The following analysis assesses to what extent actions included in the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan that relate to demand may help reduce environmental pressures and contribute to a more circular European economy within the boundaries of the planet.
Senior Policy Analyst
Phone: +44 (0)207 340 2683
- sustainable production and consumption; circular economy; nature conservation policy and implementation; marine policy; fisheries policy
Since joining IEEP in April 2015, Mia has contributed to numerous policy evaluation and research projects for the European Commission, international organisations, NGOs, and national regulators. She has led projects and project tasks related to a variety of environmental policy areas and has specific in-depth experience with issues and policy responses related to the circular economy, nature conservation, ocean governance and fisheries. Mia also heads IEEP’s work on sustainable consumption.
Examples of Mia’s recent work include managing a project for the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) on the interplay between research and EU policy-making, evaluating the Swedish and Danish implementation of the EU Nature Directives in support of the ‘nature dialogues’ (NAP Action 5) in a contract for DG ENV, and leading IEEP’s work in a study for DG MARE on the economic benefits of marine protected areas in Europe.
Before joining IEEP, Mia completed an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics in Sweden. She also holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Lund University and studied one year at the University of Melbourne in Australia.
When Kosterhavet Marine National Park (KHNP) was established in 2009, it enclosed an entire existing island community – known for its tourism and small-scale fishing – with the strongest nature protection designation under Swedish legislation.
The Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area includes a multi-use area employed for small-scale fishing. Its fishery rules were elaborated with a participation process involving resident fishermen.
To find out what European citizens think about our current consumption habits and what more can be done to improve their sustainability, the IEEP went to the Democracy Alive Festival on the island of Texel, in the Netherlands.
IEEP organised a special session at the Natural Capital Initiative 2019 summit to discuss the socio-economic benefits that marine protected areas can provide to local communities, and the management and governance strategies required to realise them.