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Karin Gustafsson

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303184

Room: F3274

Karin Gustafsson

About Karin Gustafsson

Karin is associate professor in sociology. She is an environmental sociologist with a special interest in studying knowledge production and relations between knowledge producers.

Karin’s research is primarily focusing on climate change and biodiversity issues in the fields of environmental sociology, sociology of knowledge, and science and technology studies.

Currently, Karin is studying science role in international environmental governance and international expert organizations' socialization of young scholars.

Karin is the director of Center for Environmental and Sustainability Social Science (CESSS). The directorship is shared with Erik Hysing and Maria Ojala.

Karin is a guest editor in Sustainability for the Special Issue "Producing Knowledge and Expertise to Govern for a Sustainable Future". (Deadline for manuscript submissions 31 Oktober 2020.)

Karin teaches on both undergraduate- and graduate level. She teaches on the topics of academic writing, research design, qualitative methods, philosophy of science, sustainable development, and environmental sociology. In addition, Karin supervises both bachelor and master theses.

Karin has previously been a guest researcher at:

  • Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University, England (October- December 2012).
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Science and Technology Studies/Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA (2014, Postdoctoral Associate).
  • Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen UR, Netherlands (January-June 2018).
  • Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands. (January-June 2019)



Articles in journals |  Articles, book reviews |  Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Lidskog, R. , Berg, M. , Gustafsson, K. M. & Löfmarck, E. (2020). Cold Science Meets Hot Weather: Environmental Threats, Emotional Messages and Scientific Storytelling. Media and Communication, 8 (1), 118-128.
Borie, M. , Gustafsson, K. M. , Obermeister, N. , Turnhout, E. & Bridgewater, P. (2020). Institutionalising reflexivity? Transformative learning and the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Environmental Science and Policy, 110, 71-76.
Balvandera, P. , Jacobs, S. , Nagendra, H. , O'Farrell, P. , Bridgewater, P. , Crouzat, E. , Dendoncker, N. , Goodwin, S. & et al. (2020). The science-policy interface on ecosystems and people: challenges and opportunities. Ecosystems and People, 16 (1), 345-353.
Gustafsson, K. M. , Berg, M. , Lidskog, R. & Löfmarck, E. (2019). Intersectional boundary work in socializing new experts: The case of IPBES. Ecosystems and people, 15 (1), 181-191.
Boström, M. , Andersson, E. , Berg, M. , Gustafsson, K. M. , Gustavsson, E. , Hysing, E. , Lidskog, R. , Löfmarck, E. & et al. (2018). Conditions for Transformative Learning for Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Review and Approach. Sustainability, 10 (12).
Gustafsson, K. M. , Wolf, S. A. & Agrawal, A. A. (2017). Science-Policy-Practice Interfaces: Emergent knowledge and monarch butterfly conservation. Environmental Policy and Governance, 27 (6), 521-533.
Gustafsson, K. M. , Agrawal, A. A. , Lewenstein, B. V. & Wolf, S. A. (2015). The Monarch Butterfly through Time and Space: The Social Construction of an Icon. BioScience, 65 (6), 612-622.
Gustafsson, K. M. (2014). Biological diversity under development: a study of the co-production that is biological diversity. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 11 (2), 109-124.
Gustafsson, K. (2011). Made in conflict: local residents' construction of a local environmental problem. Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 16 (7), 655-670.

Articles, book reviews

Gustafsson, K. M. (2015). Latest News on the Monarch Butterfly. BioScience, 65 (12), 1190-1192.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Gustafsson, K. M. (2013). The importance of trust.: a study of knowledge production of biodiversity.. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro University.


Gustafsson, K. M. , Löfmarck, E. , Salmonsson, L. & Uggla, Y. (2019). Skrivutveckling i stora studentgrupper: Erfarenheter från ett pedagogiskt utvecklingsprojekt. Örebro: Örebro University (Arbetsrapporter från Högskolepedagogiskt centrum 1).