Elise is a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at Södertörn University, 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, organizations, and mechanisms by which climate 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 the very local level (e.g. community-based adaptation in a remote outer island in Fiji). In addition, she has also worked on more conceptual explorations for instance the possibility of adaptation initiatives redistributing vulnerability from one group to another rather than reducing it. Her PhD project explores the politics of adaption decision-making by focusing on the more informal, tacit rules and rule-making mechanisms.
Drawing on post-structural Discourse Theory it looks specifically at the role of power, values and norms at different governance level within the European Union. Elise holds a M.Sc. in Geography with a major in climate change from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a dual 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.