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Sabrina Dressel

PhD Student at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies. Conducting research on the adaptive capacity within Swedish wildlife management.


My PhD project concerns the governance of wildlife in Sweden with a special focus on the adaptive moose management system. I will analyse its institutional capacity for multi-species management and evaluate the adaptive capacity of involved actors and the system itself. My methods include quantitative and qualitative approaches to explore the existing collaborative arrangements from different perspectives and across spatial scales.
The goal of my project is to contribute to efficient and legitimate governance of wildlife by identifying improvements that can be made to the institutional design and collaborative processes to account for the increasing complexity and to move towards multi-species management.

My research interest is driven by my strong belief that we need to integrate social science based research in order to successfully manage wildlife and its habitats within nowadays multi-use landscapes.
I have a diverse background with social science research experience, a M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology & Wildlife Management and a B.Sc. in International Forest Ecosystem Management, as well as working experience within forestry, agriculture and hunting.


2014-2017: Course administrator & teaching assistant, Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (15 ECTS, Advanced level), Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, SLU Umeå.

2014-2017: Guest lecturer (partly in Sedish) on “Wildlife Management in Austria and Germany” and “Governance of Wildlife Management in Sweden”, Wildlife management and implementation (15 ECTS, Basic level), Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, SLU Umeå.

2016: Guest lecturer on “Attitudes towards large carnivores”, Wildlife biology and wildlife management (15 ECTS, Basic level), Department of Ecology and Environmental Science (EMG), Umeå University.


2011-2013 M.Sc. (Distinction) in Wildlife Ecology and Wildlife Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria                          

2007-2010 B.Sc. in International Forest Ecosystem Management, University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany                              

Selected publications

Dressel, S., Ericsson, G., &  Sandström, C. (2017). Mapping social-ecological systems to understand the complexity underlying wildlife management. (under review).

Johansson, M., Dressel, S., Kvastegård, E., Ericsson, G., Fischer, A., Kaltenborn, B., Vaske, J. & Sandström, C. (2016). Describing Human-Wildlife Interaction from a European Perspective. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(2), 158-168.

Dressel, S., Sandström, C., & Ericsson, G. (2015). A meta-analysis of studies on attitudes toward bears and wolves across Europe 1976–2012. Conservation Biology, 29(2), 565-574.

Sandström, C., Ericsson, G., Dressel, S., Eriksson, M., & Kvastegård, E. (2014). Attityder till rovdjur och rovdjursförvaltning. RAPPORT 2014:1. Umeå, Sweden: Institutionen för vilt, fisk och miljö, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet.