Dr. Björn Nykvist is a post doc researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre and a Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute. He holds a PhD in natural resource management and has worked interdisciplinary with research on sustainability and governance of energy, transport and natural resources since 2005. He has written and contributed to more than 10 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and equally many research reports.
Nykvist’s main research interest is that of understanding how social processes influence natural resource management, environmental governance and technological development. This research builds on an interdisciplinary background with degrees in psychology, focusing on decision making; physics, focusing on energy systems, complex adaptive systems, and mathematical finance, and the PhD degree in natural resource management. Nykvist’s PhD thesis brought together results on studies of social learning at a range of governance levels.
Recent and ongoing research projects focus on three topics:
- Studies of policy making, technological innovations, and transitions between different socio-technical regimes, focused on low-carbon technologies and sustainable mobility.
- Research on social learning and adaptive governance and institutions, currently focused on a case study of management of natural resources linked to lake Mälaren in the EKOKLIM project.
- And finally, research on the policy relevance of using planetary boundaries as a framework for measuring and comparing national environmental performance.