Articles by Maria Pettersson

Maria Pettersson

Associate Professor Maria Pettersson, LL.D. and M.Sc. in Economics, is specialised in environmental and natural resources law. Her research is primarily focused on the function of law in relation to the management and utilization of natural resources including the development of renewable energy, including wind power and hydropower; planning and permitting processes for industrial activities; mining; and forest and water resources governance.


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Participation in decision-making is a complex issue

The post-war era has brought with it many social changes in the Western world, not least in regard to democracy. The major trend is increased democratization and greater transparency in central societal processes such as planning and decision-making, for example in issues concerning the use of natural resources. However, this has also entailed complex challenges,…


Swedish legislation prioritises the economic interests of mining, forestry and water

Despite a strong environmental legislation in Sweden, environmental interests risk being overridden when rules linked to the mining, forestry and water industries are implemented. This is because different types of special legislation complicate the consistent application of the environmental code. Swedish environmental legislation places extensive demands on taking into account environment aspects. For example, the…

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