- Environmental economics
- Behavioral economics
- Human decision-making in social-ecological systems
- Economic experiments (lab and field)
- Statistical methods
- Psychology-based approaches to policy (e.g. nudging)
- Social-ecological interactions (modelling)
Lindahl’s research broadly focuses on human behaviour as it relates to the environment
Lindahl is interested in the individual and collective behavior of natural resource users facing different forms of social- ecological conditions. These social-ecological conditions could, for example, include more or less predictable abrupt ecosystem changes, different external policies, different market conditions, different degrees of resource dependency and different social contexts (with respect to e.g., knowledge and trust).
At the other end of the spectrum, we have behavior of the average citizen/consumer. A better understanding of citizen/consumer behavior should increase the success rate of policy instruments and other types of interventions implemented with the purpose of changing human behavior towards more sustainable. Traditionally, this has been the aim of regulations, market based approaches, and information but recently so-called nudges and other psychology-based approaches to behavior-change have increased in popularity, which is also something Lindahl is also currently working on. She employs experimental (lab and field), empirical and theoretical (mainly game theory) methods.
After completing her PhD in Economics at the Stockholm School of economics (2005), she joined the research staff at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. She became one of the Beijer program leaders, a position which she still holds today, for Behavior, Economics and Nature Network (BENN) (2010). In 2015 she became one of the stream leaders for the Biosphere Stewardship stream at SRC. Over the years she has both lead and participated in many research projects. Lindahl’ also supervises PhD students and Master students, as well as teaches, both externally and internally at SRC.
In relation to her work at Beijer and the SRC, Lindahl works with a number of external groups:
- Member of advisory group for Consumer behavior and choices, EAT
- Member of scientific advisory group for FORES
- Member of advisory group for ESO (expertgruppen för studier i offentlig ekonomi), for their report on Nudging
- Member of advisory panel for GreeNudge
Caroline Schill, PhD candidate
Elizabeth Drury O'Neill, PhD candidate
News articles with Lindahl, Therese
Research news | 2022-08-12
What it takes to make different approaches work together
Researchers invite readers “behind the scenes” to share their experiences combining agent-based modelling and controlled behavioural experiments
Research news | 2021-05-16
For urbanites, green areas boost wellbeing
Researchers plan to equip city planners with tools to create healthier, more sustainable cities around the world
Research news | 2020-10-15
This virus makes us question our established ways
With this pandemic, the opportunity to think outside the box is now
Research news | 2020-03-19
Centre partner in programme designed to improve Swedish food system
Four-year programme receives SEK 64 million from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra)
Publications by Lindahl, Therese
Avoiding catastrophic collapse in small-scale fisheries through inefficient cooperation: evidence from a framed field experiment
Journal / article | 2022
Small-scale fisheries (SSFs) are significant for poverty alleviation, but are threatened by over-exploitation and climate change effects such as drastic drops in regrowth rates. How will fishers adapt? To shed light on this, we ran a common-pool resource experiment with SSF fishers in Thailand. Our results show that groups confronted with a potential abrupt drop in the regrowth rate are more likely to form cooperative agreemen...
Combining approaches: Looking behind the scenes of integrating multiple types of evidence from controlled behavioural experiments through agent-based modelling
Journal / article | 2022
Understanding complex (social) phenomena benefits from combining different tools, perspectives, expertise, and experiences. Research designs that combine approaches are gaining in popularity. Carrying out research in interdisciplinary teams, however, is a challenging, high-investment activity. Unawareness of and reflecting on conflicting ways of seeing or studying the world may endanger project success. Agent-based modelling h...