I wrote my PhD thesis in environmental communication about agricultural extension conversations, which linked my interest for how people approach each other, communicate, negotiate about knowledge and values with my interest for agriculture and biodiversity. Today I primarily do research about dialogue processes and how people make themselves understood (or don’t), try to agree and make decisions about complex issues around our natural resources.
I am one of the main teachers on the course Project management and communication for agronomists and have lectures and supervise students in the master program Environmental Communication and Management.
I work in the following research projects, which span over a range of contexts, but all are in line with my interest for understanding social interaction and its implication for how we handle natural resources:
The role of communicative capacities in the development of dynamic and legitimate management of mountain resources in Sweden
Beyond idealistic glorifications and categorical rejections – The co-construction of meaning in dialogue practices in natural resource management
Planering av kulturarvsinterpretation - meningsskapande och systemtänkande
Collaboration between research and advisory services for more efficient knowledge development in the green sector
IT-solutions for user friendly IPM-tools in management of leaf spot diseases in cereals (Spot-IT)
I act as Vice Dean for external collaboration at the Faculty. This entails, in addition to being part of the leadership of the Faculty, that I encouraging colleagues at SLU to collaborate more with our surrounding society and that I work to improve the conditions for people to make this collaboration happen. My aim is that SLU should be seen as an attractive partner for collaboration for different actors. In addition to this I run a VINNOVA funded research project about knowledge systems in the green sector.
I supervise the following PhD students as co-supervisor:
Måns Norlin: Communicating Visions for Urban Development. A micro-study of a governance process, lic 2014
Christina Lundström: Cognition and Decision-Making in Adoption of Agricultural Decision Support Systems. The case of Precision Agriculture, lic 2016
Elvira Caselunghe: Deliberations on commons as openings to environmental legitimacy crisis – institutional responses and individuals as change agents, ongoing
Paola Ledo Espinoza: Planning in the context of weak planning institutions and lack of resources for implementation – the case of Sacaba, ongoing
Bergeå, H., Roth, A. Emanuelson, U. & Agenäs, S. 2016. Farmer awareness of cow longevity and implications for decision making at farm level. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Sciences. DOI 10.1080/09064702.2016.1196726. Vol. 66, 1:25-34.
Ångman, E., Buijs, A., Arts, I, Bergeå, H.L., Verschoor, G. 2016. Communicating emotions in conflicts over natural resource management in the Netherlands and Sweden: legitimation and delegitimation of communities. In: Peterson, T.R., Bergeå, H.L., Feldpausch-Parker, A.M., Raitio, K. (Eds.) 2016. Environmental Communication and Community: Constructive and destructive dynamics of social transformation. Routledge. Abingdon. 978-1-138-91386-8. pp. 184-203.
Peterson, T.R., Bergeå, H.L., Feldpausch-Parker, A.M., Raitio, K. 2016. Social transformation and sustainability: communication and community construction/ destruction. In In: Peterson, T.R., Bergeå, H.L., Feldpausch-Parker, A.M., Raitio, K. (Eds.) 2016. Environmental Communication and Community: Constructive and destructive dynamics of social transformation. Routledge. Abingdon. 978-1-138-91386-8. pp. 269-275.
Peterson, T.R., Bergeå, H.L., Feldpausch-Parker, A.M., Raitio, K. (Eds.) 2016. Environmental Communication and Community: Constructive and destructive dynamics of social transformation. Routledge. Abingdon. 978-1-138-91386-8.
Bergeå, H.L., Martin, C. & Sahlström, F. 2008. "I don't know what you're looking for": Professional vision in Swedish agricultural extension on nature conservation management. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. Vol 14, 4, 329-345.
Lindström, A. & Bergeå, H. 2007. Klander, identitet och professionell solidaritet. Analyser av klagomål i möten mellan lantbrukare och naturvårdsrådgivare, In: Engdahl, E. & Londén, A-M. (Eds.). Interaktion och kontext. Nio studier av svenska samtal, pp. 303-324, Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Bergeå, H., Hallgren, L., Westberg, L. & Ångman, E. 2013. Dialogprocessen om allemansrätten - underlag för utveckling av dialogmetodik och dialogkompetens. Book series at the Department of Urban and Rural Development.