- Ocean governance
- The polar regions
- Ocean stewardship
- Corporate actors
- High seas fishing
Frida Bengtsson's research focuses on ocean governance with a particular focus on fisheries
Bengtsson is a PhD candidate at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University where she works on ocean governance and the role of corporate stewardship in the management of marine resources. She focuses in particular on ownership dynamics and governance systems that facilitate transshipments, that is when catches are transferred between fishing vessels and refrigerated cargo vessel – a practice often described as opaque and underpinning illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as human rights abuses at sea.
Bengtsson holds a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a major in Geography and a Master’s degree in Development Studies.
Before joining the Stockholm Resilience Centre, she worked with Greenpeace where she was involved in and negotiated several sustainability commitments covering entire supply chains from Russian and Norwegian fishermen to household brands such as McDonalds and Birds Eye. In 2018 she negotiated a major voluntary conservation agreement with the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesters (ARK) to limit fishing in key areas for penguins during the breeding season and in 2020 ARK further committed to close an area in Antarctica for fishing all year around.
She has also led two ship expeditions to Antarctica conducting the first re-count of Chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island in over 50 years and identifying new vulnerable marine ecosystems where several are now formally protected against bottom fishing. Her work with Greenpeace has also taken her to the Arctic and scientific expeditions focusing on the impacts of ocean acidification and sea ice dynamics.
In her previous role she attended multiple meetings of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) as well as UN negotiations on a new high seas’ biodiversity treaty.
Awards and achievements
- Member of advisory group to the Swedish Government ahead of The Ocean Conference
- Member of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) advisory group
- Awared a Nordplus stipend for studies at Pomor State University, Arkhangelsk Russia
News articles with Bengtsson, Frida
Research news | 2023-03-06
Historic high seas treaty a win for planet and people
The new UN treaty on biodiversity in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction is a major step for ocean sustainability, according to centre researchers
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 | 2021-06-09
Four signs the seafood industry is getting wiser about the ocean
“Bitter realities” remain but signs exist that seafood industry operations are starting to be more reflective of stewardship ideals
Research news | 2021-06-05
Getting to the bottom of the dark side of the seafood industry
Centre PhD student Frida Bengtsson explains the complexities of dealing with illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and why she has never felt more hopeful than now
Publications by Bengtsson, Frida
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...
Evolving Perspectives of Stewardship in the Seafood Industry
Journal / article | 2021
Humanity has never benefited more from the ocean as a source of food, livelihoods, and well-being, yet on a global scale this has been accompanied by trajectories of degradation and persistent inequity. Awareness of this has spurred policymakers to develop an expanding network of ocean governance instruments, catalyzed civil society pressure on the public and private sector, and motivated engagement by the general public as co...