Michael Gilek

Michael Gilek

Associate Professor

Subject Coordinator


My research concerns environmental governance and difficulties in achieving environmental and sustainability goals. Especially relating to marine and coastal issues.

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Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies

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Michael Gilek is Professor in Environmental Science and has extensive experience of empirical and theoretical research on environmental science, assessment and management of environmental risks, and marine environmental governance. In his ongoing research Michael analyses and compares marine spatial planning, as well as the governance of important human-induced environmental risks (e.g. overfishing, eutrophication and chemical pollution) in the Baltic Sea and other marine areas. These projects bring together researchers from various social and natural sciences to reach a more comprehensive understanding of the governance of environmental risks and natural resources. A central theme in the research is on understanding interactions between scientific knowledge production and the management of environmental issues and risks.

Selected recent publications

Karlsson M and Gilek M. 2019. Mind the gap – coping with delay in environmental governance. Ambio https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13280-019-01265-z

Saunders F, Gilek M, Day J, Hassler B, McCann J and Smythe, T. 2019. Examining the role of integration in MSP: towards an analytical framework to understand challenges in diverse MSP settings. Ocean and Coastal Management 169:1-9

Gilek, M., Saunders, F. and Stalmokaitė, I. 2019. The Ecosystem Approach and Sustainable Development in Baltic Sea Marine Spatial Planning - The Social Pillar, a Slow Train Coming. In Langlet, D and Rayfuse, R. (eds), The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Governance Perspectives from Europe and Beyond. Brill Netherlands. ISBN 978-90-04-38998-4. Pp. 160-194

Edvardsson Björnberg, K. Karlsson, M. Gilek, M., Hansson, SO. 2017. Climate and Environmental Science Denial: A Review of the Scientific Literature Published in 1990-2015. J Cleaner Prod. 167:229-241.

Gilek, M., Karlsson, M., Linke, S. and Smolarz, K. (eds.). 2016. Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea. Springer.

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