Erica von Essen

Erica von Essen

Erica von Essen, Ph.D.Erica von Essen2

Research Associate

Department of Ecological Anthropology

E-mail : essen[at]


2016   Ph.D. in Environmental Communication, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

2012   Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development, Uppsala University

2010   Bachelor of Social Sciences, Uppsala University (geography, social anthropology)

Academic Positions

2020-          Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)

2019-2020   Associate Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

2018-2020   Postdoc, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

2013-2016   PhD Candidate, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Project Management Experience & Grants

2020-2023   License to Cull: Investigating the Necropolitics of Countryside Culling and Urban Pest Control – FORMAS Research Council, Young Researchers (project leader), 3 M SEK

2020-2024   Work package leader for Empirical Opening #5 in ERC Project “Veterinarization of Europe: Hunting for Wild Boar Futures in the Time of African Swine Fever’”

2018-2020   Swedish Hunting Association – 100,000 SEK for 2020 (project leader)

Swedish Hunting Association – 100,000 SEK for 2019 (project leader)

Swedish Hunting Association – 100,000 SEK for 2018 (project leader)

2019           Animal welfare and ethical challenges in animal-based tourism, 2019. Funded by Future Animals, Nature and Health (project leader). 50,000 SEK

2018-2021   Challenges Facing Swedish Hunting Ethics - Viltvårdsfonden, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 4.5 M SEK 2018-2021 (project leader)


Media & Outreach         

2014-2020   140+ citations in Swedish media; 3 TV appearances, 10 radio appearances, open house and faculty day presentations, and regular media liaison for wolf and hunting issues


Teaching & Supervision

2 PhD students, 22+ master’s thesis students

2017 Pedagogical Prize, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Course leader for Independent Master Thesis Course, Interdisciplinary Practice within Masters Programme Sustainable Development, Communication Theory & Strategy Environmental Communication. Environmental Communication and Management Masters programme, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


von Essen, E.; Lindsjö, J.; Berg, C. Instagranimal: Animal Welfare and Animal Ethics Challenges of Animal-Based Tourism. Animals 2020, 10von Essen, E.; Allen, M.; Tickle, L. Game of Drones: On the Moral Significance of Deception in Modern Sport Hunting. Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence 2020, 4, 137-157.

von Essen, E., and M. Allen. (2020). Killing with kindness: when hunters want to let you know they care. Human Dimensions of Wildlife:1-17. 10.1080/10871209.2020.1800145

Tickle, L., and E. von Essen. (2020). The seven sins of hunting tourism. Annals of Tourism Research 84:

von Essen, E., & Allen, M. (2020). ‘Not the Wolf Itself’: Distinguishing Hunters’ Criticisms of Wolves from Procedures for Making Wolf Management Decisions. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 1-17.

Joosse, S., Powell, S., Bergeå, H., Böhm, S., Calderón, C., Caselunghe, E., Fischer, A., Grubbström, A., Hallgren, L., Holmgren, S., Löf, A., Källström, H. N., Raitio, K., Senecah, S., Kanarp, C. S., von Essen, E., Westberg, L., & Westin, M. (2020). Critical, Engaged and Change-oriented Scholarship in Environmental Communication. Six Methodological Dilemmas to Think with. Environmental Communication, 1-14.

von Essen, E. (2020). The Changing Wildlife Tableau of Hunting Magazine Covers. Society & Animals, 1-23.

von Essen, E. Tickle, L (2019). Leisure or Labour: An Identity Crisis for Modern Hunting? Sociologica Ruralis.

von Essen, E. and M. Allen (2019). "Political Deliberation and Compromise: Why People-Nature Reconciliation Must Be about People-People Reconciliation." Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies 17(1): 55-66.

von Essen, E. and H. P. Hansen (2019). "Reconciliation, Welcoming of the Wild, and the Desire to Turn Back Time " Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies 17(1): 1-4.

von Essen, E., van Heijgen, E, Gieser, T. (2019). "Hunting communities of practice: Factors behind the social differentiation of hunters in modernity." Journal of Rural Studies 68: 13-21.

von Essen, E. 2019. How Wild Boar Hunting is Becoming a Battleground. Journal of Leisure Sciences.

