SERSD student 2019-2021

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Profile summary

  • Nature connectedness
  • Eco-psychology
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Biosphere stewardship
  • Ecosystem services
  • Collective transformation
  • Human health

Annelie Vårhammar is interested in the human-nature connection and how it relates to sustainability and resilience in social-ecological systems

Vårhammar is fascinated by the complex relationships and interactions between humans and nature. She is especially interested in the concept of “nature connectedness”, and how human behavior, perception and values relate to issues in complex social-ecological systems. In particular, she would like to explore this in relationship to food systems, human health & well-being and ecosystem services, while also looking at the role of ethics and the mind-body-nature connection for local and global stewardship.

Vårhammar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a focus on conservation and biodiversity, from Halmstad University. She has also studied several courses in marine biology, environmental management as well as participated as a research assistant in conservation projects with marine mammals and other megafauna in Australia and Mozambique.

During her studies and research experiences, she frequently came across the gap and conflict that often exists between ecological conservation aims and the surrounding social system. She understood that the conservation of environments is intricately interlinked with economical and societal factors, including human psychology and values, and thus she was drawn to the research of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, wanting a more transdisciplinary lens.

Being value-driven and committed to protecting nature, Vårhammar is a dedicated yoga practitioner and instructor, an advocate for animal and nature rights as well as holistic health.

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