Ms. Jill Jarnsäter has joined WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute as Secretary with responsibility to assist to the provision of professional support of administrative and secretarial services to the Director and the Head of Research. Jill holds a MSc. In Human Ecology from the Department of Human Geography at Lund University, Sweden where she has studied a range of interdisciplinary subject spanning the sustainable development field with a particular focus on fishing management, social sustainability, environmental justice, diversity, identity and environmental exploitation related to human behaviour.
Before joining WMU, Jill worked at IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in Malaga, Spain from 2017 where she worked as Ecosystem Department program assistant and as IUCN communications consultant at the Corporate Development Department. Her work primarily revolved on communications, and more specifically on sustainable travel and ecotourism under the framework of DestiMED, an EU-funded transnational cooperation project funded through the Interreg MED Sustainable Tourism Programme which centers on protected area ecotourism development. Main tasks also included supporting the coordination of the project team of seven organizational partners in 6 countries and 13 protected areas, while managing the collective activities in marketing and communicating with target audiences, disseminating project outcomes and developing and testing ecotourism products.
Her previous work and life experiences also cover teaching, gender-consulting, documentary filmmaking, photography, lecturing at ECPAT and working as divemaster and keen ambassador for ocean related issues. Additionally, she has lived abroad in countries such as Denmark, Australia, Argentina and most recently Spain which has allowed her to gain valuable experiences and insights in multicultural environments. She has a fundamental interest in better understanding the dynamics of marine social-ecological systems, especially how they adapt and are resilient to change through time. She believes research needs to be in a social-ecological context and to include people as integral to scientific understanding and sustainability.