Åsa Gerger Swartling is joint theme leader of Adaptive governance, networks and learning.
She specialises in participatory approaches to environmental management and policy. She has been employed at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) since 1994, where she currently holds a senior research fellow position and a theme leader function of the Transforming Governance for Sustainable Livelihoods research theme.
Over the years, Åsa has been involved in numerous research projects dealing with stakeholder engagement, learning, sustainability assessment, project evaluation and policy integration, particularly in the areas of climate change, energy and urban environment.
Her research interests and experience include both developing and developed countries.
Current research focuses on the role of social learning in the context of climate adaptation in Sweden (see www.mistra-swecia.se). Funders and clients include the European Commission, Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research; Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Research Council.
Åsa holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of York, UK. Her doctoral thesis (2002) explored the potentials for involvement of non experts in technical matters of sustainable development policy in Sweden and the UK.