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Staff profile

Johanna Hedlund is a PhD candidate researching complex governance systems in relation to interdependent, environmental problems with a network analysis approach

Profile summary

  • Problem interdependencies
  • Institutional complexity
  • Network analysis
  • Transboundary, collaborative governance
  • Water resource systems
  • Transnational climate impacts

Hedlund´s research focuses on the possible effects from patterns of problem interdependencies on transboundary, collaborative performance. It examines how detailed identification of interacting governance problems can help clarify the institutional complexity of transboundary, collaborative governance in environmental contexts. Thereby, her PhD contributes to the study of problem complexity and collaborative governance in concert through a disaggregating but integrating approach. 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 resource problems 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, quantitative databases 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.

Awards and achievements:

  • Bolin Centre for Climate Research scholarship
  • ÅForsk grant
  • SIDA Minor Field Studies scholarship

Staff details


Hedlund, Johanna

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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