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Hanna Helander

PhD candidate

M.Sc. Sociotechnical Systems Engeneering 



Tennenbacher Str. 4

D - 79106 Freiburg i. Br.

 (+49 761) 203 67 920 

Room 04023  (Herder Building, 4th floor)



Hanna Helander is a researcher and a PhD-Student at the Junior Professorship of Societal Transition and Circular Economy at the University of Freiburg. Her main research interests are natural resource management and its environmental and social aspects. In her PhD-Project “Conceptualizing and Measuring Material Flows, Environmental and Social Impacts in a Bio-Based Circular Economy”, she assesses different practices of Circular Economy and use a solution oriented approach to support sustainable transition initiatives.



Previous Studies



Sociotechnical Systems Engineering, Uppsala University, Sweden.


(exchange semester) Environmental Science, University of Freiburg, Germany.


Global Studies, Sörängens Folkhögsskola, Sweden.



Previous Projects and Assignments


2016 Global Change (Master thesis), Institute of Physical Geography at the University of Freiburg.

A quantitative study of geographic disparities in the predicted impacts of population development and climate change on global food security.


2016 Junior Rapporteur, World Water Week, Stockholm.

Reporting on social aspects of water issues raised on the conference. The Report was published in 2016 World Water Week: Water for Sustainable Growth - Overarching Conclusions, available at


2015 Research Project on Gender and Water Integrity, UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI, Sweden/Colombia.

Field study in Colombia on women’s experiences of corruption in the drinking water sector.


2014 Research Project on Cooking System in Rural Kenya, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) of CGIAR, Kenya.

Field based study of fuel efficiency, ease of use and health impacts of different cooking systems.


2013 Tuition and Teaching of Sociotechnical Systems and Mathematics, Uppsala University