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Biosketch: Dr. Sebastian Linke

Sebastian Linke (PhD) is a researcher in Theory of Science focusing on the relationship between science, knowledge and politics in environmental, particular in marine policy issues. More specifically Sebastian is interested in how knowledge and information from fishermen can be integrated into the science-based EU fisheries management context via so-called Regional Advisory Councils (RACs).

Sebastian received an interdisciplinary academic education at the universities of Berlin, Jena, Bielefeld/ Germany and Bergen/ Norway. From 2007-2010 he was post-doc at the Section for Science and Technology Studies and is now with the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg.

Current research activities

Sebastian's research interests centre around the relationship between science, politics and society with a focus on the communication of scientific and other knowledge in different academic and public spheres. Financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Swedish Research Council, Sebastian investigates how science, scientific knowledge and other information (e.g. from the fisheries sector) are negotiated in environmental politics. This work combines approaches from of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Science Communication and Human Ecology.

In a detailed case study Sebastian investigates the relation between lay and expert knowledge in EU fisheries management at different levels, reaching from local to transnational experiences. Because of the use of different mechanisms, methods and technologies for their knowledge generation about the state of fish stocks, fisheries management entails a conflict between scientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders. The challenge to build up a trusted and socially robust knowledge base that both fishermen and scientists would/could comply with is hampered by the divergent ways in which fishers and scientists obtain their basic knowledge in the first place. For example fishermen use catch rates per unit of fishing effort while scientists use stock size estimations models to assess the amount of fish. In the study Sebastian looks at how fishermen and scientists engage with and learn from each other in order to overcome these differences for a more robust and sustainable use of the seas.

Research projects

Kunskapens sociala dimension: kontroversen kring hållbart fiske (2011-2013) Main applicant/project leader: Dr. Sebastian Linke; Project member: Prof. Dr. Karl Bruckmeier; Amount external funding: 2 224 000 SEK; see http://anslag.rj.se/sv/anslag/41924

Det hållbara fiskets politik: kunskap, kommunikation och deltagande (2011-2013) Main applicant/project leader: Dr. Sebastian Linke; Project member: Prof. Dr. Svein Jentoft; Amount external funding: 792 000 SEK; see http://vrproj.vr.se/detail.asp?arendeid=75657

Evaluating Catch Shares and ITQs for Economic, Environmental and Socio-Cultural Sustainability in Sweden (start: Sept. 2012) Project for two PhD-students in the Graduate School in Marine Environmental Research (funded by Centre of Marine Research at University of Gothenburg) see http://havsforsk.gu.se/Graduate_school/graduate-school-projects/project-6/

Environmental Risk Governance of the Baltic Sea RISKGOV (BONUS project 2009-2011) Project leader: Asoc. Prof. Michael Gilek; my involvement (06/2010-12/2011): participation in case study Eutorphication and Work-package on interactions between risk assessment and risk managemnent; see http://webappl.web.sh.se/riskgov

Selected publications (2011-)

Michael Gilek, Mikael Karlsson, Oksana Udovyk and Sebastian Linke (in press) Science and Policy in the Governance of Europe’s Marine Environment – the Impact of Europeanization, Regionalization and the Ecosystem Approach to Management. in: Kern, K. and Gilek, M. (eds) Governing Europe’s Marine Environment. Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? Ashgate Publishing.


Linke S, Jentoft S. (2013) Exploring the phronetic dimension of stakeholders’ knowledge in EU fisheries governance. Marine Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2013.10.010

Linke, S. (2013) Låt fiskerinäringen ta större ansvar för fiskepolitiken! In: Havsbruk som håller i längden. FORMAS Fokuserar, Forskningsrådet Formas.

Linke, S., M. Gilek, O. Udovyk and M. Karlsson (2013) Unravelling science-policy interactions in environmental risk governance of the Baltic Sea: comparing fisheries and eutrophication. Journal of Risk Research http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2013.794154.

Linke, S. and Jentoft, S. (2013) A communicative turnaround: Shifting the burden of proof in European fisheries governance. Marine Policy 38, 337-345.

Linke, S. (2013) Социобиология: Новая ”Пара-Наука” (Sociobiology: a new Para-Science?) in: Levit, G. Kolchinsky, E. Kutschera, U. Hossfeld, U. and Olsson, L. The Evolutionary Synthesis: Limits, Perspectives, Alternatives. St-Petersburg: Windrose 2013.


Linke S. (2012) Governance als Tragödie: Das Europäische Fischereimanagement und die Rolle der Wissenschaft in internationalen Umweltregimen (Governance as a Tragedy: European Fisheries Management and the Role of Science in Environmental Regimes) in: Morisse-Schilbach, M. and Halfmann, J. (eds.) Wissen, Wissenschaft und Global Commons. Konturen eines interdisziplinären Forschungsfeldes, Series Internationale Beziehungen Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Linke, S. (2012) Contexts constrain science in the public: How the sociobiology debate was (not) presented in the German press. Public Understanding of Science, 21 no. 6, 740-758.


Linke S., Dreyer M. and Sellke, P. (2011) The Regional Advisory Councils: What is their potential to incorporate stakeholder knowledge into fisheries governance? AMBIO 40:1.33-43.


Linke, S. (2007) Darwins Erben in den Medien. Eine wissenschafts- und mediensoziologische Fallstudie zur Renaissance der Soziobiologie. transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 260 pp. (revised Dissertation).


Sebastian Linke


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