ResearcherSchool of Global
Vetenskaplig samordnareSwedish Institute for
About Andrea Morf
My master in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, my Ph.D. in human ecology from the University of Gothenburg, and my professional experience in regional planning and environmental consultancy have given me a solid base for interdisciplinary cooperation in both research and practical management. I like combining research and teaching with consultancy. I am also interested in collaboration for developing courses relevant for environmental practice. With a foot in both social and natural sciences I can help developing links between disciplines for research, teaching, and practice. I enjoy applying my experiences in event- and project management from nature-experience oriented education and scouting even in academic and professional settings (workshops, teaching, or research projects).
Languages: German, Swedish, English, French and some Italian.
Natural resource-, coastal- & ocean management, marine ecology and -environmental problems (climatic change, acidification, biodiversity loss, pollution, etc.); spatial planning, participation, conflict management, environmental pedagogy; rural development, sustainable development, resilience; transdisciplinarity in research and practice.
Ongoing research and other relevant work
The Road Towards Koster Sea National Park: The Significance of Local Participation. A Pilot Process of Maritime Management and Conservation Planning in Sweden Introducing integrative and participatory management of marine resources to an originally centralist and sector-based system of governance as in Sweden presents challenges. International pressure towards participatory and ecosystem based management, e.g. the Convention of Biodiversity and the European Union’s Integrated Maritime Policy, Marine Strategy Directive and ICZM-recommendations, are increasing.
One year ago, Sweden has inaugurated its first marine national park comprising the Koster and coastal archipelago in Strömstad and Tanum municipalities. The road towards the park has been long, curvy, and bumpy. Ideas first presented more than 30 years ago met little local enthusiasm. In the end, top-down management has met bottom-up initiative; conservation is no more a "dead hand" but provides potential for rural development through sustainable tourism. Local users are not merely tolerated but an important part in the park's management structure, the Koster Sea delegation and its thematic advisory groups. The park’s objectives also include educational and sustainable use-goals.
Many participants have become interested to analyse what they call the ”Koster Sea Dialogue”. From a scientific perspective, the process is a highly interesting case of integrative management of coastal resource conflicts and institutional innovation in conservation. The inclusion of a rural development perspective, the development of multiple forms of collaboration over years, and active individuals on various levels seem to have been important drivers. The case connects to findings from various areas of environmental social sciences.
The research includes Ph.D.- and post-doctoral research and an ongoing documentation project with focus on coastal planning, participation, conflict management, and institutional change. Swedish project description
Post-doc project on innovative and participatory management of marine resource conflicts. In collaboration with marine scientists from the University of Gothenburg (January 2008-September 2010).
In coastal and marine management, multiple uses need to be coordinated and the emerging conflicts addressed. Today’s historically grown institutional frameworks have problems to achieve the necessary flexibility and integration across sectors and levels, stakeholder groups and types of knowledge. A number of international initiatives urge for a redesign of management in a more integrative, adaptive and participatory manner, such as the Convention on Biodiversity by way of the Ecosystem Approach, the EU (Marine Strategy & Directive, ICZM-Recommendations, Water Framework Directive).
My post-doc project shall contribute to improved coastal- and marine management. Focus is the management of environmental problems and resource conflicts through participation and collaboration of actors. I want to deepen thesis-research on integrative and participatory tools for dealing with marine conflicts (see Morf 2006).
A number of expanding marine uses with high conflict potential both within Sweden and internationally make interesting case studies: e.g. conservation, recreation, aquaculture, or energy production. Selected Swedish examples of conflicts and the innovative ways of their management through Ecosystem- and ICZM- based approaches are studied. As there is a lot to learn from other countries, the perspective is widened internationally through visits and literature-studies of forerunner-projects in Europe and overseas.
Management of global-scale marine issues (looking for collaboration)
There are a number of large-scale marine problems in need of special management approaches requiring work on a local level, but transcending the local perspective: ocean acidification, effects of climatic change, biodiversity loss, pollution. I am looking for transdisciplinary collaboration with other scientists on this issue.
