Anna Nordén

Assistant Professor Economics
Programme Manager Economics Bachelor and Master
Economics , Jönköping International Business School
PhD in Economics


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Anna Nordén’s research specialization is in environmental policy and behavioral economics with focus on aspects of policy instruments for sustainable development and their relation to human behavior and decision making. Currently, her research focuses on (i) women empowerment in natural resource management; (ii) what motivates biodiversity conservation, (iii) preferences and social acceptance of green policy, and (iv) gender and ownership. 

Anna has an active role in a capacity building program for an Inclusive Green Economy in East Africa and is a domestic associate at Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative. She is also an active member in the Focali network and part of the researcher team at the think tank Ownershift.


Work in progress

Tinjić, D., Nordén A., and M. Halilić The impact of COVID-19 on academic success: Evidence from panel data. (Under review Higher Education)

Kahsay G., Nordén A., & E. Bulte. Governance & Women Empowerment: Randomized Control Trail Evidence on Participation in Forest Executive Committees. (In progress)

Harring, Ndwiga, Nordén, Ruhinduka, and Slunge. Social Acceptance of Green Policy Reforms in East Africa. (In progress)

Nordén, A., Gsottbauer E., and Correa M. Nudging for Biodiversity: Experimental Evidence from Farmers in Sweden. (In progress)

Nordén, A., Gsottbauer E., and Correa M. Money or Social Norms, what motivates biodiversity conservation? Experimental evidence and expert forecasts. (In progress)

Nordén A., & A. Tolonen. The Impact of Cash Transfer and Graduation Programs on Conservation. (In progress)

Boschini A., Dujeancourt E., Heikensten E., & A. Nordén. Sexual Orientation and Wealth. (In progress)

Naldi L. & A. Nordén. Is exiting business explaining low level of women’s ownership – Empirical Evidence from the Swedish Forest Sector. (Starting up)



Anna earned her PhD in economics in 2013 at University of Gothenburg and held a research position there until 2015. She also did a Post-Doc at Lund University between 2013-2016. In her previous research she has used stated preference methods, natural field experiments and impact evaluations applied to policy design for national parks and payment for ecosystem service in Costa Rica as well as forest management and forest certification schemes in Sweden. 

Between 2017-2018 she was the project manager of the Nordic part of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) led by Jeffrey Sachs. This position she combined with the position as senior environmental and climate advisor to Sida at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development

Anna started her position at JIBS in 2019. 


Kahsay, G., Nordén, A., Bulte, E. (2021). Women participation in formal decision-making: Empirical evidence from participatory forest management in Ethiopia Global Environmental Change, 70. More information
Kasimir, Å., He, H., Coria, J., Nordén, A. (2018). Land use of drained peatlands: Greenhouse gas fluxes, plant production, and economics Global Change Biology, 24(8), 3302-3316. More information
Villalobos, L., Coria, J., Nordén, A. (2018). Has forest certification reduced forest degradation in Sweden? Land Economics, 94(2), 220-238. More information
Alpízar, F., Nordén, A., Pfaff, A., Robalino, J. (2017). Unintended effects of targeting an environmental rebate Environmental and Resource Economics, 67(1), 181-202. More information
Alpízar, F., Nordén, A., Pfaff, A., Robalino, J. (2017). Spillovers from targeting of incentives: Exploring responses to being excluded Journal of Economic Psychology, 59, 87-98. More information
Nordén, A., Coria, J., Jönsson, A., Lagergren, F., Lehsten, V. (2017). Divergence in stakeholders' preferences: Evidence from a choice experiment on forest landscapes preferences in Sweden Ecological Economics, 132, 179-195. More information
Alpízar, F., Martinsson, P., Nordén, A. (2015). Do entrance fees crowd out donations for public goods? Evidence from a protected area in Costa Rica Environment and Development Economics, 20(3), 311-326. More information

Doctoral thesis

Nordén, A. (2013). Essays on Behavioral Economics and Policies for Provision of Ecosystem Services (Doctoral thesis, Göteborg: University of Gothenburg). More information

Book chapter

Anino, M. Nsereko, M. Hordofa, M. Kiprono, J. Mukandahiro, O. Kibindu, M. , ... Nordén A. (2022). The forest sector: How can we promote more sustainable forest management?. In: Policy instruments for an inclusive green economy: Lessons learned from a joint cross-country workshop in the East Africa region (pp. 26 -31). Gothenburg: Environment for Development, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg More information
Vulturius, G., Nordén, A., Arvidsson, A. (2014). National survey of forestry professionals in Sweden. In: Markku Rummukainen (Ed.), Mistra-SWECIA Annual Report 2014 (pp. 10 -11). Stockholm: Mistra, Stiftelsen för miljöstrategisk forskning More information
Nordén, A., Persson, U., Alpizar, F. (2013). Incentives, impacts and behavioural issues in the context of payment for ecosystem services programmes: Lessons for REDD+. In: Arne Bigsten (Ed.), Globalization and development: Rethinking interventions and governance (pp. 147 -167). London: Routledge More information


Nordén, A., Heikensten, E., Dujeancourt, E., Bengtsson, S. (2022). Ägande i nöd och lust: En kartläggning av ägande i våra kärleksrelationer. More information
Nordén, A., Coria, J., Jönsson, A., Lagergren, F., Lehsten, V. (2015). What is the preference of Swedish forestry stakeholders - biodiversity or production goals?. Gothenburg: Focali More information
Nordén, A. (2014). Payment types and participation in payment for ecosystem services programs: Stated preferences of landowners. Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg More information
Persson, U., Alpízar, F., Nordén, A. (2012). Realizing REDD+ – which role for PES. Gothenburg: Focali More information

Conference proceedings (editor)

Nordén, A. (Eds.). (2018). WCERE 2018: Supply and Demand of Environmental Economic Policy Advice: Pre-Conference Report. More information


(2018). Integration solutions report: From knowledge to action for the sustainable development goals. More information
(2017). Oceans solutions report: Connected and committed to sustainable development. More information