Ms. Åsa Persson
Research Director and Deputy Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute
Prof Åsa Persson is Research Director and Deputy Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, where she is a member of the executive team and leads the development and implementation of the institute’s research strategy. As a social scientist and governance scholar, her research currently focuses on policy coherence in the national implementation of climate policy and SDGs. Her previous research has looked at environmental governance as international and national levels, including follow-up and review of the SDGs, global governance of climate change adaptation, environmental policy integration, and development of the planetary boundaries concept. Ms Persson has more than 80 publications, including peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Nature and Nature Climate Change and reports for policy-maker audiences. She regularly engages with stakeholders and advises governments and international organizations. She is Adjunct Professor at Linköping University, Sweden, and a member of several scientific steering committees and advisory boards. Since 2023, she is Chair of the Swedish Climate Policy Council. Ms Persson holds a PhD in human geography research from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has been a visiting scholar at Australian National University and Macquarie University, Sydney.