Johanna Johansson

Johanna Johansson

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor in Political Science and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences. Research on pathways to a low carbon society, collaborative platforms and forest governance.

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Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies


Dr. Johansson holds a PhD in Political Science from Umeå University, Sweden. She works as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Social Sciences and as an Associate Professor in Political Science 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 instruments that are used to regulate the use of environmental resources, such as private marked-based certification schemes and collaborative policy processes. At present, her major research interest is in the policy design and outcomes of collaborative governance in public administration, combining analyses of policy formulation and implementation on-the-ground. Attention is given to pathways to climate action in Swedish forest policy and management. This work is interdisciplinary and draws on different perspectives in governance theory. Her research interest for governance and accountability surfaces also in her research on wildfire disasters and crisis management. An important part of her work is science-to-policy outreach, co-creation of knowledge and communication with end-users.

Recent peer-review publications

Holmgren, S., Giurca, A., Johansson, J. et al. 2022. Whose transformation is this? Unpacking the ‘apparatus of capture’ in Sweden’s bioeconomy. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 42(2): 44-57.

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, 22(3): 353-365.

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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Governance pathways and policy design for sustainable forest use (GOVFORBIO)

On the road to a bio-based economy

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

Towards a reformed forest policy