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Steering committee


Åsa Arrhenius
Centre coordinator
Åsa Arrhenius background is within ecotoxicology of chemical mixtures mainly to microbial communities. Other areas of interest has been on ecotoxicology of pharmaceutical and biocides especially antifouling biocides and their mixtures.

I co-ordinate the work of the center and together with Thomas Backhaus and Jessica Coria make up the management team. Of course I contribute with my knowledge and experience when we develop the case studies and join also in the field and the lab.

More about Åsa
Contact: asa.arrhenius@bioenv.gu.se


Thomas Backhaus
Centre Director
Thomas Backhaus main research interest is the toxicology and ecotoxicology of chemical mixtures and its regulatory assessment. In this context he has been working with several regulatory authorities in Europe and elsewhere. Additional research interests include the environmental assessment of emerging pollutants (e.g. pharmaceuticals, veterinary drugs, biocides, nanoparticles) and the substitution of hazardous chemicals. He is currently co-leading the risk characterization work of the OECD project on combined exposures and OSPARs intersessional communication group on cumulative stressors.

Within FRAM I try to ”herd the cats”, i.e. organize the work of the center together with Jessica and Åsa. From a scientific perspective I contribute to methods for setting boundaries for chemical pollution that adequately consider the complexity of chemical exposures in various ecosystems. Finally, I engage in work to develop adequate regulatory approaches for mixture toxicity assessment.

More about Thomas
Contact: thomas.backhaus@gu.se


Jessica Coria
Chair of the steering committee
Jessicas Corias main research interest is the optimal design of environmental policies. A major focus of her current research is the effects of the multi-governance of environmental issues and pollutants’ interactions on optimal policy design. The fact that pollutants interact and that regulatory strategies and policies in place in most countries disregard the existence of cross effects between pollutants imply that actual regulations are not optimal and might lead to unintended side effects. The research evaluates the performance of different instrument combinations and identifies the institutional arrangements needed for effective coordination and implementation of integrated pollution management.

My role in FRAM is to identify and propose policy options for accounting for chemical mixture effects. I also participate in the development of case studies where our policy suggestions can be tested along a gradient of societal, economic and political systems.

More about Jessica
Contact: jessica.coria@economics.gu.se


Lena Gipperth
Contact: lena.gipperth@law.gu.se
Lena Gipperth's research interests are within the fields of Environmental law, Marine governance, Water management
Her thesis is a study of legal techniques for the achievement of objectives relating to environmental quality and primarily of environmental quality standards.

Multidisciplinary research projects concerning achievement of environmental quality objectives: project leader in the programme Sustainable Coastal Zone Management. She also runs the project Designing legal structures and instruments supporting sustainable climate policy which is a part of a social science research program on ways to achieve the Swedish climate objective. 

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Martin Hassellöv
Martin Hassellöv has a background in the role of particles in transport and bioavailability of metals in aquatic systems (limnic, marine and urban waters and sediments). His expertise in natural colloids has progressed into the environmental risk research of synthetic nanomaterials, where characterization, analysis and studies of fate and transport have been his own focus areas. More recently he is building up a research group focusing on marine micro- and nano-litter, including but not limited to microplastic particles.

Within FRAM I mainly contribute with exposure assessments, and contaminant fate in aquatic ecosystems, and the development of fate assessment models.

More about Martin
Contact: martin.hassellov@gu.se


Erik Kristiansson

Erik Kristiansson is a biostatistician and bioinformatician with a strong interest in the analysis and modelling of big and complex data sets. His research is especially focused on the interpretation of high-dimensional molecular data within the environmental sciences and its application to the discovery of gene signatures in organisms exposed to pollutants.

In FRAM, I provide expertise in statistics, including the design of experiments, handling of the data and interpretation of the results. Statistical modelling is essential to incorporate and estimate uncertainties in chemical risk assessment.

More about Erik
Contact: erik.kristiansson@chalmers.se

Sverker Molander
Sverker Molander develops and applies different systems approaches in his research on human induced environmental change and its mitigation. He is particularly involved in studies related to risks from nanoparticles, chemicals and energy systems based on renewable sources. The methods applied are assessments of ecological/environmental risks and substance/material flows often with a product chain/life-cycle perspective and a focus on emissions and exposure models. Current research also include interdisciplinary collaboration with social scientists regarding risk and means of control.

