Erik is one of the theme leader for the global food systems and multifunctional landscapes/seascapes theme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. In his case this means leading research projects on green infrastructure, and how to make them more than what they are today.
On a more theoretical level Erik is interested in how ecological conditions and processes together with governance and human perceptions and values shape multifunctionality and how we understand and appreciate nature.
Erik studies flows of multiple ecosystem services and benefits, often with cities and urban residents as the final end users, the impact this use has on both ends of the supply chain, and how and when these flows may change over time. A centerpiece in this research is to understand different social-ecological boundaries and how they affect system dynamics. The scope and extent of Erik’s studies tend to be larger than individual sites, and then cross boundary, cross scale dynamics become critical.
Erik’s background is in ecology, geography, and earth sciences, topped up with environmental policy, conservation biology, and some maths. After finishing his dissertation at the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University in 2007 Erik did a two-year postdoctoral stay at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Since then he has worked as a research scientist at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science and the SRC.
Erik has served as expert on a number of panels, reports and inquiries, primarily for green infrastructure or ecosystem service related projects and processes. Erik is also more informally involved in a continuous dialogue and knowledge co-creation with local authorities and actors in the Stockholm Metropolitan Region. He has reviewed research proposals for French and British funding agencies, and is currently serving as one of the associate editors for the journal Ambio.
Why does Erik study ecosystem services? He an inveterate outdoors recreationist and esthete, and would very much like to see nature survive having us in it.
Johanna Hedlund, PhD candidate
Research news | 2017-10-30
The benefits and challenges of making our cities sustainable
Research news | 2017-05-16
Mosaic governance: introducing approach that can better account for various actors engaged in urban green development
Research news | 2017-04-28
Questions remain whether greening of cities actually leads to social inclusiveness. Researchers suggest six prerequisites for change
Research news | 2017-04-11
Why peri-urban areas should be seen as much more than just spaces between cities and their outskirts
2018 - Journal / article
Cities are currently experiencing serious, multifaceted impacts from global environmental change, especially climate change, and the degree to which they will need to cope with and adapt to such challenges will continue to increase. A complex systems approach inspired by evolutionary theory can inform strategies for policies and interventions to deal with growing urban vulnerabilities. Such an approach would guide the design o...
2017 - Report
This report is the final deliverable of WP2 and belongs to task 2.3 “Development of a database and typology of BCD of UGI components as grounding knowledge for other parts of the project (WP4-7)”. BCD research in the GREEN SURGE project was simultaneously carried out in five different phases at multiple scales from the local and context-dependent scale (Urban Learning Lab (ULL) cities, see chapter 3.2) to European level analys...
2017 - Report