- Cultural evolution
- Human cooperation
- Marine ecosystems
- Ocean stewardship
- Seabird ecology
- Sustainability Science
Henrik Österblom investigates how humans interact with each other and with the Biosphere, with a particular focus on the ocean
Österblom is science director and responsible for co-developing strategic scientific priorities, partnerships and securing long-term funding. His research focus on ocean governance, with a particular focus on science-business collaboration, development and use of novel technologies, and improved seafood management. He has been leading the keystone dialogues process (2015-2022) and has taken part in shaping the SeaBOS initiative.
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 Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC), University of Tasmania and at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre in 2009-2010. He has been a visiting researcher and visiting professor at Tokyo University in 2017 and 2021 respectively. Österblom worked as commissioner and special advisor for the Swedish government between 2002-2007.
Österblom is chairman of the SeaBOS fundraising foundation and board member of Race for the Baltic fundraising foundation. He has been a member of the of SARAS2 - South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies - international advisory board since 2016 and member of the Expert Group of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy between 2018-2020.
Scientific soundtracks and inspiration mostly from Y. Lean, C. Power, Ye, P.J., F. Ocean, and always: N. Cave
Awards and achievements
- Sweden Impact Award (2017)
- The Askö Young Scientist Award, Stockholm University (2011)
- Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
- David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- Walton Family Foundation
- Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
- IKEA Foundation
- Gullspång Invest
Österblom, H., Blasiak, R. (2021) Oil licences undermine Norway´s ocean leadership. Nature 590 (7847): 551 https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-00445-w
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., Rockström, J. (2017) Emergence of a global science-business initiative for ocean stewardship. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 114: 9038-9043 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1704453114
Österblom, H., Crona, B., Folke, C., Nyström, M., Troell, M. (2017) Marine ecosystem science on an intertwined planet. Ecosystems 20: 54-61 DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-9998-6
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
News articles with Österblom, Henrik
Research news | 2022-05-04
What will it take to save the human ocean?
Seminar on ocean sustainability highlights importance of urgent and collaborative stewardship of the big blue
Research news | 2022-04-05
Study maps risks of labour abuse and illegal fishing at world's ports
Of more than 750 ports assessed around the world, more than half are associated with risk of labour abuse or illegal fishing
Research news | 2022-03-06
Unlikely partnership generates impact
Working with companies may feel uncomfortable, but can produce transformational changes to an entire industry
Research news | 2021-12-14
Turning tension into transformation
Too much time is spent debating which agenda for change is best, instead of finding ways to facilitate better interactions among different interests