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I started working with environmental issues at Örebro university in the multidisciplinary research group Man-Environment-Technology (MTM) and received my PhD in 2004. After that, I moved my research to the division of philosophy at the Royal Institute of technology (KTH) and worked there for almost ten years before moving to the division of Industrial Ecology, where I’m involved in research projects concerning environmental risk perception, environmental behavior and climate adaptation.



My main interest in my research is the link between what we think and what we do in relation to risks and safety – and how this affects risk and crisis communication. We might think something – or perceive certain things – but then act in ways that might seem contradictory to our beliefs. For an individual, the behavior is almost always rational but can be interpreted by someone else as being irrational. These (mis)conceptions can be seen in many different areas – ranging from assumptions that people don’t care about the environment because they don’t buy organic food, to the myth of panic in disasters where people behave badly just to save their own skin. For me, a more constructive view is to examine, understand and explain human behavior in the varying contexts we move and look at factors such as power, influence and rationality. In this way, we can make predictions and decisions based on facts, not misconceptions that lack foundation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences


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