Dr. Annika E. Nilsson is an expert on Arctic environmental politics and currently a Mistra Arctic Fellow with GMF alongside her position as senior research fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute and Affiliated Faculty in Environmental Politics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Her work focuses on the politics of Arctic change, with research on environmental governance and communication at the science-policy interface. Nilsson has a PhD in environmental science and has followed Arctic science and politics since the mid-1990s. She has participated in several scientific assessments under the auspices of the Arctic Council, including current engagement in the Arctic Resilience Assessment and the Barents region study for Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA). Her research includes projects related to Arctic governance and media, the global context of Arctic change, and analysis of the relationship between resource extraction and sustainable Arctic communities, with focus on the Nordic countries. Her published writing includes several articles about Arctic politics related to Arctic Council activities and climate change, as well as the edited volume Media and the Politics of Arctic Climate Change.
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