Hedlund´s research focuses on the interdependency of policy issues and its relation to cross-boundary, collaborative governance. Policy issues rarely affect only single groups of actors and stakeholders, interests, and/or societal- or environmental problems, but are intertwined with other policy issues through common and overlapping policy processes, and/or through biophysical linkages across space and time. This implies that a policy issue often depends on another policy issue for its most effective solution.
Despite the great impact that policy issue interdependencies may have on collaboration, there is still a knowledge gap about the manner in which policy issue interdependencies, as a significant aspect of complex problems, drive collaboration.
This PhD thesis focuses on the link between policy issue interdependencies and the formation, evolution and performance of cross-boundary collaborative governance. Thereby, the PhD contributes to the study of policy issue interdependency and collaborative governance in concert by applying the study to the context of water policy issues and transboundary collaboration within the Norrström basin in Sweden. Thus, it goes beyond the largely conceptual state in which this research currently resides.
The project applies a multilevel network focus to study the alignment between interdependent water policy issues and collaborative networks, and how this might improve the effectiveness of governance outcomes to reach or withstand systemic changes. In her work, Hedlund applies a mixed methods approach, using qualitative case study comparison and network analysis to investigate and model interdependent structures. Her PhD project is supervised by Örjan Bodin (SRC), Daniel Nohrstedt (Uppsala University), Erik Andersson (SRC), and Michele-Lee Moore (SRC).
Apart from her PhD studies, Hedlund 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.
Hedlund holds a combined MSc from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Lund University, integrating studies in landscape planning with advanced studies in international development and management.
Research news | 2019-05-02
Preserving the worlds’ wetlands requires addressing social and environmental challenges. Researchers identify challenges for specific wetlands to see how they interact with the Sustainable Development Goals
Research news | 2018-08-14
New index reveals how climate risks are reinforced by global connectivity, leaving no country shielded from impact
2019 - Journal / article
Wetlands are often vital physical and social components of a country’s natural capital, as well as providers of ecosystem services to local and national communities. We performed a network analysis to prioritize Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets for sustainable development in iconic wetlands and wetlandscapes around the world. The analysis was based on the information and perceptions on 45 wetlandscapes worldwide by 4...
2018 - Journal / article
Indicators used in climate change adaptation planning are largely based on estimates of national or local climate vulnerability. However, classic vulnerability indices do not consider cross-border effects and global interconnections. We attempt to reconcile this need for a broader perspective by developing a global index of exposure to transnational climate impacts, which we define as impacts that are transferred via flows bet...