Within FRAM I work with relevant indicators and systems for the description of environmental repercussions of chemicals.

More about Sverker
Contact: sverker.molander@chalmers.se

Pernilla Rendahl
Pernilla Rendahl defended her doctoral thesis on cross-border consumption taxation of digital services and proposed further development of guidelines at both the OECD and EU level to resolve double taxation and double non-taxation issues in the value added tax. Since then both the OECD and the EU has created such guidelines. Main interest is identifying inconsistencies and question them based on theories of legislative effectiveness, certainty, equality and fairness.

My role in FRAM is to assist with the tax law perspective, considering different suitable instruments to reach the goal of FRAM.

More about Pernilla

Contact: pernilla.rendahl@law.gu.se


Daniel Slunge
Outreach and Policy Coordinator

Daniel Slunge, PhD, is a researcher and policy analyst at the Gothenburg Centre for Environmental Sustainability (GMV). His research focuses on policy instruments for chemicals management, risk perceptions and environmental assessment. He combines research and teaching with policy advisory work for Sida, the World Bank and other organizations.

I am coordinating FRAM´s work with policy interaction and conduct research on policy instruments for chemicals management.

More about Daniel
Contact: daniel.slunge@economics.gu.se

Thomas Sterner
Thomas Sterner is a Professor of Environmental Economics whose work is focused on the design of policy instruments to deal with resource and environmental problems. He has built up the Unit for Environmental Economics at UGot as a leading European centre for environmental economics that gives a unique PhD program in climate economics with students from developing countries.

In FRAM I focus on the design of policy instruments to deal with problems related to the use of chemicals that imply problems from the viewpoint of health or environmental quality.

More about Thomas
Contact: thomas.sterner@economics.gu.se


Ingela Dahllöf
Ingela Dahllöf is a marine ecotoxicologist with a background in biogeochemistry and microbiology. Her main research interests are understanding effects on a community and ecosystem level, tolerance and cost of living in contaminated environments, and effects on ecosystem services such as nitrogen cycling and productivity.



In FRAM I am responsible for effect studies of chemical mixtures both experimentally in the laboratory and in the field.

More about Ingela
Contact: ingela.dahllof@gu.se

Other members in the team:


Nina Silow

Nina Silow is the Communications Officer of FRAM, situated at GMV (Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development).

In FRAM I work with "outreach": the project's webpage, social media, conferences and workshops. The main goal is to try to get our research across to policy makers.

Contact: nina.silow@chalmers.se


Dr. Marion Dupoux - postdoc at Dept of Economics

Marion Dupux is an agricultural engineer and thus interested in interdisciplinary studies focusing on environmental problems. Her main interests lie at the interface between environmental and experimental economics. Part of her projects deals with the efficiency and social acceptability of different policy instruments that could be implemented to regulate chemical pollution in particular.

Within FRAM, I am especially working (with Jessica Coria and Daniel Slunge) on an experiment aiming at evaluating the willingness of chemical producers to comply with chemical substitution costs.

Contact: marion.dupoux@economics.gu.se

Dr. Mikael Gustavsson - postdoc at Dept of Mathematical Sciences

Mikael Gustavsson primarily works with risk assessment of chemical mixtures in the aquatic environment. He is interested in understanding how the chemical use influences the environment, specifically focusing on the distribution of positive and negative effects of chemical use between the individual parts of our society.

Within FRAM I mainly work with modelling the chemical emission from human activities into the aquatic environment.

 Contact: mikael.gustavsson@chalmers.se

JulianDr. Julian Alberto Gallego Urrea - postdoc at Dept of Marine Sciences

Julián Gallego’s main research lays within marine sciences in inorganic environmental aquatic nanochemistry with emphasis in analytical chemistry, colloid chemistry and chemical modelling. He is particularly interested in approaches that help connecting aqueous phase environmental chemical modelling with chemical-particle dynamic analysis, with help of novel analytical techniques.

