Beijer Fellows

Therese Lindahl | PhD (Economist) , Researcher

The aim of my research is to generate a better understanding of human behavior (drivers, responses and outcomes) in social-ecological systems. My focus is broadly on environmental and resource economics, but more specifically on social dynamics in natural resource dilemmas. I am particularly interested in improving the understanding of the interplay of knowledge, learning and norms. I am employing experimental (lab and field), empirical and theoretical (mainly game theory) methods.

Therese Lindahl


Address: The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics The Royal Swedish Academy of Science Box 50005 SE-104 05 Stockholm Sweden


Broadly, my research focus on human behavior as it relates to the environment. This implies for example that I am interested in the individual and collective behavior of natural resource users facing different forms of social- ecological conditions. These social-ecological conditions could for example include more or less predictable abrupt ecosystem changes, different external policies, different market conditions, different degrees of resource dependency and different social contexts (with respect to e.g., knowledge and trust).

At the other end of the spectrum, we have the behavior of the average citizen/consumer. A better understanding of citizen/consumer behavior should increase the success rate of policy instruments and other types of interventions implemented with the purpose of changing human behavior towards more sustainable. Traditionally this has been the aim of regulations, market based approaches, and information but recently so-called nudges and other psychology-based approaches to behavior-change have increased in popularity, which is also something I am currently working on.

In my research I am employing experimental (lab and field), empirical and theoretical (mainly game theory) methods.

After completing my PhD in Economics at the Stockholm School of economics (2005) I joined the research staff at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. I became one of the Beijer program leaders (and still am) for the Behavior, Economics and Nature Network (BENN) in 2010. During 2015 I became one of the stream leaders for the Biosphere Stewardship stream at Stockholm Resilience Centre. Over the years I have both lead and participated in many research projects. I also supervise and teach PhD students and Master students.