I defended my PhD in economics at Umeå University in 2003 and became associate professor there in 2005. I became senior lecturer at the University of Gothenburg in 2007 and full professor at Mid Sweden University in 2010. Since 2014 I have been professor and chair of the economics unit at Luleå University of Technology.
Much of my research fits into two main areas.
I have done research on environmental and natural resource management issues in developing countries, mainly in Africa, since my doctoral studies. I have published over 40 articles in this field with the Swedish Research Council, Sida, the World Bank, and the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation as main funders. I have participated in capacity building projects on behalf of Sida, the World Bank, and Canadian IDRC. I am a member of the international Environment for Development network, a network for researchers working on environmental and natural resource economics in developing countries.
I have done research on economic aspects of water environment issues, mainly environmental issues related to hydropower, as well as environmental issues related to energy supply in general, since 2010. I have published a book and some ten articles in this field and have received support mainly from Energiforsk (formerly Elforsk), as well as from e.g. Formas, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, and the Swedish Energy Agency for this research. I am a member of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) working groups on the North Sea and on the Baltic Sea.