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dr. Matilda Petersson

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  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1111

    1081 HV Amsterdam


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Matilda Petersson is a post doc researcher at the Environmental Policy Analysis Department of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). Her research focuses on emerging role of non-state actors and transnational cooperative initiatives within global environmental governance, with a particular focus on biodiversity and marine/fisheries policy.

Before joining IVM, Matilda worked as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Trade Organizations (WTO), and was an intern at the Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.

She holds a PhD and a MSc in Sustainability Science from Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.


Matilda’s research focuses on the changing role of non-state actors in global environmental governance (GEG). The objective is to better understand how different types of non-state actors engage within an increasingly complex governance landscape and what the consequences of that engagement is for our common capacity to address key sustainability challenges. She particularly focuses on marine/fisheries and biodiversity policy. She mainly utilizes qualitative research approaches, including text analysis and process-tracing and has considerable interview experience.


2020: PhD in Sustainability Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden.

2013: MSC in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden.

2010: BA in Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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