Hanna Pettersson

Hanna Pettersson


I am a first year PhD researcher and a part of the NERC SPHERES Doctoral Training Partnership.

I am a social scientist by training but have an interdisciplinary research focus, applied within human dimensions of biodiversity conservation. I have worked with and researched conservation related topics for the past five years. This has spanned several countries, organisations and projects such as monitoring of jaguar populations in Costa Rica, rewilding of large mammals in Argentina, studying impacts of biodiversity conservation on the Sustainable Development Goals through Cambridge Conservation Initiative and environmental education and management at Nordens Ark in Sweden.

My research project is focused on human-carnivore interactions in European landscapes. I will be looking at the dynamics between returning large carnivore populations (mainly wolf and brown bear), managing authorities and local communities in northern Spain. The emphasis  of the project is to explore pathways to coexistence, the factors that enable mutual adaptation and how these can be reinforced. I will draw on perspectives and theories from both natural and social sciences, using mainly qualitative methods to conduct my analysis.

Research interests

  • Rewilding and landscape restoration
  • Species restoration and re-introduction
  • Human-carnivore conflict and coexistence
  • Human-wildlife vulnerabilities and adaptation 
  • Human behaviours, values and attitudes
  • Power dynamics and discoursive practices among different stakeholder groups
  • Legitimacy, trust and governance within natural resource management


  • MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, University of Oxford
  • BSc Environmental Science (major in Human Ecology), University of Gothenburg
  • BSc Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Environment and Development