In his work, Örjan uses and develops theoretical/conceptual models and simulations, as well as engaging in empirical studies and empirical data analyses. Bodin often describes and models social, ecological, and coupled social-ecological systems as complex and intricate webs of interactions between, and among, different ecological and/or social components.
Cross-disciplinary network analytical approach allows him to apply the same set of methods and conceptualization in studying such different things as power asymmetries resulting from different patterns of social and economic relationships among small-scale fishermen to large-scale analyses of seed dispersals in human-dominated and fragmented landscapes. It thus facilitates systemic analyses of SES that bridge scientific disciplines.
Furthermore, Bodin also applies methods and techniques, such as: formal mathematical analysis; qualitative comparative analysis (QCA); in-depth interviews; qualitative data analysis; surveys; behavioral experiments; agent-based simulation modelling; GIS and spatial explicit modelling and analysis; mathematical graph-theory; and statistical modelling.
Örjan holds an MSc in Physics and a PhD in Systems Ecology/Natural Resource Management. Prior to his academic engagement, Bodin was working in the telecommunication and IT industries for nearly a decade. Örjan has published in both natural and social science journals, and has been engaged (in addition to several theoretically oriented studies) in case studies of small-scale fisheries in east Africa, high sea fishery in the Southern Ocean, agriculture in southern Madagascar, and regional land use management in Stockholm, Sweden.
He is also contributing to the development of new tools and methods for improved green area spatial planning in urban areas, with a geographical focus on Stockholm County.
Helen Moor, PhD candidate
Blanca Gonzalez, MSc candidate
Research news | 2017-06-01
Possibly. Assessment of four UNESCO biosphere reserves reveals "myriad" of positive results
Research news | 2016-11-15
A 3 million SEK grant from Swedish Research Council awarded to centre researchers Örjan Bodin and Erik Andersson
Research news | 2016-08-03
How to develop and manage networks to solve complex social issues, in particular how to develop holistic approaches to environmental management
Research news | 2016-02-25
Even in a reported Baltic Sea regime shift, not all parts of the system are affected
Centre researcher Sara Borgström explains the research project Ekoklim, featured as 14 scientific articles in Ambio
Centre researchers Örjan Bodin (left) and Henrik Österblom explains their latest study on social networks and the fight against illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean
2017 - Journal / article
This paper examines relationships among perceived processes and outcomes in four UNESCO biosphere reserves (BRs). BRs offer a unique opportunity to examine these relationships because they aim to foster more adaptive and collaborative forms of management, i.e. adaptive co-management (ACM). Accounting for the outcomes of ACM is a difficult task and little progress has been made to this end. However, we show here that ACM effor...
2016 - Journal / article
Significant benefits can arise from collaborative forms of governance that foster self-organization and flexibility. Likewise, governance systems that fit with the extent and complexity of the system under management are considered essential to our ability to solve environmental problems. However, from an empirical perspective the fundamental question of whether self-organized (bottom-up) collaborativ forms of govern...
2015 - Book chapter
As both the societies and the world in which we live face increasingly rapid and turbulent changes, the concept of resilience has become an active and important research area. Reflecting the very latest research, this book provides a critical review of the ways in which resilience of social-ecological systems, and the ecosystem services they provide, can be enhanced. With contributions from leaders in the field, the chapter...
2015 - Journal / article
The search for strategies to address ‘super wicked problems’ such as climate change is gaining urgency, and a collaborative governance approach, and adaptive co-management in particular, is increasingly recognized as one such strategy. However, the conditions for adaptive co-management to emerge and the resulting network structures and relational patterns remain unclear in the literature. To address these identified needs, ...