Therese Lindahl

Programme director, PhD

Therese Lindahl

Lindahl’s research broadly focuses on human behavior as it relates to the biosphere. This means for example that she conducts research on collective action problems around shared natural resources, and investigates how local resource users perceive and respond to the increasingly challenging resource conditions that they are confronted with.

It also implies a research focus on understanding motives and drives of everyday behaviours like food and energy consumption, waste and transportation behaviour of the average citizen, and how these behaviors can be changed both on individual and aggregate levels. Lately she has also been interested in exploring to what extent contact (or lack of contact) with nature affects our cognitive capacities, mental health, and our social relations.

She employs experimental (lab and field), empirical and theoretical methods in her work and combines theories and insights from a variety of disciplines and research fields, such as environmental economics, behavioural economics, sustainability science, environmental psychology, and social and cognitive psychology.

After completing her PhD in Economics at the Stockholm School of economics (2005), she joined the research staff at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. She became one of the Beijer program leaders 2010, a position which she still holds today, for Behavior, Economics and Nature (BEN). In 2015 she became one of the stream leaders for the Biosphere Stewardship Stream at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.

Selected Publications

A more dynamic understanding of human behaviour in the Anthropocene

Schill C., J.M. Anderies, T. Lindahl, C. Folke, S. Polasky, et al. 2019. Nature Sustainability, in press.

Social norms as Solutions

Nyborg,. K, J.M. Anderies, A. Dannenberg, T. Lindahl, C. Schill, M. Schlüter, et al. 2016. Social norms as Solutions. Science 354(6308):42-43.

Potential disaster can turn the tragedy into success

Lindahl, T., A.-S. Crépin. and C. Schill. 2016. Potential disasters can turn the tragedy into success. Environmental and Resource Economics 65(3):657-676.