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Research

I m a senior lecturer in Sustainability Science since with a background in geography and geosciences. My research is, in a broad sense, is addressing how climate change directly and through mitigation policies influences rural land use dynamics and related livelihoods. According to a Sustainability Science approach, my research is based in a view that natural and social systems as closely coupled, which in practice means that both research and teaching often is carried out in interdisciplinary teams. This has made it possible to work in a problem-oriented way applying different methods depending on the specific research question to be answered.

One line of work explores how different factors determine climate vulnerability and adaptability of small scale farming system. Starting this research in the drylands of Northern China (with rural reform as an important dimension), I later participated in a project on multiple factors that create seasonal vulnerability in East Africa. Recently I have been running a project collecting data on how the 2018 drought hit Swedish farmers to be able to analyse how vulnerability to an extreme event is shaped in a “northern” context.

Another theme that I have address and want to explore further is the increasing impact of climate mitigation policies and expansion of renewable energy (for example bioenergy), and how this increases demand for land. This means opportunities but also challenges for land use and livelihoods and interplays with perceptions and attitudes, as well as dimensions of equity and justice.

Working closely with stakeholders outside academia in a transdisciplinary manner is one aspect of sustainability science that I really appreciate. For example, within the InnoForEst project, Torsten Krause and I are collaborating with the Universeum Science Centre in Gothenburg to study how schoolchildren interact with forest ecosystems, and how they can learn more about climate change through multi-actor collaborations. Following this direction, I have been also been developing an initiative with a jazz composer trying out new ways of creating awareness about climate change research.

Teaching

My teaching reflects my interests in interdisciplinary aspects of land change processes. I am mainly involved in the LUMES and LUMID master programs. I run the Energy and Sustainability elective course, participate in other courses and supervise master theses!

UKÄ subject classification

  • Physical Geography
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Land Use
  • Renewable energy
  • Climate Change
  • Livelihoods
  • Vulnerability
  • Sustainability Science

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