Björn Hassler
Södertörn University

Researcher, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Associate Professor in Environmental Science
Tel: +46 8  608 44 33


Current Positions

Associate professor in Environmental science at the Department of Life Sciences, Södertörn University.

Head of the PhD program (“studierektor”) in environmental science at the Department of Life sciences at Södertörn University (2011-).

Chair of the Committee for suggesting new staff members ("Lärarförslagsnämnden") (2011-).

Member of the board of the Program Committee of Environment and Development (2006-).



2000. Ph.D. at the Department of Water and Environmental Studies, Linköping University.

1995. Ph.D. student and the Department of Water and Environmental Studies, Linköping University (July 1998- financed by Södertörn University College).

1994. MSc. Linköping University; Political science, Political economy, Peace and conflict research, Swedish language, Third World research.



Environmental cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. Environmental assistance to the Baltic States, analyzed from a rational choice approach. Environmental attitudes in the Baltic Sea region. Game theory.


Research projects

- Project grant from the Baltic Sea foundation, Cooperating for sustainable regional marine governance - The case of fisheries and nutrient run-off from agriculture to the Baltic Sea (app. 4.5 million SEK). Project coordinator (2013-2015).

- Partner coordinator for the Research group at the Department of Life sciences, Södertörn University, in the EU project BSR InnoShip, hosted by the Baltic Institute of Finland (2011-2013).

- Environmental risk governance of the Baltic Sea (RISKGOV)

- Social change and democracy in the Baltic Sea Region (completed).

- Local enviromental management from a comparative perspective in the Baltic Sea region (completed).

- Preventing environmental emergencies: Competing regimes controlling marine pollution in the Baltic Sea (completed).



Supervisor of two PhD students in environmental science.

Coordinator of and teaching at the Masters program Environmental science, communication and decision-making.

Teaching at all undergraduate levels in Political science, especially rational choice, game theory, and quantitative methodology. Development, planning, administration and teaching on courses related to environmental politics at the Dept. of Life Sciences.

Member of the Faculty board, Dept. of Life Sciences, Södertörn University.



Saunders, Fred, Michael Gilek, Kira Gee, Cordula Göke, Björn Hassler, Paula Lenninger, Anne Luttmann, Andrea Morf, Joanna Piwowarczyk, Kerstin Schiele, Igne Stalmokaite, Helena Strand, Ralph Tafon and Jacek Zaucha (2016). Exploring possibilities and challenges for MSP integration in the Baltic Sea. BaltSpace deliverable D1:2: Final guidance document on analysing possibilities and challenges for MSP integration. Stockholm, September 2016.

Zaucha, Jacek, Michael Gilek, Nerijus Blažauskas, Karsten Dahl, Kira Gee, Björn Hassler, Anne Luttmann, Andrea Morf, Joanna Piwowarczyk, Bo Riemann, Fred Saunders (2016). Possibilities and challenges for MSP integration in the Baltic Sea, BONUS BaltSpace deliverable D2.1: Baseline-mapping and refined case study design. Gdansk, July 2016.

Hassler, B (2016). Transnational environmental collective action facing implementation constraints: the case of nutrient leakage in the Baltic Sea Action Plan. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.

Boström, M, S. Grönholm and Hassler, B (2016). The Ecosystem Approach to Management in Baltic Sea Governance: towards increased reflexivity? In Gilek, M., S. Linke, M. Karlsson and K Smolarz (eds.) Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea. New York: Springer.

Hassler, B (2016). Oil Spills from Shipping: a case study of the governance of accidental hazards and intentional pollution in the Baltic Sea. In Gilek, M, S. Linke, M. Karlsson and K Smolarz (eds.) Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea. New York: Springer.

Saunders, F, M Gilek, B Hassler, R Tafon (2015). An analytical framework – Examining integration in the Baltic Sea. BALTSPACE Deliverable 1.1. Huddinge: Södertörn University.

Hassler, B (2015). Coping and adaptation in socio-ecological problem structures: Towards an integrated framework for analyzing trans-boundary environmental problems in marine settings. Working Paper, ISSN 1404-1480 ; 2015:1. Huddinge: Södertörns högskola.

Söderström, S, K. Kern and B. Hassler (2015). Marine Governance in the Baltic Sea: Current Trends of Europeanization and Regionalization. In Gilek, M. and K. Kern (eds.) Governing Europe’s marine environment. London: Ashgate.

Gilek, M., B. Hassler and S. Jentoft (2015). Marine Environmental Governance in Europe: Problems and Opportunities. In Gilek, M. and K. Kern (eds.) Governing Europe’s marine environment. London: Ashgate.

Hassler, B., M. Gilek, A. M. Jönsson, E. Lockne and L. Rabe (2013). Problems and potential solutions to effective communication among stakeholders in the Baltic Sea shipping for reduced air pollution – Outcomes from a survey. BSR InnoShip project report. School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University.

