Andrew Merrie

Ph.D., Sustainability Science

2011-2016 Junior Research Fellow (Stockholm University)

Research Liason Officer, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Andrew completed his Ph.D. thesis titled Global Ocean Futures – Governance of marine fisheries in the Anthropocene. The thesis provides an analysis of how an adaptive governance approach can be applied to address existing and emerging challenges in global governance with a focus on marine, wild-capture fisheries. Andrew is now working on science communications and science-policy work at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His work is in support of the Guidance For Resilience in the Anthropocene – Investments for Development program.


Merrie A., Olsson P., 2014, An Innovation and Agency Perspective on the emergence and spread of Marine Spatial Planning., Fisheries Management, Governance, Marine Policy, 44, 366-374, DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.10.006, link

Merrie A., Dunn D.C., Metian M., Boustany A.M., Takei Y., Elferink A.O., Ota Y., Christensen V., Halpin P.N., Österblom H., 2014, An ocean of surprises – Trends in human use, unexpected dynamics and governance challenges in areas beyond national jurisdiction., Governance, Transboundary Resources, Global Environmental Change, 27, 19-31, DOI 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.012, link

Merrie, A., 2016, Global Ocean Futures: Governance of marine fisheries in the Anthropocene, Fisheries Management, Governance, Marine Management, Stockholm Resilience Centrelink

Österblom H., Merrie A., Metian M., Boonstra W.J., Blenckner R., Watson J.R., Rykaczewski R.R., Ota Y., Sarmiento J.L., Christensen V., Schlüter M., Birnbaum S., Gustavsson B.G., Humborg C., Mörth C-M., Müeller-Karulis B., Tomczak M.T., Troell M., Folke C., 2013, Modeling social-ecological scenarios in marine systems., Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries Management, Governance, BioScience, 63, 735-744, DOI 10.1093/bioscience/63.9.735, link

Petersson, M.T., Dellmuth, L.M., Merrie, A. and Österblom, H., (2019). Patterns and trends in non-state actor participation in regional fisheries management organizations. Marine Policy, 104, pp.146-156 link

Merrie, A., Metian, M., Österblom, H. 2017, Radical ocean futures-scenario development using science fiction prototyping, Climate Change, Future,, link

“What has been interesting about the Nereus fellowship right from the beginning is that we are all here, all engaged in this monumental challenge of predicting the future of marine fisheries and the global oceans. My whole PhD has been grappling with that question- how do you say something valuable around the future of the oceans from a governance perspective?”