Uno is involved in research projects that match his varied interests in sustainability issues. Examples of his latest involvement are in “the sense of place,” and an EU 4-year project (COMPLEX) dealing with “the transition of the Stockholm-Mälar region to a non-fossil situation by 2050” (SU and SLU collaboration). Earlier, he was involved in the initial article on “Planetary boundaries” (2009).
Uno started as a PhD student in physics (elementary particle) in collaboration with CERN providing a thorough knowledge of “big science.” He recived his PhD in 1974 from Stockholm University. Over the decades, his line of thinking developed across a number of topics: physics-energy-other raw materials and their associated environmental issues, sustainability systems issues, governance, research policy, grand challenges, urban, regional and agricultural realms of application - and issues facing us in the period of the Anthropocene.
Uno has a number of different positions during his career:
Uno’s combination of interest over the years, starting from his Master’s studies (1967) until today, has included an array of scientific interdisciplinary practices involving, both natural science, social science and the humanities aspects. All of these coming together is what today is called sustainability challenges.
His wide interests between academic research and research policy, informed his role at FRN (The Swedish Council of Planning and Coordination of Research) from 2001-2010, and as the International Director at the Formas Research Council.
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2017-05-30
Emerging research on people’s attachment to places can unlock capacity to better deal with change
Research news | 2013-11-04
Social memory of agricultural practices important for biodiversity and food security
Research news | 2012-11-01
Sustainable cities must also account for imported goods and services
2018 - Journal / article
This article has a focus on the changing patterns of connected urban spaces forming large super-regional aggregates made up of cities of various sizes and regional functions as well as the interconnecting space of much smaller municipalities of agricultural or forestry types of character. The multi-scalar level analysis of these connected clusters is pursued from the level of the individual to the regional, national, Nordic an...
2017 - Journal / article
To develop and apply goals for future sustainability, we must consider what people care about and what motivates them to engage in solving sustainability issues. Sense of place theory and methods provide a rich source of insights that, like the social-ecological systems perspective, assume an interconnected social and biophysical reality. However, these fields of research are only recently beginning to converge, and we see gr...
2015 - Book chapter
The increased expansion of urban oriented challenges calls for the need to develop related policies in a sustainable development fashion. This means to be alert to the grand challenges to connect environmental/ecological—social—cultural—economic and technical factors. These challenges exist in all parts of the globalized world, not least in the EU domain. But the different parts of the world will have to find their specific w...
2015 - Book chapter
In the long human history from the period of the use of stone ax tools and the agricultural revolution to the various phases of the industrial revolution from the 18th century and onwards all sorts of innovative approaches have been applied by humans for the sake of survival and prosperity. In earlier days the environmental impacts due to these solutions were limited—although not always locally or even regionally negligible as...