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Olsson presently works close with the centre’s leadership on organizational issues. His research focuses primarily on marine ecology, including research seabirds and marie ecoystems in the Baltic Sea and in polar areas.
Olsson holds a PhD in population ecology from Uppsala University (1995), with a thesis on king penguins’ breeding and feeding ecology at South Georgia in the Southern ocean.
Olsson was managing director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre between 2009 and 2019. He was interim CEO at EAT in Oslo parts of 2019 and 2020 and interim director at Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) parts of 2018 and 2019.
Between 2003 and 2008, he worked as programme director at Mistra (the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research) where he coordinated funding and evaluation of programmes focusing on natural resources management. He also led Mistra’s work on generating new ideas and intelligence work.
Prior to his work for Mistra, Olsson have worked at several nation research councils in Sweden and for the Swedish Government Office as senior advisor to the Environmental Advisory Council (Miljövårdsberedningen).
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