Allen, M. and E. von Essen 2018. "Animal Resistors: On the Right of Resistance and Human Duties of Non-Return and Abolition    " Critical Animal Studies 15(6): 3-28 

von Essen, E. 2018. "We Need to Talk…” Evolving Conversations about Ethics in Hunting Press 1960s-today”. Humanimalia 10: 1

Peterson, M. N., von Essen, E., Hansen, H. P., & Peterson, T. R. 2018. Shoot shovel and sanction yourself: Self-policing as a response to wolf poaching among Swedish hunters. Ambio. doi:10.1007/s13280-018-1072-5

von Essen, E. 2018. The impact of modernization on hunting ethics: Emerging taboos among contemporary Swedish hunters. Human Dimensions of Wildlife,23 (1): 21-38

von Essen, E. Hansen, H.P. Peterson, M.N. Peterson, T.R. 2017. Discourses on Illegal Hunting in Sweden: The Meaning of Silence and Resistance. Environmental Sociology, DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2017.1408446

von Essen, E. and M.P. Allen. 2017. Taking prejudice seriously: Burkean reflections on the rural past and present. Sociologia Ruralis,  10.1111/soru.12183

von Essen, E., and Allen, M.P. 2017. “From Obstructionism to Communication: Local, National and Transnational Dimensions of Contestations on the Swedish Wolf Cull Controversy” Environmental Communication. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2016.1269821, pp. 1-13

von Essen, E. Allen, M. 2016. ”Wild-But-Not-Too-Wild Animals: Challenging Goldilocks Standards in Rewilding”. Between the Species, 19(1) 80-108

von Essen, E. 2015. “Whose discourse is it anyway? Understanding resistance through the rise of ‘barstool biology’ in nature conservation”. Journal of Environmental Communication. DOI:10.1080/17524032.2015.1042986

von Essen, E., and Allen, M.P. 2015. "Reconsidering Illegal Hunting as a Crime of Dissent: Implication for Justice and Deliberative Uptake. " Criminal Law & Philosophy:1-16. doi: 10.1007/s11572-014-9364-8.

von Essen, E., Hansen, H.P., Nordström Källström, H., Peterson, M.N., and Peterson, T.R. 2014. "Deconstructing the Poaching Phenomenon: A Review of Typologies for Understanding Illegal Hunting." British Journal of Criminology no. 54 (4):632-651.


Selected Popular Scientific Publications

2020 Von Essen, E. Jerlström, J. Tickle, L. Fruntimmer i Skogen, men Jägarinna på Instagram. Jaktojägare nr 1/2 2020.

2018 von Essen. E. 2018. Samma språk – olika natursyner [”Same Language, Different Nature Views”]. Biodiverse. Nr.2/2018, pp. 12-13

2017 von Essen, E., Hansen, H.P., Nordström Källström, H., Peterson, M.N., and Peterson, T.R. 2017. On Illegal Killings of Wildlife in Fennoscandia: Symposium Report. Urban and Rural Reports, 2017:1

2017 von Essen, E. Jaktojägare. Nr 12, 2017.Försköning och Vita Lögner i Jaktbilder [”Censoring and White Lies in Hunting Images”]. Nytt & Noterat, p. 13

2017 von Essen, E. (2017). Vi måste förstå drivkrafterna [”We have to understand the drivers”]. Svensk Jakt. Nr. 2. 2017, p. 21

2017 von Essen, E (2017). Därför tar vissa jägare lagen i egna händer [“Why some hunters take the law into their own hands”]. Svensk Jakt. Nr. 1, 2017.

2015 von Essen, E., Hansen, H.P., Nordström Källström, H., Peterson, M.N., and Peterson, T.R. 2015. ”Toward a critical and interdisciplinary understanding of illegal hunting: a synthesis of Copenhagen research workshop findings” Urban and Rural Reports. 2015:1