Maria

Schewenius

MSc

Research Coordinator and Project Manager

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Maria is Research Coordinator working with the Urban research theme at Stockholm Resilience Centre, and also works with the Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management (BEAM) team

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  • Maria received her Master’s of Science from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where
    her thesis focused on the potential of city inhabitants' norms and values in protecting
    urban greens, focusing on sacred trees, in Bangalore, India
  • She was a co-editor of the book Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities
  • She was co-producer of the short video "An Urbanizing Planet"

Maria is Research Coordinator working with the Urban research theme at SRC, with the projects Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES), Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability (ARTS), and the Green Town Stockholm initiative. Maria also works in the Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management (BEAM) team, with the Baltic Health Index project, part of the global framework Ocean Health Index.

Maria was one of the coordinators of the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook project, running 2012 through 2014, co-editor of the project's scientific foundation published as the open access book "Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities", available from the project website, and co-producer of the short video "An Urbanizing Planet". Previous projects also include the position as Science Officer for the bioSUSTAINABILITY International Programme Office, one of DIVERSITAS four core projects.

Core research interests include development trends in peri-urban areas in Latin America and Asia, sustainable management of the associated social-ecological systems, and the connections between urban areas and the often geographically distant resource-providing areas upon which the cities depend.

An SRC graduate, Maria analyzed in her MSc thesis the potential of city inhabitants' norms and values to protect urban greens, focusing on sacred trees, in Bangalore, India's fifth largest city. Prior to that, Maria studied environmental and social-environmental science at Gothenburg University, specializing in Human Ecology, and spent one semester at the Australian National University, Canberra. Her BSc paper was supported by a SIDA Minor Field Study grant, and explored power structures and the prerequisites for developing adaptive governance in a rural fishing village in Cambodia.

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Publications by Schewenius, Maria

Urban governance of biodiversity and ecosystem services

Cathy Wilkinson, Marte Sendstad, Susan Parnell, Maria Schewenius

2013 - Book chapter

In an increasingly urban world the battle for biodiversity hinges on how effectively cities are governed, and how responsive those who run cities are to transforming the urban system to embrace ecosystem integrity and restoration. This chapter sets out the nascent field of urban biodiversity governance, and is the first scientific publication to provide a synthesis review of the urban biodiversity and ecosystem services governance literature. It notes the recent expansion of an interdisciplinary global urban biodiversity and ecosystem services governance agenda, and that a significant body of academic material already has emerged. The chapter focuses on the challenges and opportunities of governing urban biodiversity and ecosystem services at the local, national, regional and global scales.It reveals that although overarching patterns of lack of political will, institutional capacity and knowledge are challenges to making an impact on ecological integrity, there are numerous sites of innovation, and solutions that have been put in practice. While the chapter finds patterns of challenges and opportunities experienced across cities covered in the literature, it is cautious about generalizations, as studies from Africa, South America and parts of Asia are largely lacking. Finally, the chapter considers what is required to improve governance of urban biodiversity and ecosystem services, and sets out a more inclusive research agenda to inform future global assessments of urban biodiversity and ecosystem services, with respect to local to global governance.


Schewenius, Maria

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