Presentation of members


Monika Berg is associate professor in Sociology at Örebro University and research leader of the Environmental Sociology group. Her main research interest is the interrelationship of knowledge production and policy formation and epistemic constrains on transformative change. Berg is currently involved in the Norwegian research project Ecolog, looks at the implementation and justification of ecosystem services in Norway and Sweden.

Magnus Boström is Professor of Sociology. In his research, Boström focuses on politics, representation, as well as consumer and social movement action in relation to a variety of environmental and sustainability issues. Boström engages in the conceptual development of environmental sociology.

Lisa Broberg is a PhD student in Sociology. Her research interests include climate change governance, social justice and power relations, knowledge production and its issues concerning representation. Broberg has a theoretical expertise in feminist political ecology, postcolonial theory and critical security studies. In her doctoral thesis, she is exploring knowledge production of climate change with a focus on overpopulation discourses from a feminist decolonial perspective.

Åsa Callmer is a postdoctoral researcher with a PhD in Planning and Decision Analysis (KTH Royal Institute of Technology 2020). Her research interests concern sustainable lifestyles and planning and politics for sustainable transitions. She is currently involved in a research project focusing on how social relations may hinder or facilitate reduced consumption. Her PhD thesis “Making sense of sufficiency: Entries, practices and politics” deals with the idea, practices, and politics of sufficiency in an affluent consumerist society.

Dominik Döllinger is a senior lecturer in sociology with a PhD from Uppsala University. His research addresses questions about society’s ongoing rationalization and its intended and unintended consequences. Dominik is a historical sociologists who usually employs historical research methods and wants to understand contemporary societal developments in their broader historical point context.

Carina Green is a senior lecturer in Sociology. With a PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Green’s research focuses on indigenous peoples’ relation with environmental state agencies, co-management processes and knowledge integration practices. The intersection between global and local policies and practices is of particular interest. Identity processes, ethno-political strategies, heritage discourses, bureaucratic structures and cultural appropriation are some of the themes that her research has pinpointed. Fieldwork areas are mainly the North of Sweden, New Zealand and Australia. 

Karin Gustafsson is associate professor in sociology and research director at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Social Science (CESSS) at Örebro University. Currently she is studying science role in international environmental governance, and the socialization of young scholars as experts. Her main research interest is in knowledge production, primarily in the fields of environmental sociology, sociology of knowledge, and science and technology studies. Karin has previously worked at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA (2014), and Wageningen University, the Netherlands (January-June 2018 and January-June 2019).

Sara Karimzadeh is associate senior lecturer in sociology at Örebro University. She obtained her PhD in sociology at University of Tabriz, Iran, in 2018 and began her affiliation with Örebro University in 2021 as a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow to study ethical consumption in Sweden and Iran. Her research focuses on the sociology of consumption, with a particular emphasis on (un)sustainable consumption practices, consumption and production processes, ethical/political consumption, and sufficiency and care. Since 2023, she has been actively engaged in both research and educational roles within the sociology department.  Sara took a sabbatical leave at Groningen University in the Netherlands in 2017 and was visiting researcher at Trento University in Italy from September 2019 to August 2020.

Rolf Lidskog has a PhD in sociology (Uppsala University 1994) and a PhD in ethics (Uppsala University 2007). He works as professor of sociology at Örebro University. His research interests include environmental policy and politics at the international and national levels, especially the role of expertise in environmental governance. A central issue in this research is how actors perceive, evaluate and manage risks, where there are conflicting views on what is the most suitable way to manage them. To answer this question, he has studied a variety of environmental areas: climate change, air pollution policy, nuclear waste management, hazardous waste management and biodiversity.

Martin Lind has a PhD in sociology (Örebro University 2002) and works as a Senior Lecturer at Örebro University. His research interests include sociology of work and organizations, primarily on the topics of social networks, work environment and organizational development.

Erik Löfmarck has a PhD in sociology and works as a Senior Lecturer at Örebro University. His PhD-thesis "Den hand som föder dig: en studie av risk, mat och moderskap i Sverige och Polen" (Uppsala University, 2014) is a study of how mothers of young children in Stockholm and Warsaw perceive and manage risk concerning food. His earlier research broadly concerns the relationship between state and citizen, e.g. the interaction between science, politics and the public in the regulation of cross-border environmental problems, with a particular focus on the interaction between different forms of knowledge. 

Helena Römmelmann is a PhD student in sociology and part of the WATCH research school. She has a master’s degree in Risk Management in Society from Karlstad’s university. She has worked as a research assistant in international and national projects on risk and sustainable development. Helena’s doctoral project regards the human – nature relationship and the notion of the Rights of Nature, focusing on water in the context of governance and planning. Her research interests lie within the realm of sustainable transformation and environmental- and social justice issues related to climate change.

Daniel Sjödin has a PhD in sociology and is postdoctoral fellow. His PhD-thesis "Migration, religion and integration in a segregated context "(Lund University, 2011) identifies social mechanisms on the societal, organizational and individual levels that link commitments, membership and integration. Earlier he has studied forest governance, in particular how norms and knowledge guide the forest governance and how experiences of a forest fire disaster effect beliefs, trust and risk estimations. He has also participated in a study of one of the largest forest fire disasters in Sweden.  At present he is preparing a study of preppers, in particular risk culture, risk estimations and beliefs among preppers. His research is both qualitative and quantitative.

Linda Soneryd works as professor of sociology at Örebro University. She received her PhD at Örebro University (2002), became associate professor at Stockholm University (2008) and was promoted as professor at the University of Gothenburg (2017). Her research focuses on environmental governance, public participation, and citizen involvement in areas such as climate change, nuclear waste management and emerging technologies.

Sandra Österlund is a PhD student in Sociology. Her research interest regards sustainable lifestyles and the impact of reduced consumption on individual wellbeing. Her PhD project will focus on possible alternatives to consumer culture that could offer more sustainable ways of achieving wellbeing and life satisfaction.