In FRAM, I am providing support in the analysis of inorganic components in water and sediments, their speciation, their responses to environmental stressors and their interaction with other contaminants. I collaborate with the field studies planning and analysis providing insight on the possible interactions between different abiotic factors on the fate, transport and bioavailability of inorganic substances, either dissolved or in the particulate form.

Contact: julian.gallego@marine.gu.se


PedroDr. Pedro Inostroza - postdoc at Dept of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Pedro Inostroza has a scientific background in environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology in aquatic ecosystems. He conducted his PhD at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and I received his PhD degree from the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Natural Sciences at the RWTH Aachen University (Germany).
His research interests span from occurrence, dynamic and fate of micropollutants in the aquatic systems until their effects at genetic/genomics level.

In FRAM, I contribute to investigate the effect of organic micropollutants on natural aquatic ecosystems. I also participate conducting environmental risk assessment of complex chemical mixtures.

Contact: pedro.inostroza@bioenv.gu.se

Julia Johansson

Julia Johansson - PhD student in Public Law at the Department of Law, with a special focus on Environmental Law.

Julia Johansson has a Masters of Law from University of Gothenburg. The title of her PhD project is "Reaching for Equality? A Critical Analysis of the Gender Mainstreaming of Chemical Regulations within the EU". Her research aims to analyze the connection between gender and environmental issues, such as handling of chemicals.

In FRAM, I will assist with the legal understanding and analysis of the consequences different types of regulations concerning chemicals have.

Contact: julia.johansson@law.gu.se

Christina Jönander - PhD student at the Dept of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Christina Jönander has a BSc in marine biology and recently finished a MSc in ecotoxicology where she specialized in chemical mixtures and effects on zooplankton communities. She currently works within the FRAM spin-off project CopeMix.

Her research is focused on the long-term effects on marine plankton communities exposed to chemical mixtures associated with sewage treatment plants and shipping. Specifically how these mixtures can function as evolutionary drivers and affect structure and function of the communities.

In FRAM, I provide knowledge about community level effects of realistic chemical mixtures. The results and methods used in the project will contribute to the development of a more holistic approach to ecological risk assessment of chemical mixtures.

Contact: christina.jonander@bioenv.gu.se


Jimmy Karlsson - Research Assistant at the Department of Economics

Jimmy Karlsson has a MSc in economics, oriented towards environmental economics. He currently works as a research assistant for Jessica Coria.

Within FRAM, I assist Jessica Coria in projects related to the regulation of chemicals in Sweden and the EU. In particular, I am involved in research on the political economy of REACH and the use of pesticides in Sweden.

Contact: jimmy.karlsson@economics.gu.se

Samuel Mwaniki Gaita - Research Engineer at the Department of Marine Sciences

Samuel Mwaniki Gaita is a researcher in chemistry with focus on environmental and material sciences. He has a Phd in natural science and my area of research is the elemental and chemical analysis of environmental pollutants. He is currently at Kristineberg marine research center using single particle ICP-MS, dynamic light scattering and scanning electron microscopy, among other analytical instrumentation, to analysis and characterise nano particles in water samples.

In FRAM, I am using my expertise in analysis and identification of engineered nano particles in surface runoff within the Stenungsund industrial area. This is in collaboration with Martin Hasselöv and Julian Gallego.


Joana Pedroso - PhD student at the Dept of Law

Joana Pedroso has an LL.M. in International and EU Tax Law and an LL.M. in International Environmental Law. Her current project is a Ph.D. research on the subject of the EU State aid law applied to environmental taxes, such as taxes on chemicals and harmful substances.


I am particularly interested in bringing the environmental perspective into the EU law, EU tax law and EU State aid law discourses, as well as to improve the synergy of environmental related research.

Contact: joana.pedroso@law.gu.se

Anton Sandblom - PhD Student at the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences.

Anton Sandblom has a background in biomedical laboratory science with a MSc in ecotoxicology and a focus on risk assessment and modelling of the effects of chemical mixtures. His PhD project will evolve from the base of trying to find synergistic biocide mixtures with high efficacy at target sites but with low environmental impacts. This project is a collaboration with RISE IVF and Chalmers which will include controlled release of biocides and material/product development.

Contact: anton.sandblom@bioenv.gu.se

Additionally, several master students are continuously working within the area of FRAM.

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