Elin is a researcher as well as a research coordinator at the SRC. Her work can be summarized in three parts.
Currently she runs a research project funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency on the operationalization of the ecosystem services concept for strategic planning of sustainable development in a Swedish governance context. This work is based on a participatory case study based in the Helgeå catchment in Southern Sweden.
She is also involved in research on pathways for transformative change of smallholder agro-ecosystems in various locations across sub-Saharan Africa. This research focuses on the potential role of innovations for leveraging radical change processes, and highlights the interplay between multi-functional landscapes and poverty alleviation in a rapidly changing world.
A third main component of Elin’s work is the GRAID programme. Elin leads a section of the GRAID programme, which focuses on how to operationalize resilience thinking for practical development outcomes. This includes developing and testing new methods and tools, for example resilience assessment processes, but it also includes training and capacity building of development practitioners who want to use a social-ecological resilience perspective in their work.
Elin has a background in systems ecology and hold a PhD in Natural Resources Management (2009). After her PhD, she did a postdoc with CIRAD in Montpellier, France, where she worked on a project about the re-greening trend in the Sahel, and also served as an advisor to the Water, Land and Ecosystems programme of the CGIAR. Since 2012 she has been working at SRC in a number of different capacities, such as a researcher, a research theme leader, a module leader in GRAID, and as a teacher.
Elin has extensive experience of coordinating and managing international research collaborations, and of transdisciplinary field research. She also has substantial experience of organizing large scientific meetings. She was involved in the organization of the Resilience 2014 conference held in Montpellier in May 2014, and is currently assisting in the planning of Resilience 2017, to be held in Stockholm in August 2017. She was also one of two main convenors for the conference Transformations 2015 – People and Planet in the Anthropocene, held in Stockholm in October 2015.
Katja Malamborg, PhD candidate
Linus Dagerskog, PhD candidate
Research news | 2018-04-16
Entrepreneurs, NGO’s and others working on transforming the agricultural system into a more sustainable one struggle amid dominant focus on growth-oriented strategies
Research news | 2018-03-08
New method to map livelihood benefits of ecosystem services for guiding future land use decisions in the Sahel
Research news | 2017-02-21
The impacts and benefits of agricultural landscapes are more visible through a resilience framework , new study argues
Research news | 2016-11-29
Study explores what a greener Sahel means beyond just satellite images – a social-ecological explanation
2018 - Journal / article
Most current approaches to landscape scale ecosystem service assessments rely on detailed secondary data. This type of data is seldom available in regions with high levels of poverty and strong local dependence on provisioning ecosystem services for livelihoods. We develop a method to extrapolate results from a previously published village scale ecosystem services assessment to a higher administrative level, relevant for land ...
2018 - Journal / article
Identifying trajectories of agricultural development that enable substantial increases in food production is of prime importance for food security and human development in Sub-Saharan Africa in general, and Ethiopia in particular. To ensure long-term welfare for people and landscapes, it is imperative that such agricultural transformations sustain and enhance the natural resource base upon which agriculture depends. To unde...
2016 - Journal / article
After the severe droughts in the 1970s and 1980s, and subsequent debates about desertification, analyses of satellite images reveal that the West African Sahel has become greener again. In this paper we report a study on changes in tree cover and tree species composition in three village landscapes in northern Burkina Faso, based on a combination of methods: tree density change detection using aerial photos and satellite image...
2016 - Journal / article
The semiarid Mahafaly region in southwestern Madagascar is not only a unique biodiversity hotspot, but also one of the poorest regions in the world. Crop failures occur frequently, and despite a great number of rural development programs, no effective progress in terms of improved yields, agricultural income, or well-being among farming households has been observed. In addition to the severe development challenges in the regi...