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The EfD Initiative is organised into two decision making committees ; The Coordination committee and the Research committee. The administrative hub is the EfD Secretariat .Specific center support in Policy Interaction and Communication is provided by the PIC support team and Center for Environment and Sustainability (GMV)

Coordination Committee

The Coordination Committee oversees the overall planning and organisation of the EfD Initiative. It consists of the Directors from all  centers, the EfD Director and the Chair of the EfD Research Committee.  The Coordination Committee convenes twice a year.

Research Committee

The Research committee is made up of individuals who provide strategic and academic guidance  to the EfD initiative. The research committee prioritizes research themes and allocates resources from the Research Fund. Members are nominated by the EfD centers and are appointed by the coordination committee for a renewable two-year term.Current members of the EfD Research Committee are:


The EfD Secretariat is the administrative hub of EfD. The secretariat serves the EfD centres with administrative support and facilitaters the platform to help share experiences between the EfD centres and other relevant actors. The secretariat is hosted by the Environmental Economics Unit, University of Gothenburg. Its current members are:

Gunnar Köhlin, EfD Director
Yonas Alem, EfD Research Director
Marleen Poot, Research Officer
Annika Kjellgren,  Acting Program Manager (until end of January 2018)
Susanna Olai, Program manager (works 20% until end of January 2018)
Karin Jonson, Communication Manager (works 60% until Dec 2018)
Eugenia León Communication Officer (Works 75% for EfD Secretariat and 25% for EfD Central America)
Elizabeth Gebresilassie, Acting Project Administrator
Potsan Goh, Project Administrator (works 20% until June 2019)
Thomas Sterner, Head of the Environmental Economics Unit, University of Gothenburg  and Chair of EfD Research Committee

EfDs Policy Interaction and Communication  (PIC) support team

The PIC support team give  central resource to all EfD centers on issues that relates to Policy Interaction and Communicaitons. Please contact the people below on their specific responsibilities. For questions that relates to one specific EfD center, please contact the local communication officer of that country under center pages.

Karin Jonson,Communication manager:
Main responsibilities: Overall coordination and budgeting, new development, Graphic profile, Social media, Newsletter

Eugenia León,Communication Officer/Researcher
Main responsibilities: Center support for website publishing, coordination of centers' annual reports and layout, audiovisual productions, promotional material

Cyndi Berck, Editor
Main responsibilities: Provides editorial services to EfD Researchers and staff on particular: EfD Discussion paper series, EfD Book series, EfD Research Briefs, Annual reports

Leonie Joubert, Science Writer, Journalist and Author
Main responsibilities: Support EfD centers in popular science writing. 

Daniel Slunge; Researcher and Senior Policy Analyst
Emelie Cesar, Policy Analyst
Main responsibilities:  Policy interaction advice and dialogue with centers- on demand
Contact: and


Center for Environment and sustainability

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV, in Gothenburg is a network organisation at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg. GMV includes the Environmental economics and policy group led by Anders Ekbom which is associated to the EfD. The group was formerly placed at the Department of Economics and moved to GMV in 2011. 

EfDs main contact persons at GMV are:
Daniel Slunge and Emelie Cesar