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Steering committee


Members of the 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 will co-ordinate the work of the center and together with Thomas Backhaus and Jessica Coria make up the management team. Of course I will contribute with my knowledge and experience when we develop the case studies and hope to 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 have 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’ll try to ”herd the cats”, i.e. organize the work of the center together with Jessica and Åsa. From a scientific perspective I will contribute to methods for setting boundaries for chemical pollution that adequately consider the complexity of chemical exposures in various ecosystems. Finally, I hope to 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 aims at evaluating the performance of different instrument combinations and to identify the institutional arrangements needed for effective coordination and implementation of integrated pollution management.

My role in FRAM will be to identify and propose policy options for accounting for chemical mixture effects. I will 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






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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 will mainly contribute with exposure assessments, and contaminant fate in aquatic ecosystems, and 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 will 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 will 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 is a policy analyst at the Gothenburg Center for Environmental Sustainability (GMV) He combines research and teaching with policy advisory work for Sida, the World Bank and other organizations. His research focuses on policy instruments for chemicals management, risk perceptions and environmental assessment.

I will be 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 will 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 will be responsible for effect studies of chemical mixtures both experimentally in the laboratory and in the field.

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


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