- Cultural evolution
- Human cooperation
- Marine ecosystems
- Ocean stewardship
- Seabird ecology
- Sustainability Science
Henrik Österblom is a professor of environmental science, with a research focus on human cooperation
Österblom has co-developed the concepts of keystone actors and corporate biosphere stewardship. With a strong interest in seabirds and marine ecosystems, he is exploring ways to improve the human relationship with the ocean.
He is chair of the Natural Capital Partnership Committee, Stanford University, chairman of the SeaBOS fundraising foundation and board member of Race for the Baltic fundraising foundation. He has served as theme leader, deputy science director and science director at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Starting from 2023, he is on part-time leave from the Stockholm Resilience Centre to start up the Anthropocene Laboratory at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Österblom has a master’s degree in behavioural ecology from the Department of Zoology, Uppsala University (1998) and a PhD in marine ecology from the Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University (2006).
He did his post doc at the University of Tasmania and the University of British Columbia and has been a visiting researcher and visiting professor at Tokyo University.
Awards and achievements
- Sweden Impact Award (2017)
- The Askö Young Scientist Award, Stockholm University (2011)
- Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
Frida Bengtsson PhD Main supervisor
Österblom, H., Folke, C., Rocha, J., Bebbington, J., Blasiak, R., Jouffray, J.-B., Selig, E. R., Wabnitz, C.C.C., Bengtsson, F., Crona, B., Gupta, R., Henriksson, P. J. G., Johansson, K.A., Merrie, A., Nakayama, S., Ortuño Crespo, G., Rockström, J., Schultz, L., Sobkowiak, M., Søgaard Jørgensen, P., Spijkers, J., Troell, M., Villarubia-Gómez, P., Lubchenco, J. (2022) Scientific mobilization of keystone actors for biosphere stewardship. Scientific Reports 12: 3802 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-07023-8
Österblom, H., Bebbington, J., Blasiak, R., Sobkowiak, M., Folke, C. (2022) Transnational Corporations, Biosphere Stewardship, and Sustainable Futures. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 47: 609-635 https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-120120-052845
Österblom, H., Paasche, Ø. (2021) Earth Altruism. One Earth 4 (10): 1386-1397. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.09.003
Österblom, H., Wabnitz, C.C.C., Tladi, D., Allison, E.H., Arnaud-Haond, S., Bebbington, J., Bennett, N., Blasiak, R., Boonstra, W., Choudhury, A., Cisneros-Montemayor, A., Daw, T., Fabinyi, M., Franz, N., Harden-Davies, H., Kleiber, D., Lopes, P., McDougall, C., Resosudarmo, B.P. , Selim, S.A. (2020) Towards ocean equity. Blue paper commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. World Resources Institute. Available online at https://oceanpanel.org/publication/towards-ocean-equity/
Paasche, Ø., Österblom, H. (2019) Unsustainable Science. One Earth 1(1): 39-42 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2019.08.011
Österblom H. (2019) The World is Yours. The Lancet 391: 528-529 https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32107-X
Österblom, H., Jouffray, J.B., Folke, C., Crona, B., Merrie, A., Troell, M., Rockström, J. (2015) Transnational Corporations as ‘Keystone Actors’ in Marine Ecosystems. PLOS ONE 10(5): e0127533 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0127533
Cury, P. M., Boyd, I. L., Bonhommeau, S., Anker-Nilssen, T., Crawford, R. J. M., Furness, R. W., Mills, J. A., Murphy, E. J., Österblom, H., Paleczny, M., Piatt, J. F., Roux, J.-P., Shannon, L. and Sydeman, W. J. (2011) Global Seabird Response to Forage Fish Depletion, One-Third for the Birds. Science 334:1703-1706. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1212928
News articles with Österblom, Henrik
General news | 2022-12-22
Beatrice Crona and Magnus Nyström appointed as new science directors
Shifts in the scientific leadership of SRC in the new year
Research news | 2022-10-31
An ocean of ideas
New study reveals a forgotten element of the blue economy: designs and innovations inspired by marine life and the deep sea
Research news | 2022-06-29
Seafood industry collaboration launches first progress report
SeaBOS, a science-business collaboration including ten of the world's largest seafood companies, reflect on first five years of work
Research news | 2022-06-01
Looking back at fifty years of Earth-system science
50 years ago, the Stockholm conference was a tipping point in how the world perceived environmental challenges. Today, we need to reach a tipping point towards planetary stewardship
Publications by Österblom, Henrik
Co-productive agility and four collaborative pathways to sustainability transformations
Journal / article | 2022
Co-production, the collaborative weaving of research and practice by diverse societal actors, is argued to play an important role in sustainability transformations. Yet, there is still poor understanding of how to navigate the tensions that emerge in these processes. Through analyzing 32 initiatives worldwide that co-produced knowledge and action to foster sustainable social-ecological relations, we conceptualize ‘co-productiv...
Scientific mobilization of keystone actors for biosphere stewardship
Journal / article | 2022
The biosphere crisis requires changes to existing business practices. We ask how corporations can become sustainability leaders, when constrained by multiple barriers to collaboration for biosphere stewardship. We describe how scientists motivated, inspired and engaged with ten of the world’s largest seafood companies, in a collaborative process aimed to enable science-based and systemic transformations (2015–2021). CEOs face...
Revealing global risks of labor abuse and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing
Journal / article | 2022
Labor abuse on fishing vessels and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing violate human rights, jeopardize food security, and deprive governments of revenues. We applied a multi-method approach, combining new empirical data with satellite information on fishing activities and vessel characteristics to map risks of labor abuse and IUU fishing, understand their relationships, and identify major drivers. Port risks we...