Expertise/consultancy in coastal- and marine planning and management
I also combine research with expert work, such as recently in connection with marine- and coastal management for the Swedish EPA and the Governmental Inquiry for the Marine Environment: inventory and problem analysis of knowledge relevant for marine management of 12 national authorities (Morf 2008a), assessment of costs of knowledge exchange for coastal and marine management with Swedish authorities, and a study for a pilot project to test the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach in Swedish coastal areas (Morf 2008b). I intend to continue working with marine management in Sweden and the Ecosystem Approach (see post doc project).
I teach on various levels in both day-, evening-, web-based courses. Except for lectures in my areas of research, this includes following areas:
- Basics in natural sciences for environmental studies: understanding important environmental problems and limits for resource use from a natural scientific perspective.
- Rural development and cooperation: human ecological perspective on problems of rural areas, participation processes for achieving more sustainable management of resources.
- Natural resource management: spatial planning, participation, conflict management, coastal management.
- Scientific methods: case-study, social science and transdisciplinary methods for field-work, group work, essays.
Mapping and Evaluating Marine Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services: A Transdisciplinary Delphi Forecasting Process
Andrea Belgrano, Camilla Novaglio, Henrik Svedäng, Sebastian Villasante, Carlos Melián, Thorsten Blenckner, Ulf Bergström, Andreas Bryhn, Lena Bergström, Valerio Bartolino, Mattias Sköld, Maciej Tomczak, Sofia Wikström, Andreas Skriver Hansen, Sebastian Linke, Richard Emersson, Andrea Morf, Kajsa Tonnesson
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution - 2021-01-01
Evaluation of marine spatial planning requires fit for purpose monitoring
V. Stelzenmuller, R. Cormier, K. Gee, R. Shucksmith, M. Gubbins, K. L. Yates, Andrea Morf, C. N. Aonghusa, E. Mikkelsen, J. F. Tweddle, E. Pecceu, A. Kannen, S. A. Clarke
Journal of Environmental Management - 2021-01-01
Disputed Policy Change: The Role of Events, Policy Learning, and Negotiated Agreements(sic)(sic)(sic)Palabras
A. Sandstrom, Andrea Morf, Daniel Fjellborg
Policy Studies Journal - 2020-01-01
Towards sustainability of marine governance: Challenges and enablers for stakeholder integration in transboundary marine spatial planning in the Baltic
Andrea Morf, J. Moodie, K. Gee, A. Giacometti, M. Kull, J. Piwowarczyk, K. Schiele, J. Zaucha, I. Kellecioglu, A. Luttmann, Helena Strand
Ocean & Coastal Management - 2019-01-01
Insights into integration challenges in the Baltic Sea Region marine spatial planning: Implications for the HELCOM-VASAB
J. Piwowarczyk, K. Gee, M. Gilek, B. Hassler, A. Luttmann, L. Maack, M. Matczake, Andrea Morf, F. Saunders, I. Stalmokaite, J. Zaucha
Ocean & Coastal Management - 2019-01-01
New generation EU directives, sustainability, and the role of transnational coordination in Baltic Sea maritime spatial
B. Hassler, N. Blazauskas, K. Gee, A. Luttmann, Andrea Morf, J. Piwowarczyk, F. Saunders, I. Stalmokaite, Helena Strand, J. Zaucha
Ocean & Coastal Management - 2019-01-01
Addressing integration challenges in coastal and marine spatial planning using the Open Standards approach – experiences from
Andrea Morf, Neva Leposa, Helena Strand
ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC 2018), Session C: Assessing and analysing marine spatial planning - knowledge - indicators – visions - 2018-01-01
Remissyttrande: Sveriges nationella havsplaner
Imbalances in interaction for transboundary marine spatial planning: Insights from the Baltic Sea
H. Janssen, R. Varjopuro, A. Luttmann, Andrea Morf, H. Nieminen
Ocean & Coastal Management - 2018-01-01
Collective action and agency in Baltic Sea marine spatial planning: Transnational policy coordination in the promotion of regional
B. Hassler, K. Gee, M. Gilek, A. Luttmann, Andrea Morf, F. Saunders, I. Stalmokaite, Helena Strand, J. Zaucha
Marine Policy - 2018-01-01
BONUS BALTSPACE Deliverable 3.3: Addressing MSP integration challenges: The role of tools and approaches.
