Managing director

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Staff profile

Olof Olsson is managing director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, and his research focuses on topics in marine ecology

Profile summary

  • Resilience
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Management
  • Marine ecology
  • Seabirds
  • Man and the biosphere

As managing director, Olsson executes overall long-term planning and daily operation of the centre, together with the other members of the leadership team. He supports the different heads of units in the management of the centre. Olsson’s research focuses primarly on marine ecology, including seabird research in the Baltic Sea.

Olsson holds a PhD in population ecology from Uppsala University (1995), and a BSc in biology and geological sciences from Lund University (1989). Olsson has also completed executive education (SSE/IFL), and a business leader program (FL) (2007-2008).

Olsson has been deputy/managing director of SRC since 2009. Between 2003 and 2008, he worked as programs director at Mistra (the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research) where he coordinating funding and evaluation of programs that manage natural resources. He also lead Mistra’s generation of new ideas and intelligence work. Before that Olsson worked at the Swedish Government Office as senior advisor at the Environmental Advisory Council (Miljövårdsberedningen). Between 1998 and 2002, he worked at three Swedish Governmental Research Councils – Formas, FRN, and NFR – as research secretary. His responsibilities as research secretary were mainly for interdisciplinary and environmental research funding, including outreach and stakeholder involvement.

Olsson has also engaged with a number of commissions, such as:

  • Referee for about ten international scientific journals, mainly in ecology and ornithology
  • Member of Evaluation committee, Norwegian Research Council, reviewing research proposals to the Norwegian Antarctic Research Expeditions Program (NARE) 2015-2018
  • Member of international evaluation committee for call for “Challenge Teams” by the Global Resilience Partnership (USAID, Rockefeller Foundation, Sida).
  • Chairman in Expert Group appointed by the Swedish All-party Committee on Environmental Objectives (Miljömålsberedningen) on ”Protection and management of Swedish nature”
  • 1998 – ongoing. Member of the Swedish ‘Biosphere Council’, UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere program (MAB), including the World Network for Biosphere Reserves.
  • 2005-2007. Member of Swedish IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) committee
  • 2007-2008. Member of Swedish Forest Industry Federation’s Council for National Research Agenda (NRA)
Olsson, Olof

Publications by Olsson, Olof

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Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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