My PhD project focuses on the conceptualization of values of natural environments to society. The objective is to study the construction of value within the ecosystem services paradigm.
Ecosystem services is a contested but widely applied framework that through its conceptualization instrumentalizes ecosystem functions towards particular ends related to human wellbeing or preferences. I contribute to the debate around the consequences of the anthropocentric framing of the ecosystem services concept, and to what extent its methodology can be integrated with local and situated values of nature. My work involves engagement with the philosophical foundations of values of nature, the integration of disciplines involved, questions of incommensurability with local values of nature, as well as the implementation of the ES approach amongst practitioners. My empirical work is based on fieldwork in municipalities in Skåne in Sweden, in Cape Town, South Africa and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
My background is in Environmental Social Science and I have an undergraduate degree in Environmental Social Science and Human Ecology from the University of Gothenburg and a Master of Science degree in Ecosystem Services from the University of Edinburgh. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a research assistant at the University of Kristianstad during 2014 and 2015, in the research project ECOSIMP (Ecosystem Services Implementation). I also have work experience from Tamil Nadu in India, for an environmental organization working for food security through community-based natural resource management with small-scale farmers.
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