Åsa Persson is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Thematic Studies, Environmental Change. She is Research Director & Deputy Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute and Chair of the Swedish Climate Policy Council.

Her research focuses on the interface between international and national policy for sustainable development and climate. In her position as Adjunct Professor at Linköping University she leads research projects conducting comparative studies of policy coherence between climate policy and sustainable development goals in nine countries. Her previous research has addressed global governance of climate adaptation, environmental policy integration, and planetary boundaries.

Åsa completed a PhD in Human Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2007. Since then she has been a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute and previously Stockholm Resilience Centre, and visiting researcher at the Australian National University and Macquarie University, Sydney. Since 2021 she is member of the Independent Group of Scientists preparing the 2023 UN Global Sustainable Development Report.