Maria is a project manager within science and science communication, where she participates in every step of projects, from application to final outputs. An example of a past project includes the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (cbobook.org), the world’s first assessment of global urbanization and the links to ecosystems and biodiversity. In 2016, Schewenius led the production of the ground breaking VR experience Voices of the favela, and a short documentary Gereba based in a favela in Fortaleza, Brazil. The project highlighted the need for including informal sectors in urban policy and planning.
Maria holds a BSc in Environmental Science, specializing in Human Ecology from Gothenburg University, and MSc in Ecosystems, Governance, and Globalization from Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Since 2011, she has worked as project coordinator and a project manager. Maria is also a member of the jury of The Swedish Federation of Young Scientists.
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2016-11-17
The ARTS project launches a road map for scaling up local sustainability initiatives
Research news | 2015-05-05
New management tool to guide Baltic Sea region towards increased sustainability
Research news | 2014-12-04
Centre hosts Sweden's first gathering of researchers as step in creating a network for urban, natural capital, and sustainability issues
Research news | 2014-10-31
In one year the book has been downloaded more than 145.000 times in more than 100 countries
2016 - Journal / article
Understanding the dynamics of urban ecosystem services is a necessary requirement for adequate planning, management, and governance of urban green infrastructure. Through the three-year Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) research project, we conducted case study and comparative research on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services across seven cities in Europe and the United States. Reviewing > 50 peer-reviewed ...
2014 - Journal / article
Urban futures that are more resilient and sustainable require an integrated social–ecological system approach to urban policymaking, planning, management, and governance. In this article, we introduce the Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) and the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO) Projects as new social–ecological contributions to research and practice on emerging urban resilience and ecosystem services. W...
2014 - Journal / article
La India, país predominantemente rural, está atravesando por una transición lenta, pero constante y a gran escala hacia la urbanización. La cantidad de ciudades o mega ciudades ha aumentado de 5,161 a 7,935 (2011). La onu pronostica que para el 2031 el 15 % de la población urbana del mundo, alrededor de 600 millones de personas estarán viviendo en ciudades de este país. Este incremento de la población urbana tendrá implicaci...
2013 - Book chapter
We are entering a new urban era in which the ecology of the planet as a whole is increasingly influenced by human activities (Ellis 2011; Steffen et al. 2011a, b; Folke et al. 2011). Cities have become a central nexus of the relationship between people and nature, both as crucial centres of demand of ecosystem services, and as sources of environmental impacts. Approximately 60 % of the urban land present in 2030 is forecast ...