Henrik Österblom

Ph.D., Marine Ecology

Professor, Stockholm University

Henrik Österblom is Deputy Science Director at Stockholm Resilience Centre. He holds a position as senior lecturer in environmental sciences with a particular focus on ecosystem-based management of the Baltic Sea. His primary research interests are 1) Social-ecological dynamics of the Baltic Sea, 2) International marine governance and 3) Seabirds and ecosystem change.


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

Österblom H., 2013, Catching up on fisheries crime, Fisheries Management, Governance, Conservation Biology, 28, 877-878, DOI 10.1111/cobi.12229, link


Blasiak, R., Spijkers, J., Tokunaga, K., Pittman, J., Yagi, N., Österblom, H., 2017, Climate change and marine fisheries: Least developed countries top global index of vulnerability, PLoS ONE, 12(6), e0179632., link

Blasiak, R., Jouffray, J.B., Wabnitz, C.C.C., Sundstrom, E. and Osterblom, H., 2018. Corporate control and global governance of marine genetic resources. Science Advances 4(6), eaar5237. link

Troell M., Naylor R.L., Metian M., Beveridge M., Tyedmers P.H., Folke C., Arrow K.J., Barrett S., Crépin A.S., Ehrlich P.R., Gren A., Kautsky N., Levin S.A., Nyborg K., Österblom H., Polasky S., Scheffer M., Walker B.H., Xepapadeas T., Zeeuw A.D., 2014, Does aquaculture add resilience to the global food system?, Aquaculture, Food Security, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 13257-13263., DOI 10.1073/pnas.1404067111, link

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

Crona B., Daw T., Swartz W., Nyström M., Norström A., Thyresson M., Österblom H., Folke C., Sundberg J., 2015, Masked, diluted and drowned out: why signals from local marine ecosystems are not transmitted through global seafood markets, Fisheries, Economics, Fish and Fisherieslink

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

Blasiak, R., Jouffray, J-B., Wabnitz, C.C.C., Österblom, H. (2019). Scientists Should Disclose Origin in Marine Gene Patents. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. DOI: link

Villasante S., Morato T., Rodriguez-Gonzalez D., Antelo M., Österblom H., Watling L., Nouvian C., Gianni M., Macho G., 2012, “Sustainability of Deep-sea Fish Species Under the European Union Common Fisheries Policy”., Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries Management, Ocean and Coastal Management, 70, 31-37, DOI 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2012.07.033, link

Österblom H., Jouffray J., Spijkers J., 2016, Where and how to prioritize fishery reform?, Fisheries Management, Governance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of Americalink

Spijkers, J., Singh, G., Blasiak, R., Morrison, T.H., Le Billon, P. and Österblom, H. (2019). Global patterns of fisheries conflict: Forty years of data. Global Environmental Change, 57, 101921. link

Jouffray, J., Blasiak, R., Norström, A.V., Österblom, H., & Nyström, M. (2020). The Blue Acceleration: The Trajectory of Human Expansion into the Ocean. One Earth 2, 43-54. link.

Österblom, H., C.C.C. Wabnitz, D. Tladi et al. 2020. Towards Ocean Equity. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Available online at link.


Nereus Fellow Matilda Petersson (Stockholm Resilience Centre – SRC) is a co-author with Principal Investigator Henrik Österblom (SRC) on a new publication in Marine Policy, entitled ‘Patterns and trends in non-state actor participation in regional fisheries management organizations’. They investigate participation trends and influence of non-state actors in the global governance of migratory and straddling tuna fish stocks.

Nereus researchers Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Center – SRC), Colette Wabnitz (University of British Columbia) and Henrik Österblom (SRC) recently published a paper, ‘Scientists Should Disclose Origin in Marine Gene Patents’ in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Here you can read a brief description of their work, as well as access the article in full.

March 5, 2019 | Biodiversity

It’s important to address the activities of transnational corporations in global fishery reform, argues a new letter co-authored by Nereus Program Principal Investigator Henrik Österblom, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and published in PNAS.

July 13, 2016 | Fisheries

Nereus research fellow Jessica Spijkers’s (Stockholm Resilience Centre – SRC) recent publication on the rise in international fisheries conflicts is the focus of an article in Hakai Magazine – ‘International Fish Fights on the Rise’.

Robert Blasiak and Henrik Österblom from the Stockholm Resilience Centre are part of a research team on a new publication in One Earth, “The Blue Acceleration: The Trajectory of Human Expansion into the Ocean.” You can read a short summary and access the article here.

Henrik Österblom and Colette Wabnitz are lead authors with many collaborators on a new Blue Paper for the High Level Panel for the Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP), “Towards Ocean Equity”, which was also the focus of a recent webinar.