Jennie Larsson

Jennie Larsson

Research Associate
World Maritime University
Jennie  Larsson

Jennie has been working since 2015 as a researcher within the field of ocean and coastal governance and management. Before that she was working as a consultant (since 2010) within the same field. The focus has been on behavioural change and developing implementation strategies for enforcing the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, as well as implementing sustainable coastal development goals (according to the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development), harmonizing coastal stakeholders in order to address coastal risks and project manage community-based management initiatives in coastal communities in Sweden and in Greece. Jennie has also been working as a legal advisory in environmental law (i.e. fisheries law, maritime law, energy law, marine spatial planning, water pollution, wreck legislation, industrial permits, etc.) and as a sustainable reporting and management consultant for companies and industries (Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR).

Jennie has since 2011 been working with coastal communities in the south of Sweden in order to improve the model of bottom-up management and address marine and coastal risks. This has led to the development of a coastal bottom-up management process, called the coastal council process (Samverkan Hanöbukten).

In 2016 she started her PhD at the World Maritime University with a focus on participatory action research and community-based management as means to improve ocean and coastal governance and management.

The long term target of her research is to protect marine and coastal ecosystems and at the same time strengthen and develop small-scale coastal communities in a sustainable manner by helping them design various management strategies to be easily implemented on various levels. Focus is on local entrepreneurship, harmonization of regional initiatives and stakeholders, capacity-building and domestic resource mobilization, as well as building up global partnership between coastal communities in order to recycle knowledge and improve implementation. One example of partnership is at the moment between Hanöbukten in Skåne and the Atlantic Coastal Action Programme (ACAP) in Canada.