Johanna Eklund


Description of research and teaching


My backgroud is very multidisciplinary, I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher in Development studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. I am also a visiting researcher at the Digital Geography Lab, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki. I defended my doctoral dissertation at the Department of Biosciences in spring 2016, looking at setting priorities for conservation through an inspection of protected area effectiveness, management and quality of governance. I have been involved in many multidisciplinary research projects, and can work with a variety of methods, ranging from working with local communties to developing and testing novel approaches for analysing satellite based land-use data.


I am broadly interested in questions related to evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions and the factors affecting this, especially governance and funding. For the moment I work on projects attempting to disentangle the many links between funding, governance and ecological outcomes of protected areas. I am also interested in developing new tools and methods for the evaluation of protected area effectiveness.


I have a keen interest in teaching and developing my own teaching skills. I am lecturing at introductory courses in ecology, and I have also been involved in the development and implementation of master level courses in conservation biology at the Department of Biosciences. In addition to this, I have given guest lectures of my field and topic for other departments and institutions.

Affiliation Expiration31/03/2019

Latest publications

  1. Managers’ perceptions of protected area outcomes in Madagascar highlight the need for species monitoring and knowledge transfer

    Pyhälä, A., Eklund, J., McBride, M. F., Rakotoarijaona, M. A. & Cabeza, M., Feb 2019, In : Conservation Science and Practice. 1, 2, 9 p., e6.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Academic publishing empires need to go

    Lehtomäki, J. A., Eklund, J. F. & Toivonen, T. K., 12 Dec 2018, In : PeerJ Preprints.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

  3. New law puts Bolivian biodiversity hotspot on road to deforestation

    Fernandez-Llamazares, A., Helle, J., Eklund, J., Balmford, A., Moraes, M. R., Reyes-Garcia, V. & Cabeza, M., 8 Jan 2018, In : Current Biology. 28, 1, p. R15-R16 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Conservation Science and Practice (Journal)

    Johanna Eklund (Reviewer)
    1 Jan 201931 Jan 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  2. The annual meeting of Finnish geographers

    Johanna Eklund (Member of organizing committee)
    25 Oct 201826 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Daniel C. Miller

    Johanna Eklund (Host)
    23 Oct 201827 Oct 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

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