PhD student

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My’s research focuses on how to apply resilience thinking in societal and environmental planning, from local to regional levels

Profile summary

  • Resilience assessments
  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Science-practice interface
  • Local and regional planning
  • Transition movement
  • Transformation

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:

  • Successfully defended her licentiate thesis in October 2016
  • Co-authored a report for Eskilstuna municipality on the resilience of their food system
  • Chaired the SRC PhD council 2015–2016

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Sellberg, My

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