My Sellberg is a PhD student at the Stockholm Resilience Centre focusing on the translation of resilience into practice, from regional planning, to bottom-up social movements. Using participatory case studies of resilience assessments in a range of contexts, mainly in the Stockholm-Mälaren region, the aim is to develop the Resilience Assessment Workbook for Practitioners, e.g. into multiple versions. Through this project My also hopes to strengthen the dialogue between resilience research and practice.
Her research is part of SEEN, a project on social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services in the Norrström basin, i.e. the Stockholm-Mälaren region. This project, in turn, is part of the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), which includes local-regional case studies around the world of social-ecological systems using transdisciplinary approaches.
Underpinning My's research is the motivation to develop science on the application of resilience into practice. While different actors in society are trying to meet the growing demand for tools and guides on how to operationalize resilience, the Resilience Assessment Workbook, developed by the Resilience Alliance, is the only initiative coming from social-ecological research with a version for practitioners. Although the handbook has been applied worldwide, there are few previous studies of its application. The purpose of My's research is to further the understanding of how to apply resilience, by connecting it to municipal and regional planning, as well as to the work of local initiatives to build community resilience.
My has a MSc in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at Stockholm University, and a BSc in Environmental Science at Lund University. Both of her theses have addressed strategic environmental work in Swedish municipalities, first concerning climate change in the City of Malmö, and then resilience in Eskilstuna municipality. The interest in the application of resilience sprung from the involvement in the Eskilstuna Resilience Assessment for her master thesis (2012–2013), where she developed skills of participatory observation and semi-structured interviewing techniques. My also has a background as the chairman of Lund Students for Sustainability (2009–2010) and as an environmental consultant within sustainable business development (2011–2013).