Kira Gee, Nerjus Blazauskas, Roland Cormier, Karsten Dahl, Cordula Göke, Andreas Kannen, Neva Leposa, Andrea Morf, Dominik Plug, Angela Ross, Angela Schultz-Zehden, Helena Strand, Barbara Weig
Disputed policy change: the role of external events, policy learning and negotiated agreements in coastal and marine conservation
Annica Sandström, Andrea Morf, Daniel Fjällborg
Paper presented at the 2018 conference of the European Consortium for Political Research - 2018-01-01
Balancing sustainability in two pioneering marine national parks in
Structuring social data for the Marine Strategy Framework
Assessment of Natural Resources Use for Sustainable Development - DPSIR Framework For Case Studies in Kungälv (Gothenburg Peri-Urban Area) and Vellinge (Malmö Peri-Urban Area),
Andrea Morf, Gunilla Almered Olsson
Environmental stresses and resource use in coastal urban and peri-urban regions – DPSIR approach to SECOA’s 17 case studies. Tran Dinh Lan, E. Gunilla Almered Olsson & Serin Alpokay (eds.). - 2014-01-01
International Progress in Marine Spatial
Stephen Jay, Wesley Flannery, J. Vince, W-H. Liu, J. Guifang Xue, M. Matczak, J. Zaucha, H. Janssen, J. van Tatenhove, H Toonen, Andrea Morf, Erik Olsen, J.L. Suárez de Vivero, J.C. Rodríguez Mateos, H. Calado, J. Duff, H Dean
Ocean Yearbook - 2013-01-01
Assessing environmental conflicts in Sweden: Case studies from the Malmö and Gothenburg
Tom Böhler, Karl Bruckmeier, Andrea Morf, Olga Stepanova
Environmental Conflicts in Coastal Urban Areas: Towards a Strategic Assessment Framework for Sustainable Development. A. Z. Khan, L. X. Quynh, F. Canters, E. Corijn. Sapienza Università Editrice, Vol. IV. - 2013-01-01
Sustainability in Coastal Urban Environment: Thematic Profiles of Resources and Their Users in Sweden Case Study Areas Gothenburg and
Karl Bruckmeier, Andrea Morf, Olga Stepanova
Sustainability in the Coastal Urban Environment. Thematic profiles of resources and their users. A.Z.Khan, L.X.Quynh, F.Canters, E.Corijn (eds.). Sapienza Università Editrice, Vol.III. - 2013-01-01
Transfer Report: Toolbox for local and urban resource management and conflict
Social analysis: A marine societal analysis. A report prepared for Sweden’s initial assessment as required by the Marine Environmental Ordinance (SFS
Social analys – en havsrelaterad samhällsanalys. Underlagsrapport för Sveriges inledande bedömning i
Climate Change Adaptation and Emerging Coastal Conflicts in Southern Sweden: Vellinge Municipality - A Paradigmatic Case
Bruk och förvaltning av de nordiska havsområdena –idagochimorgon Resultat och rekommendationer från en workshop om havsplanering, Tórshavn, Färöarna, 14–16 november
Sverker Evans, Andrea Morf, Mats Ekenger
Assessment Report based on DPSIR analysis: Maps of sustainable coastal resource use in relation to a vulnerability analysis with regard to natural values and climate change. Vellinge
Andrea Morf, Rickard Näsström
Scenario-Analysis of Land Use Conflicts Related To Climate-Change, Development and Conservation on the Falsterbo Peninsula in Vellinge
The Road Towards Koster Sea National Park - Potentials and Challenges of Implementing Ecosystem Based and Participatory Maritime
Andrea Morf, Ulrika Dagård, Jenny Eriksson, Anders Godhe
Assessment pf natural resources use for sustainable development (DPSIR analysis) - The coastal wetlands in the municipalities Kungälv (Gothenburg peri-urban area) and Vellinge (Malmö peri-urban area).
