Johanna Johansson


Senior Lecturer

PhD Political Science. Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences with specialization in Environmental Social Sciences. Research on bioeconomy, forest policy and governance.

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Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Johanna Johansson holds a PhD in Political Science from Umeå University. Prior to her doctoral defense, she was enrolled as a Visiting Assistant in Research (VAR) at Yale University, USA. She works as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies with specialization in Environmental Social Sciences at the School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University. Her research has included studies of the legitimacy, accountability and environmental effectiveness of different policy tools that are used to regulate the use of environmental resources, such as private marked-based certification schemes and collaborative policy processes. Today, her major research interest is in the policy design and outcomes of different forest policies in the Swedish political landscape, combining analyses of policy formulation and implementation on-the-ground. Particular attention is given to the role of government-initiated collaborative processes. This work is interdisciplinary and draws on different perspectives in collaborative governance theory. Another important part of her work is science-to-policy outreach and communication with end-users.

Recent publications

Johansson, J., Lidskog, R. 2020. Constructing and justifying risk and accountability after extreme events: Public administration and stakeholders’ responses to a wildfire disaster. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, accepted.

Johansson, J., Ranius, T. 2019. Biomass outtake and bioenergy development in Sweden: the role of policy and economic presumptions. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 34(8): 771-778

Sténs, A., Roberge, J-M., Löfmarck, E., Beland-Lindahl, K., Felton, A., Widmark, C., Rist, L., Johansson, J., Nordin, A., Nilsson, U., Laudon, H., Ranius, T. 2019. From ecological knowledge to conservation policy: a case study on green tree retention and continuous cover forestry in Sweden. Biodiversity and Conservation, 28:3547-3574.

Lidskog, R., Johansson, J., Sjödin, D. 2019. Wildfires, responsibility and trust: public understanding of Sweden’s largest wildfire. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 34(4): 319-328.

Johansson, J., Sandström, C., Lundmark, T. 2018. Inspired by structured decision making: a collaborative approach to the governance of multiple forest values. Ecology and Society, 23(4): 16.

Olschewski, R., Sandström, C., Kasymov, U., Johansson, J., Fürst, C., Ring, I. 2018. Policy Forum: Challenges and opportunities in developing new forest governance systems: Insights from the IPBES assessment for Europe and Central Asia. Forest Policy and Economics, 97: 175-179.

Johansson, J., 2018. Collaborative governance for sustainable forestry in the emerging bio-based economy in Europe. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 32: 9-16.

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The process of deliberating and adopting a Swedish National Forest Program in the emerging bioeconomy

Towards a reformed forest policy