Södertörn University in south Stockholm is a dynamic institute of research and higher education with a unique interdisciplinary profile focussed on Baltic and East European Studies. The Environmental Studies department has extensive experience of interdisciplinary research on sustainability challenges and environmental governance in the Baltic Sea region. Several recent research projects have addressed topics of relevance for analysing and developing maritime spatial planning, e.g. science-policy interactions, stakeholder communication and marine environmental governance. Södertörn University has, for example, coordinated the BONUS+ project RISKGOV (2009-2011) analysing the governance of environmental problems and risks in the Baltic Sea.
Michael Gilek is Associate Professor in Ecology and has extensive research experience on environmental issues and their governance in marine environments. Understanding challenges and possibilities in science-policy interactions has been a topic of particular interest. In his current research Michael leads international interdisciplinary studies analysing environmental governance and maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea.
Björn Hassler, is Associate Professor in Environmental Studies with expertise on environmental policy, governance and Baltic Sea regional studies. He has published extensively in scientific journals and books on topics related to marine governance in the Baltic Sea region, such as on oil spills and shipping, regional institutions and cooperation and environmental risk governance.
Mikael Karlsson is agronomist and PhD in Environmental and Energy Systems. His research focuses on environmental governance and policy, including risk management, science-policy studies, chemicals law, climate policy and marine governance.
In BALTSPACE, Mikael will mainly work with analyses of policy and sector integration within the case studies with a focus on the challenges of integrating environmental objectives with Blue Growth in MSP.
Ralph Tafon is PhD student in Environmental Studies. He has a Master of Science in both Human Geography and Environmental Studies with specializations on the political ecology of integrated conservation and development projects, considering conflicts and power relations in decision-making processes.