SECOA project Synoptic report on conflicts of uses at coastal urban areas. Natioanl report
SECOA project Thematic report on the profiles of the coastal resources and their uses/users. Swedish case study areas of Gothenburg and
The road towards Kosterhavet national park - A model for participatory conservation
Andrea Morf, Anders Godhe, Ulrika Dagård
NMSC - Nordic Marine Sciences Conference, September 13-16, 2010, - 2010-01-01
Local participation in conservation management begets
Institutional Change Towards Increased Participation and Integration: Stories of success and stress from Swedish coastal and maritime
Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial Conference, Oregon Convention Centre, Portland, Oregon USA, 1.-5. November 2009 - 2009-01-01
Integrative & Sustainable Management of Marine Resources: Institutional Development in
EU-project HERMES (Hotspot Ecosystem Research on the Margins of European Sas) Final conference, Hotel Tivoli Almansor, Carvoeiro, Portugal, 2.-6. March 2009 - 2009-01-01
Visioner och utmaningar i framtidens kust- och
Vad behöver vi veta för att kunna planera och förvalta våra havsområden? Seminarium om tillgängliga kunskapsunderlag och metoder samt behoven av ytterligare kunskap för förvaltning och planering av havsområden, 19.-20. 10. 2009, Naturvårdsverket, Stockholm - 2009-01-01
Plats för vattenbruket? Funderingar baserat på analyser av lokala planeringskonflikter på
Nationell Vattenbrukskonferens, Hotell Vann, Lysekil 8.-9.10.2009 - 2009-01-01
Evaluating an established approach for the management of coastal resource
R.R. Krishnamurthy, Bruce C. Glavovic, Andreas Kannen, David R. Green, A.L. Ramanathan (eds.), Integrated coastal zone management: The global challenge - 2008-01-01
Havsförvaltning baserat på ekosystemansatsen – ett förslag till pilotprojekt: Förstudie med fokus på friluftsliv och bevarande av biodiversitet i Stockholms
Inventering av havsmiljörelaterad data samt behovs- & bristanalys hos 12 nationella
Participation and Planning in the Management of Coastal Resource Conflicts: Case Studies in West Swedish
Public participation in municipal planning as a tool for coastal management: Case studies from western
Ambio - 2005-01-01
Contributions of Public Participation in Planning to the Management of Coastal Resource Conflicts: Case Studies in Swedish West Coast
Paper resented at the Coastal Zone Canada Association’s sixth biennial Conference “All Within One Ocean: Co-operation in Sustainable Coastal and Ocean Management” in St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 25-30, 2004 - 2004-01-01
Local Participation in Coastal Zone Management in the Swedish Context – Past, Present, and
Vatten – århundradets ödesfråga - 2003-01-01
Public participation in planning – A forum for interpreting and modifying rights to coastal resources: Case studies in Swedish west coast
Paper presented at the conference "Rights and Duties in the coastal Zone" in Stockholm and revised for publication on CD. Stockholm, Beijer Institute, June 12-14. 2003. - 2003-01-01
När vågorna går höga – deltagande i planering och
Svenskt Miljöforum 2002, "Förvaltning och planering i kust och hav – Vad betyder ramdirektivet för vatten?", Norrköping 29.8.2002 - 2002-01-01
Kan man hantera konflikter genom att
Hållbar kustutveckling - planera för konflikter - 2001-01-01
Hållbar kustutveckling - Planera för
Karl Bruckmeier, Anders Ellegård, Andrea Morf, Laura Piriz, Anette Ungfors
Angewandte Ökophilosophie - Ausweg aus der