Katarina’s main interest areas include governance for sustainable consumption and understanding the incentive structures, policies and measures that enable or hinder transition to more sustainable pathways at different levels and among different stakeholders.

Ongoing research engagements include transition pathways for sustainable societies and in understanding opportunities and barriers for sustainable consumption at the local governance level. Axelsson is also involved in programs and tools that help policy makers and households understand and measure the environmental pressures associated with our total consumption and lifestyles.  Recently, Katarina is also engaged in an initiative which aims to develop a methodology and toolbox for assessing the potential for social value creation with a special focus on the Swedish steel industry, and in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Axelsson has worked at SEI since 2001 and has plenty of international experience. Over the years she has contributed to and led numerous assignments and projects, particularly in the areas of climate change, regional air pollution and ozone layer protection, working in different geographical contexts and scales and through different governance levels.

Prior to joining SEI, Katarina worked a number of years with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). She has an MSc in Social Science.