Elise is a PhD Researcher in Environmental Studies at Södertörn University in Sweden. She is interested in how societies can anticipate and respond to climate change and other environmental stressors in equitable and sustainable ways. The focus of her work has been on the different institutions, organisations, and mechanisms by which climate change adaptation is negotiated, governed and financed. It has also explored the social consequences of current adaptation governance systems in terms of their efficiency, effectiveness and equity, and whether they truly reach ‘the most vulnerable’. In doing so, Elise has studied the multilateral governance level (e.g. the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund), the regional/supranational level (e.g. the European Union), the national level (e.g. climate policies in Kenya and Germany), and the very local level (e.g. community-based adaptation on a remote outer island in Fiji).
In addition, she has worked on more conceptual explorations, for instance the possibility of adaptation initiatives redistributing vulnerability from one group to another rather than reducing it and affective, non-rational dimensions of adaptation discourses. Her PhD thesis explores the politics of adaption decision-making by focusing on the more informal, tacit rules and rule-making mechanisms. Drawing on Poststructuralist Discourse Theory it looks specifically at the role of discursive power, values and norms at different levels of governance.
Elise holds a M.Sc. in Geography with a major in climate change from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a dual majors B.A. in Social- and Cultural Anthropology and Geography from the University of Münster, Germany. Prior to her PhD candidature at Södertörn Elise was Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden.