Erik Hysing

Erik Hysing
Professor in Political Science


My academic work has mainly focused on environmental governance with a broad theoretical and empirical interest in issues of policy change and implementation, public administration and the role of public officials, citizen participation and democratic legitimacy, and new forms of governance. 



I'm currently doing research in two projects:

Reconciling safe and circular material flows. A case study of PFAS in the lifecycle of food packaging. In this project, I  study chemical governance related to policy measures to limit PFAS in food packages.

What make planners trust the citizens? Participation and trust building for a sustainable transport system for everyone. In this Formas-funded research project we focuses on the role of urban planners’ trust in citizens and its importance for democratic innovations, sustainable transport, and environmental governance. 


Publikationer i urval

Gustafsson, Karin M. and Hysing, Erik (2023) IPBES as a transformative agent: Opportunities and risks, Environmental Conservation, 50: 7–11. DOI: 10.1017/ S0376892922000467.

Coffey, Brian, Damiens, Florence L.P., Hysing, Erik and Torabi, Nooshin (2023) Assessing biodiversity policy designs in Australia, France and Sweden. Comparative lessons for transformative governance of biodiversity? Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 25(3): 287–300. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2022.2117145.

Hysing, Erik (2022) Designing collaborative governance that is fit for purpose: theorising policy support and voluntary action for road safety in Sweden, Journal of Public Policy 42(2): 201–223. DOI: 10.1017/S0143814X2000029X.

Åström, Joachim, Olsson, Jan and Hysing, Erik (2022) Does policy influence hollow out public managers’ political neutrality? Administration & Society, 54(6): 1019–1044. DOI: 10.1177/00953997211050305.

Hysing, Erik (2021) Challenges and opportunities for the Ecosystem Services approach: Evaluating experiences of implementation in Sweden, Ecosystem Services 52: 101372. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101372.

Hysing, Erik (2021) Responsibilization: The Case of Road Safety Governance. Regulation & Governance 15(2): 356–369. DOI: 10.1111/rego.12288.

Hysing, Erik and Lidskog, Rolf (2021) Do conceptual innovations facilitate transformative change? The case of biodiversity governance, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8: Article 612211. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2020.612211.

Hall, Patrik and Hysing, Erik (2019) Advancing Voluntary Chemical Governance? The Case of the Swedish Textile Industry Dialogue, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 62(6): 1001–1018. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2018.1457515.


Professor vid Institutionen för stad och land; Avdelningen för statsvetenskap och naturresursförvaltning