Gunilla Öberg


Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Research Specialization: Production and use of science for policy-making

Professor Öberg is inspired by her experience as a leader of complex interdisciplinary research and education and her in-depth knowledge of chlorine biogeochemistry, environment and sustainability.

Her research deals with science for policy, the notion of expertise in complex areas where science is uncertain and disputed, and the silent exclusion of expertise that clashes with dominant science. Dr.  Öberg’s research presently focuses on chemicals of concern and microplastics with the most recent project looking at the exclusion of Indigenous expertise, knowledge, interests and needs. The questions that drive her research are:

What kind of knowledge is needed, used and trusted? How does the knowledge used impact perceived solutions? How might we help decision-makers and the public ‘unpack’ assumptions, values and preferences that are embedded in such knowledge? What might a more equitable chemicals management system look like?

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