Sellberg is a postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre with two main research interests: transformations to sustainable and resilient food systems, and application of resilience thinking in societal and environmental planning at the local and regional level.
During her PhD, she used participatory case studies of resilience practice in different contexts; mainly in the Stockholm-Mälaren region in Sweden, but also in Australia. The aim of her PhD was to advance understanding of how to apply resilience thinking and strengthen its potential to contribute to sustainability transformations. Her starting point is a method for resilience assessment, developed by the Resilience Alliance. Among various tools and guides to operationalize resilience, the resilience assessment, is one of few initiatives that is firmly based in social-ecological resilience research. The latest online guide to resilience practice, which Sellberg helped to review, is Wayfinder.
Her PhD was part of SEEN, a project on social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services in the Norrström basin, i.e. the Stockholm-Mälaren region. The SEEN project is connected to other local-regional case studies of social-ecological systems around the world through the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS).
In her current work, Sellberg is developing a pilot training programme in resilience practice aimed at civil servants from municipalities, county councils, and regions in Sweden. The project will pave the way for utilizing resilience practice approaches and methods within strategic societal planning in Swedish governance organizations.
Sellberg’s research is transdisciplinary in that it engages actors outside of academia. Through her case studies, Sellberg has collaborated with the Transition Movement, Eskilstuna municipality, and different food actors in the Stockholm-Mälaren region. The longest collaboration has been with Eskilstuna municipality, where she was involved in a project to test resilience assessment as a method within strategic municipal planning. The project focused on the resilience of food systems and resulted in the development of a municipal plan on the topic. From this project, she became interested in transformations to resilient and sustainable food systems. In a more recent participatory case study, she engaged diverse food actors to develop a positive scenario for food in the Stockholm-Mälaren region. The study was part of the ongoing sustainability science project Seeds of a Good Anthropocene.
Sellberg has a MSc in Sustainability from the Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development programme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, and a BSc in Environmental Science at Lund University. Sellberg also has a background as the chairman of Lund Students for Sustainability (2009–2010) and as an environmental consultant within sustainable business development (2011–2013).
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2019-11-26
Food initiatives within the Stockholm-Mälaren region in Sweden offer insight into a transformation of the global food system
Research news | 2018-11-20
Several new and exciting projects will be initiated
Research news | 2018-05-28
First study of resilience practice across multiple cases: lessons learned from nine organizations in Australia
Research news | 2018-01-24
Centre researchers lead project to create an alternative vision of a sustainable food system in the region
2017 - Journal / article
The concept of resilience is currently being widely promoted and applied by environmental and development organizations. However, their application of resilience often lacks theoretical backing and evaluation. This paper presents a novel cross-fertilization of two commonly used approaches for applying resilience thinking: the grassroots movement of Transition Towns and the Resilience Alliance’s Resilience Assessment. We compar...
2016 - Policy brief or report
Kan vi ta maten på bordet för given? I och med klimatförändringar, beroendet av insatsvaror och det faktum att vi i Sverige importerar mer än hälften av vår mat blir livsmedelsförsörjningen allt mer sårbar. Detta har uppmärksammats allt mer i media under senare tid och under våren 2016 väntas en proposition om en nationell livsmedelsstrategi. Eskilstuna kommun tog detta på allvar och genomförde under 2014 och 2015 en resilien...
2016 - Report
Denna rapport är framtagen som del av ett forskningsprojekt som undersöke huruvida metoden resiliensanalys, ”Resilience Assessment”, är användbar och till hjälp inom kommunal förvaltning. Det är ett led i metodutveckling av resiliensanalysen. Resultaten avseende livsmedelsförsörjningen i Eskilstuna kommun är vad som framkommit under processen och har inte varit själv forskningsfrågan. Eskilstuna kommuns arbete har letts av Lar...
2015 - Journal / article
Cities and towns have become increasingly interested in building resilience to cope with surprises, however, how to do this is often unclear. We evaluated the ability of the Resilience Assessment Workbook to help urban areas incorporate resilience thinking into their planning practice by exploring how a resilience assessment process complemented existing planning in the local government of Eskilstuna, Sweden. We conducted th...