Gårdfeldt has been appointed by the Swedish Government as Director-General of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. The Secretariat is mandated to co-ordinate and promote Swedish polar research; it organizes and supports research expeditions to the polar regions and manages research infrastructure.
Gårdfeldt is the initiator of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe and is a member of the Leadership Council.
She is Associate Professor in Environmental Inorganic Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology, and is Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV, at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. She is principal investigator in ‘SWEDARCTIC and SWEDARP Swedish national polar research programmes – 2014 and beyond’, a roadmap for Swedish polar research, and was selected through a peer review process by the Swedish Research Council VR and SPRS.
Her research focus has been devoted to atmospheric transport and transformation of mercury species. She has participated in several scientific expeditions, including to the Arctic, Antarctica, and the Mediterranean Sea. Gårdfeldt is the vice chairman of the Environmental Committee at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.