Målqvist, Mats, Director/Professor
Professor Mats Målqvist is the director of Swedesd. His research centers on implementation of interventions for improved maternal, newborn and child health and survival, with a special focus on equity and empowerment. Mats also Deputy Dean of Education at the medical faculty.

Carin Andrews
, Post-doc
Carin Andrews' research area is children and young people with disabilities who live in low-resource environments. Carin has a special interest in developing interventions that can increase participation, health and quality of life. From 2023, Carin will work with SWEDESD when she will, among other things, run the project "FINE-DDD: Family-centred Intervention in Nepal: Epidemiology and participation for children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities" funded by the Swedish Research Council, in collaboration with the Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences and Golden community in Nepal.

Anna Bergström, PhD, Associate Professor
Anna Bergström is an implementation scientist with vast experience of setting-up and evaluating interventions with the ambition to increase implementation capacity in different contexts, including Vietnam, Uganda, Tanzania and Sweden. Anna also works as an implementation expert at the unit of Implementation and Evaluation at the R&D Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, as an affiliated researcher at the PROCOME research group at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) at Karolinska Institutet and as a consultant with UNICEF Tanzania.

Karen Brounéus
, Senior Lecturer
Karen Brounéus is an associate professor who has her primary employment at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. She is leading the course Mindfulness-based Stress Management that is given at SWEDESD. Her research focuses on e.g. on post-war truth and reconciliation processes; the gendered dimensions of war and peace; and psychological health in post-war peacebuilding.

Sarah Dickin
, Lecturer
Sarah Dickin is a lecturer at Swedesd, coordinating the master’s thesis and internship courses. She holds a PhD in geography, and has extensive experience at the science and policy interface in the water sector, including the development of new tools for measuring the social and gender impacts of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions. Sarah’s current research is focused on examining inequalities related to WASH, and more broadly related to planetary health. She currently collaborates with Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) on a project dealing with ‘complicated plastics’ that pose challenges for human health and sustainability, and with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) on a network aiming to integrate WASH with One Health to improve human, animal and environmental health. 

Do, Thao, Research Assistant (on parental leave)
Thao has a background in Business Management with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. At Swedesd, her work centers around co-creation, process design and facilitation, and method development in transdisciplinary research projects. Thao is currently working in the Mistra Environmental Communication programme, where she together with colleagues and societal partners examine the capability of knowledge co-production in supporting sustainability transformations. 

Friman, Eva
, Researcher
Eva Friman has a background in Economics and holds a PhD in Intellectual History. Her research interest spans issues of global equity and ecological sustainability from ecological economics and political ecology perspectives. She has been a transdisciplinary researcher and lecturer for more than 25 years, within e.g., human ecology, ecological economics, political ecology, environment and development studies, and environmental history, and was the director of SWEDESD during 2014-2021. Eva’s current research focuses on transformative learning and collaborative meaning-making in wicked sustainability contexts. She is an adjunct professor at the Sustainability Research Center at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, she lectures on research theory and methods at Swedesd’s master’s program, and she is program director for the research program MISTRA Environmental Communication – Reframing communication for sustainability.

Hellquist, Alexander, Specialist
Alexander has a background in economics with a focus on environmental economics. He has worked at the County Administrative Board, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Water Authorities. At SWEDESD, his main work includes commissioned trainings and certain research on participatory governance. Alexander is particularly interested in how such governance influences preferences of participants, and how authorities initiating participation balance partially conflicting demands placed on them in theories on, e.g., sustainability, democratic innovation and conventional bureaucracy.

Khalaim, Oleksandra, Researcher/Lecturer
Oleksandra Khalaim, PhD, is graduated in Economics (2006), master’s degree in Economics (2007), master’s degree in Environmental Sciences (2010), and Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (2017). She got university teaching experience in Ecology and Sustainable Development study courses for 6 years in Ukraine and Sweden. Her current research interests include education for sustainable development, climate change education and transformative learning methods in higher education, climate change adaptation and management of urban green areas. Oleksandra has been conducting a line of post-doctoral research since September 2019 at SWEDESD. Currently she is undertaking a post doctoral research on climate and mental health among staff and students at Uppsala University Campus Gotland.

Klöcker Larsen, Rasmus
, Affiliated Senior Lecturer
Rasmus Kløcker Larsen focuses broadly on the ethics, practice and politics in land and resource conflicts, drawing on critical social theory and participatory and action-oriented research methodologies. He coordinates the course Power, Equity and Transformation in the MSc program Implementation, Transformative Learning and Sustainability. He also holds a position as Senior Research Fellow and Team Leader at the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Mickelsson, Martin, Post-Doc Researcher
Martin's research interests explores the One Health intersections of human, animal and environmental health through the sustainability challenge of antimicrobial resistance as a topic of education. He is currently leading a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council to study approaches to, and conditions for, antimicrobial resistance education among health practitioners. The project is conducted in collaboration University of Zimbabwe and the ELRC, Rhodes University

Maria Nyström
, Coordinator
Maria is a coordinator at Swedesd where she mainly works with coordinating the center, communication, and the network SIHI – Social Innovation in Health Initiative. She has a master’s in Environmental Communication and Management from SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. She has a great interest in sustainability, transformative learning, and co-creation of knowledge. 

Persson-Fischier, Ulrika
, Lecturer
Ulrika Persson-Fischier is an anthropologist with a strong interest in pedagogical development, transdisciplinarity, and sustainability. Ulrika's research focuses on perspectives around transformative innovation and disruptive system change, and a transdisciplinary starting point for collaboration with social actors, and concepts such as resilience and regeneration, complexity and wicked problems. Ulrika is responsible for SWEDESD Master's Programme in Implementation, Transformative Learning and Sustainability (ITS).

Powell, Neil, Senior Lecturer
Neil Powell is Professor of Sustainable Development with the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Guest Professor at SWEDESD. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Neil’s research, training and development action is geared towards addressing intractable issues and resource dilemmas in the context water resources and governance. His present research examines governance inefficiencies and ambiguities in contexts characterised by abrupt environmental change and controversy. Neil is currently acting research leader at SWEDESD and has been responsible for the start-up of SWEDEDS's master program.

Stansert-Katzen, Linnea, Post-doc
Linnea Stansert Katzen has a PhD in Public Health, and has for several years worked as a researcher at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her research focuses on community health workers and innovative ways to support and strengthen this group of health workers. Since joining Swedesd in early 2023, her research focus has been an evaluation of the Mentor Mother program, a peer-support model for families in a vulnerable area of Gothenburg. 

Urenje, Shepherd, Specialist
Shepherd Urenje works as a Programme Specialist Researcher in Sustainability Education  and Global Health. He obtained his doctoral degree in Sustainability Education from University College of London, UK. Over the years he has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in managing quality education projects, interdisciplinary research and course development in education and sustainable development.

Last modified: 2023-12-21