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Personal profile

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.


  • 1171 Geosciences
  • Land use change
  • Accessibility
  • Spatial conservation prioritizations
  • GIS
  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Conservation biology
  • Protected areas
  • Impact evaluation
  • Management of Protected areas
  • 4112 Forestry
  • Deforestation
  • Environmental Governance
  • Forest policies

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2010 2019

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

Open Access

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

Open Access

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

Open Access

Protected area effectiveness and management indicators do not correlate: what are we doing wrong?

Eklund, J. F., Coad, L., Geldmann, J. & Cabeza-Jaimejuan, M. D. M., 2018.

Research output: Conference materialsAbstractResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Quality of governance and effectiveness of protected areas: crucial concepts for conservation planning

Eklund, J. F. & Cabeza-Jaimejuan, M. D. M., 2017, In : Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1399, p. 27-41 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2009 2019

Conservation Science and Practice (Journal)

Johanna Eklund (Reviewer)
1 Jan 201931 Jan 2019

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

Global Ecology and Conservation (Journal)

Johanna Eklund (Reviewer)

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

European Congress of Conservation Biology

Johanna Eklund (Abstract reviewer)

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

Symposium: Advances in approaches for evaluating conservation impacts and their strength and limitations at European Congress of Conservation Biology, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Johanna Eklund (Chair of organizing committee)

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

Daniel C. Miller

Johanna Eklund (Host)
23 Oct 201827 Oct 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Press / Media

Pro­tec­ted areas on Mad­a­gas­car do make a dif­fer­ence

Johanna Eklund


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media