Hanna Ahlström is a PhD Candidate in the EU funded project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) and is based at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo. The project consists of 70+ researchers from 25 research institutions that study the barriers and drivers for market actors’ contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals within planetary boundaries, with the aim of achieving Policy Coherence for Development. Hanna is currently working on a PhD thesis on the regulatory dynamics of corporate sustainability where she analyses the role of EU business and financial market law in enabling sustainable development. After finishing her PhD in the summer of 2020, she will join the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as a postdoctoral researcher.
Hanna specializes in governance in relation to planetary boundaries, social network analysis and sustainable business and finance. She has a keen interest in the interrelations between earth system science, global governance and sustainability and in applying transdisciplinary research methods. Hanna is co-leading the Business Forum that is the platform for industry engagement in the SMART project and is active in the newly initiated Oslo SDG Initiative at the University of Oslo. She is also a board member in Concerned Scientists Norway.
She holds a MSc degree in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University and a BSc in Business and Economics with a major in Environmental Economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. In her MSc thesis she analysed global governance and actor collaborations that manage nitrogen and phosphorus use, published in the journal Environmental Science & Policy. Before joining the Department of Private Law at University of Oslo, she held trainee positions at CSR Sweden, CSR Europe, and the European Commission (DG Environment).