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Johanna is a PhD candidate researching collaborative governance of transboundary water systems with a network analysis approach

Profile summary

  • Water governance
  • Problem complexity
  • Collaboration and conflict
  • Network analysis
  • Institutional fit
  • Transnational climate impacts

Johanna’s research examines transboundary collaboration and conflict in water governance with a focus on complex problem interdependencies. In many cases, biophysical interdependencies drive linkages between actors based on overlapping problem exposure or management. Where an institutional fit between governance and water resource systems can provide a better chance of reaching significant environmental outcomes, a misfit might result in resource exploitation, environmental degradation and increased vulnerability. The research project applies a multilevel network focus to target the complexity of water resource problems as well as the effectiveness of collaborative networks to reach and withstand systemic changes. In relation to this, the project addresses conflicts of interests, imbalances in representation and power asymmetries that may influence the degrees to which collaborative arrangements can result in improvements for degraded environmental systems. In her work, Johanna applies a mixed methods approach, using qualitative case study comparison, quantitative databases and network analysis to investigate and model interdependent structures. The project focuses on the water governance in and around the Norrström basin. Her PhD project is supervised by Örjan Bodin (SRC), Erik Andersson (SRC), Daniel Nohrstedt (Uppsala University) and Sara Borgström (KTH).

Apart from her PhD studies, Johanna 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.

In 2014 and 2015, she conducted field studies in Argentina and China. She has worked in consultancy firms with operative landscape and water projects, as well as engaged in project coordination in an international NGO. Johanna holds a combined MSc from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Lund University, integrating studies in landscape architecture and planning with advanced studies in international development and management.

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Hedlund, Johanna
Hedlund, Johanna
Hedlund, Johanna

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