Introduction to Thomas Elmqvist and Asa Norrman

Dear DNR Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students,

We have two Swedish visitors, Thomas Elmqvist and Asa Norrman, in DNR for fall semester. Below are their short cvs. If you would like to meet with Thomas or Asa, pls contact them at the following emails. They welcome discussions in their office in Rice Hall or over burritos at Manndibles!

Please welcome Thomas and Asa.

Marianne E. Krasny, Professor and Chair


Thomas Elmqvist, PhD, is a professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University. His research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social institutions. He is coordinating a major interdisciplinary research themes as part of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, focusing on governance and management of ecosystem services in urban landscapes, involving 12 cities around the world. He was involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and principal investigator of several multidisciplinary projects in Africa. He serves as associated editor for the journals Ecology and Society, Conservation and Society, Ambio and Sustainability Science. He is currently a co-chair of the Science Committee bioSustainability, as part of Diversitas  and participated as a coordinating lead author in the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity project.

Åsa Norrman, EcoLegal International, former Director at the Government offices, Sweden, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of environmental law and policy. Åsa Norrman has held the position of Director for Natural resources at the Ministry of Environment 2006-2010, with overall responsibility for biological diversity, nature conservation, marine and water policy encompassing ie the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ramsar, CITES, HECOM, IWC, Natura 2000 and Water framework directive. She was the EU-representative to the CBD COP 10 bureau 2008-2010 and followed closely the negotiations of the ABS-protocol. She has been active in the networks of European Nature and Water directors and led the EU ministerial High level meeting 2009 Visions for Biodiversity Beyond 2010. She has been instrumental in supporting the work of TEEB (The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity) and the negotiations of the IPBES (International science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). She was formerly director at the Ministry of Agriculture responsible for Rural development, Common fisheries policy, Hunting and wildlife and Sami affairs. She has held the position of deputy director for the division for Environmental quality encompassing climate policy, air quality, nuclear safety, environmental monitoring. She has chaired the Committee of the North Sea senior officials. She worked 92-98 with licensing of environmental hazardous industries and is co-author of the book “Miljöfarlig industri och bostäder, en rättslig studie“.  Åsa Norrman is a Swedish national, born 1962. She holds a master of Law -87, Uppsala University followed by three years of legal work in district and appeals court.