Ase Johannessen

Research Fellow

Åse is a systems ecologist (MSc in Biology 1999) with expertise in integrated water resources management and its risk reduction and resilience building. She is Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) working with applied research projects often applying stakeholder participatory methodologies and using social learning theory in European and international contexts. She is currently the researcher and project manager for WASH & RESCUE investigating resilient systems for water, sanitation and hygiene in urban areas. She is also part of her time working with the FP7 project RISC KIT investigating integrated planning for coastal risks in Europe. 

Prior to doing research Åse has a programmatic background, including strategy development and management at Swedish, SADC (Africa regional) and international level. She has developed many large international programmes, such as Disaster Risk, Climate Change and Women in Water, (Green) Cities of the Future and the World Water Monitoring Day (at IWA) and Stockholm Junior Water Prize coordinating about 20 country programmes (at SIWI). She has worked for IUCN in a local government office in Botswana, giving technical support to integrated ecosystem management and the regional water programme in Southern Africa, often addressing issues both locally and at river basin scales. She has also produced educational material for UN Habitat for African water classrooms and developed material and organised training for Swedish gymnasium teachers.

Åse has also good insights in water policy development after her advisory work in UK Government water policy division. Åse facilitated a dialogue among Swedish actors and producing policy recommendations as the cluster group leader on Water and Disaster Risk Reduction at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).  In various roles she has also worked with policy advocacy and communication to influence high level policy processes (COP, CSD, World Water Fora, SIWI, UNESCO, UNISDR etc).

Through this work, Åse has much experience of working with a broad variety of stakeholders, and in-depth understanding of different development contexts and inter-cultural, inter-personal and collaboration dynamics.



Credit: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

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