Designation: Postdoctoral research fellow Expertise: Civic engagement, environmental stewardship, human–nature relationships, inter- and transdisciplinary research, natural resource management, network analysis, sense of place, urban social-ecological systems, water governance.
Johan joined ACDI in February 2018, working as postdoctoral fellow in the AXA-funded project ‘Urban governance for resilience in the global South’. The aim of this project is to explore the governance of urban resilience and water security in Cape Town, and characterize what priorities the City and various other actors and stakeholders have regarding resilience-building and social justice.
Johan is interested in how people living in cities relate to nature and the ecosystems that support them, especially understanding what enables and encourages more sustainable behaviour. He completed his PhD in Sustainability Science in 2017 at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden. His doctoral project focused on the notion of stewardship, as expressed through civic engagement for protecting urban ecosystems. This was explored using mixed quantitative and qualitative methods and a social–ecological systems lens. Johan has collaborated with colleagues at the US Forest Service’s New York City Urban Field Station, at Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources, and the Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and the Environment.
Johan holds an MSc in Ecosystems, Governance, and Resilience from Stockholm University and a BSc in Environment and Development from Södertörn University. Throughout his training, he has focused on people's efforts collaborate to manage and protect green (and blue) areas close to where they live. He has conducted field work in New York, USA (2016), in Bangalore, India (2011-2012 and in 2013), in Zanzibar, Tanzania (2011), and in Babati, Tanzania (2010).