated the number of Common Guillemots Uria aalge to 15 700 pairs, more than half (up to 70%) of the Baltic Sea population. The number has almost tripled since the early 1970s and t...
2017 - Book chapter
A newly published book, Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica , focuses on a wide range of topics on the governance, geopolitics, international law, cultural studies, and history of Antarctica. It includes chapters from experts from all over the globe, and converges top social sciences and humanities research on the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Centre researchers Henrik Österblom and Olof Olsson, also the centre’s deputy ...
2016 - Journal / article
Long-term datasets are necessary to examine human impacts on ecosystems . However, standardized scientific inquiry generally only dates back 30–40 years. Therefore, alternative approaches are necessary to obtain long-term ecological data. For example, previous studies have used newspaper reports to derive fish catch rates , historical photographs to study phenology  and fish size distribution , as well as fish bone...
2016 - Policy brief or report
This report was produced by the independent, tripartite, Working Group on Resilience Management and the Circular Economy working under the aegis of the High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management . Its members – senior civil servants drawn from the European and national administrations, experts and managers from leading innovative companies and prominent scholars from academia – have participated in its work in their pe...