Hassler, B., E. Lockne, M. Gilek and A-M Jönsson (2013). “Communication among maritime stakeholders – Problems and solutions in the field of ship’s air emissions”. In Breitzmann, K-H and M. Hytti (eds.). Pan-Baltic Manual of Best Practices on Clean Shipping and Port Operations. UBC: Turku.

Gilek, M, B Hassler, F Engqvist and K Kern (2013). "The HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan: challenges of implementing an innovative ecosystem approach." In Political State of the Region Report, 2013. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers.

Hassler, B, M. Boström and S. Grönholm (2013). "Towards an ecosystem approach to management in regional marine governance: The Baltic Sea context." Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning,

Gilek, M., B. Hassler, A. M. Jönsson, M. Karlsson (2011). ”Coping with complexity in Baltic sea risk governance: Introduction.” AMBIO 40: 109-110.

Hassler, B. (2011). "Accidental versus operational oil spills from shipping in the Baltic Sea – Risk governance and management strategies". AMBIO 40: 170-178.

Knudsen, O. F and B. Hassler (2011). “IMO legislation and its implementation: Accident risk, vessel deficiencies and national administrative practices”, Marine Policy, 35(2): 201-207.

Hassler, B., M. Boström, S. Grönholm and K. Kern, 2011. Environmental risk governance in the Baltic Sea – A comparison among five key areas. RISKGOV Report no. 8. Huddinge: Södertörn University.

 Hassler, B., S. Söderström and N. Leposa 2010. Marine oil transportation in the Baltic Sea area. RISKGOV Report no. 6. Huddinge: Södertörn University.

Hassler, B. (2010). "Global regimes, regional adaptation; environmental safety in Baltic Sea oil transportation, Maritime Policy and Management, 37(5): 489-504.

Hassler, B. (2010). Risk governance and management strategies: Accidental vs. operational oil spills from shipping in the Baltic Sea. Poster presented at Bonus Annual Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, January 19-21, 2010.

Hassler, B (red) (2009). “Lokalt kontra europeiskt naturskydd - En jämförelse mellan kommunala reservat och Natura 2000-områden." Södertörn Publication Series, November 2009.

Hassler, B. (2009). ”Bokanmälan: Internasjonal Miljøpolitikk”. Tidsskrift for Samfunnsforskning. 2(50): 242-245.

Jönsson A. M., M. Gilek and B. Hassler (2009). “Får Östersjön en Hållbar Förvaltning?”. Miljöforskning, 3-4: 30-31.

Hassler, B (2008). “Individual incentives, collective action, and institutional cooperation – Sweden and the case of Baltic Sea oil transports”. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 10(4): 339-358.

Hassler, B. (2007). “Swedish environmental support to the Baltic Sea countries – collective goods, national interests, and altruism.” Working Paper, Södertörn University.

Hassler, B (2006). “Miljösamarbete i Östersjöregionen”. In Birgitta Johansson (Ed.) FORMAS fokuserar – Östersjön. Stockholm: Formas.

Hassler, B. (2005). “The Myth of Sustainable Development – Environmental Policy, Practice and Incentives in the Baltic Sea Region”, in Bolin, G., Hammer, M. Kirsch, F-M. and Szrubka, W. The Challenge of the Baltic Sea Region – Culture, Ecosystems, Democracy. Huddinge: Södertörn University College

Hassler, B. (2004). Miljösamarbete mellan Östersjöländerna – En analys av organisationer och strukturer i närområdet. Stockholm: Miljödepartementet.

Hassler, B. (2003). Science and Politics of Foreign Aid – Swedish Envi­ron­mental Support to the Baltic States. Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Hassler, B. (2003). ’Protecting the Baltic Sea – The Helsinki Conven­tion and national interests’. In Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Develop­ment, 2003. London: Earthscan.

Hassler, B. (2003). Postmaterialistic environmental attitudes: a theoretical elaboration”. Paper presented on the ECPR Conference in Pilzen, 2003, Södertörn University College Academic Papers.

Choe, Y., Hassler, B. & Zyborowicz, S. (red.) (2003). Sweden and Poland in a Euro­pean Per­spective - Some Aspects on the Integration Process. Huddinge: Södertörns högskola.

Hassler, B. (2002). ’Foreign as­sistance as policy instrument - The influence on Baltic envi­ron­mental invest­ment exerted by Swedish aid’. Cooperation and Conflict, 37(1): 25-45.

Hassler, B. (2000). The strategy of assistance – Swedish environmental coopera­tion with the Baltic States 1991-1996. Avhandling Nr. 219. Linköping, Tema Vatten i Natur och Samhälle, Linköpings Universitet.