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. She is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.

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 also given to pathways to climate action in Swedish forest policy and management. Further, her work is often interdisciplinary and draws on different perspectives in governance theory. An important part of her work is science-to-policy outreach, co-creation of knowledge and communication with end-users.

Recent peer-review publications

Bjärstig, T., Johansson, J., Mancheva, I., & Sandström, C. 2024. Collaboration as a policy instrument in public administration: Evidence from forest policy and governance. Environmental Policy and Governance, 1–12.

Löfroth, T., Merinero, S., Johansson, J. et al. 2024. “Land-sparing benefits biodiversity while land-sharing benefits ecosystem services”: Stakeholders’ perspectives on biodiversity conservation strategies in boreal forests. Ambio, 53: 20-33.

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.

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