Henrik investigates interactions and dynamics of complex systems, ranging from ecosystems, to social systems and integrated social-ecological systems at regional and global scales. He has studied ecological cascading effects in the Baltic Sea, co-evolutionary social-ecological processes in international actor settings in the Southern Ocean, and the historical and present dynamics of major actors (nations and transnational corporations) in marine systems. He is particularly interested in investigating the role, dynamics, power, and futures of global actors and their ability to actively enable transformative change in the global seafood systems. Seabirds and the Baltic Sea remain key areas of interest.
Henrik has Master’s Degree in Behaviour Ecology from the Department of Zoology from Uppsala University, and a PhD in Marine Ecology from the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University. He has worked at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and as Special Advisor to the Swedish Government in the Secretariat for the Environmental Advisory Council. His post-doctoral research was conducted at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre, and at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He is currently deputy science director and a senior lecturer at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Henrik is engaged as principal investigator in Nereus – Predicting the Future Oceans Program, and member of the IMBER Human Dimension Working Group. He participates in the Seas of Norden Network, is co-leading the Baltic Seabird Project, and represents the Stockholm Resilience Centre at the Section for Earth and Environmental Sciences at Stockholm University. He is subject editor for Ecology and Society, Marine Policy, and PLOS One.
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2016-12-14
“Keystone dialogue" between scientists and seafood-industry leaders creates breakthrough in ocean stewardship
Research news | 2016-06-23
Songwriter PJ Harvey provides inspiration for paper calling for radically new thinking within marine research
Research news | 2016-06-16
Why transnational corporations must become more important in global fishery management
Research news | 2015-10-01
Global marine resource exploitation can spread in similar patterns to disease epidemics
Deputy Science Director Henrik Österblom interviewed about a new global scientific synthesis on marine regime shifts
Global seafood trade leave consumers unaware of over-exploited marine ecosystems
How adaptive governance helped pull back illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean
How Interpol and international networks join forces to stop illegal fishing
2017 - Journal / article
The ecosystem approach is a salient policy paradigm originating from a scientific understanding of the reality of complex ecosystem dynamics. In this article, we investigate how Swedish national marine policies and practice between 2002 and 2015 have changed towards an ecosystem approach. Government documents, the scientific literature, institutional changes, changes in legislation, pilot projects, and changes in science and p...
2016 - Journal / article
Fishery reform in North America and Europe has substantially improved the prospects for recovery of ecosystems affected by overfishing. Costello et al. (1) draw from lessons learnt and suggest, in their view, commonsense approaches for improved resource management, including fishing to maximize long-term catch and rights-based fishery management approaches that optimize economic values. They identify global prospects by 2050 a...
2015 - Journal / article
Nearly 40% of seafood is traded internationally and an even bigger proportion is affected by international trade, yet scholarship on marine fisheries has focused on global trends in stocks and catches, or on dynamics of individual fisheries, with limited attention to the link between individual fisheries, global trade and distant consumers. This paper examines the usefulness of fish price as a feedback signal to consumers a...
2015 - Journal / article
To gain insights into the effects of adaptive governance on natural capital, we compare three well-studied initiatives; a landscape in Southern Sweden, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and fisheries in the Southern Ocean. We assess changes in natural capital and ecosystem services related to these social-ecological governance approaches to ecosystem management and investigate their capacity to respond to change and new cha...