What do you explore in your PhD-project?
I am part of the “Illuminating power dynamics in cross-scale adaptation for more resilient and just futures (ICARUS)” project. The project as a whole will look at multiple scales of adaptation and will be based in both Sweden and the UK, but my PhD research will mostly focus on local climate change adaptation in Skåne.
What is your background? What did you do before starting your PhD at LUCSUS?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Environmental & Sustainability Studies from Acadia University, in Nova Scotia, Canada. In my Bachelor’s thesis, supervised by Dr. Andrew Davis, I looked at the reputational punishments for environmental violations in Canada, that is how do markets punish companies that break environmental law. During my bachelor’s degree I also worked as a research assistant for Dr. Peter Ricketts at Acadia University. Together with Dr. Ricketts, I worked on coastal adaptation in Canada and around the globe. After my Bachelor’s degree, I completed a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada under the supervision of Dr. Allison Goebel. My Master’s research focused on the goals, methods, and means of the youth climate movement in Canada.
What made you want to apply for PhD studies at LUCSUS?
I was drawn to LUCSUS because of its collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to research. I think this is one of the key aspects that makes LUCSUS unique, and I was really attracted to this type of work environment for my PhD studies.
What excites you most about your work as a PhD student?
I think there are a few different things I am excited about. First, I am excited to be part of the ICARUS project because I believe that the work that will be done in this project is very important and aligns well with my research interest. Second, I am excited to get to work with and learn from amazing colleagues at LUCSUS. Lastly, I am excited to get to work at Lund University which is a university that is very special to me and my family as I am the third generation in my family to attend this institution.
What do you hope your research can contribute with to society?
I hope my research will help create debate about local climate adaptation in Sweden. I am also hoping this research will provide more information on how climate change adaptation and power intersect.