National Committee

A Swedish national committee for global environmental change (GEC) has been appointed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences which is a national member of ICSU.


The aim of the committee is to create links between national and international global change research with primary focus on the international global environmental change programmes, notably Future Earth.  


New members of the Swedish National Committee for Global Environmental Change

SSEESS represents and organises the Swedish National Committee for Global Environmental Change, whose members are appointed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences which is the national member of ICSU. The aim of the National Committee is to create links between national and international global change research, with primary focus on major international programmes – notably Future Earth.

The National Committee was recently reconstructed and currently consists of 12 members, scientists from a range of Swedish universities and research areas within natural and social sciences relevant to global environmental change. Additional members will be appointed in the coming year, primarily recruited from relevant societal stakeholders and organisations.


Members of the Swedish National Committee for Global Environmental Change, 2016-2018:

Margareta  is a researcher based at the Dept. of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University in Sweden. She has a broad experience in Arctic research, ranging from glaciology/climatology to Arctic ecology and for the last decade she has been focussing on permafrost in a changing climate. She is currently the Coordinator of INTERACT, networking 77 research stations in the North.

Katarina is Associate professor in Environmental Inorganic Chemistry at Department of Chemistry and Chemical engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. Her research is about global transport and transformation of mercury species in the environment and how these processes are affected by climate change.


  • Agneta Andersson  is professor in Pelagic Ecology at Umeå University. Her research focuses on the regulation of productivity in aquatic systems and ecosystem dynamics in the Baltic Sea in a climate change perspective. She is coordinator of a Swedish marine strategic research environment – EcoChange.

  • Johanna Björklund is Associate Professor in Environmental Science, at the School of Science and Technology, Örebro University. Here research focus is sustainable food production systems with a transdisciplinary approach. Her expertise is in temperate agroforestry as well as in methods for assessment of ecological sustainability and ecosystem services in agriculture.

  • Deliang Chen is a Professor in Physical Meteorology at the University of Gothenburg and an internationally renowned climate researcher. In the past, he acted as Director of the Gothenburg Atmospheric Science Centre, Science Director of the Beijing Climate Center, and Executive Director of International council for Science (ICSU).

  • Anneli Ekblom, Uppsala University, is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University. Her main research interest is centred on socio-environmental dynamics; an interdisciplinary study residing in the intersection between Environmental History, Historical Ecology and Archaeology.

  • Birgitta Evengård is professor infectious diseases, Department of Clinical Microbiology Umeå University, Sweden, head Division of Infectious Diseases, and a senior consultant. She was Chair of ARCUM, Arctic Research Center at Umeå University in 2012-2016.  She is Principal Investigator for the Nordforsk grant ‘Responsible Development in the North. The focus of her research has been infectious disease in diagnostics, epidemiology and clinical findings.


  • Hans-Christen Hansson is a professor in Air pollution at the department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University with a 30 year long carrier in science. His research is mostly within larger international projects directed towards investigations of the life cycle of the atmospheric particles, later especially how atmospheric particles influence the radiation budget. He has an extensive international network including as co-chair of ILEAPS, a core project within Future Earth.

  • Gunnar Köhlin is an Associate Professor on Environment and Development Economics at the Environmental Economics Unit, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. As co-founder of EEU he has now spent almost 30 years working with applications of environmental economics in developing countries. With support from Sida he has built environmental economics capacity in developing countries.

  • Lennart Olsson is professor of Geography at Lund University, and was the founding Director of LUCSUS 2000-16. Current research focuses on the politics of climate change in the context of poverty, food insecurity and ill-health in sub-Saharan Africa. He was Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on Livelihoods and Poverty in IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report 2011-14.

  • Semida Silveira, Semida Silveira, is Professor in Energy Systems Planning, head of Energy and Climate Studies (ECS) and director of international affairs with Brazil at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. ECS leads an interdisciplinary research program linking the topics of energy, climate change and sustainable development.

  • Lize-Marié van der Watt is a researcher at KTH, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment. She did her research training in history, with a focus on socio-environmental history. Her past research included work on locust plagues in southern Africa. Lize-Marié’s current work focuses on the polar regions, specifically on the global geopolitical and institutional contexts of Arctic environmental change as well as social- and environmental histories of Antarctica.