Jonell’s main research interest is sustainable food production, and in particular the role of markets, trade and the private sector in driving positive change in the growing seafood sector. Jonell has a background in ecology and more recently has included theory and methods from environmental psychology, industrial ecology and sustainability science in her work.
In the SEAWIN project, Jonell’s reserach centers on the role of consumers and other market actors in driving demand for sustainable seafood. Moreover, she aims at investigating the environmental effects of implementation of aquaculture eco-certification schemes.
Prior to her current work, Jonell worked with SRC and EAT as a postdoctoral fellow on the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems. The Commission defined the safe operating space for global food systems by setting scientific targets for both sustainable food production and healthy diets. Jonell’s work centered on food sustainability metrics and in particular the role of “blue foods” (fish, shellfish) in the global food system.
Jonell received her PhD from the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University in 2016. Her PhD thesis, ‘Kind of turquoise – Effects of seafood eco-certification and sustainable consumption’ had a focus on the role of eco-certification in improving the environmental performance of the growing aquaculture sector and seafood consumers in driving positive change. Jonell holds a M.S. in Biology from Stockholm University. She has experience from fieldwork in Gaansbai, South Africa (2007), Cà Mau, Vietnam, (2012) and Stockholm, Sweden (2013) and was a guest researcher at the WorldFish Center, Penang Malaysia (2011) during her PhD studies.
Jonell has been involved in the creation of the Evaluation Framework for Assessing Conformity of Public and Private Certification Schemes With the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification (FAO, Rome 2012) and been part of the OrAqua project on Recommendations for a future European regulation on organic aquaculture.
Jonell's work has been featured by a number of media outlets, such as: Havsutsikt
Research news | 2019-11-20
A stringent focus on seafood certification neglects the diversity of tools needed to create sustainable fishing practices and conservation
General news | 2019-11-18
Praised for its efforts to disseminate knowledge and hope about the transition to a more sustainable system
Research news | 2019-08-06
Are certification schemes contributing to better environmental performance or is it just a way for corporations to get an in with conscious consumers?
Research news | 2019-04-30
Rätt val i fiskdisken gynnar både hälsa och miljö
2019 - Journal / article
Farmed salmon has become an important export commodity for many countries and regions. The expanding salmon aquaculture industry has, due to its rapid increase, resulted in environmental concerns, most notably relating to the interaction with wildlife, effects of effluents and discharges in local ecosystems, in some regions overuse of antibiotics and development of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and high dependence on fish res...
2019 - Book chapter
The sustainable seafood movement has gained increased momentum during recent years and while most eco-labelled seafood originates from capture fisheries, the fastest growth of seafood eco-certification can be observed in the aquaculture sector. The extent to which certification have overall positive environmental impacts however remains uncertain. This chapter provides an overview of the existing literature on aquaculture eco-...
2019 - Journal / article
Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability; however, they are currently threatening both. Providing a growing global population with healthy diets from sustainable food systems is an immediate challenge. Although global food production of calories has kept pace with population growth, more than 820 million people have insufficient food and many more consume low-quality diet...
2018 - Journal / article
The food system is a major driver of climate change, changes in land use, depletion of freshwater resources, and pollution of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems through excessive nitrogen and phosphorus inputs. Here we show that between 2010 and 2050, as a result of expected changes in population and income levels, the environmental effects of the food system could increase by 50–90% in the absence of technological changes and...