Svedin 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).
Svedin 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.
Svedin has a number of different positions during his career:
Svedin’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 | 2020-03-02
Researchers dissect body of literature on existing frameworks such as Planetary Boundaries, and shed light on its shortcomings
Research news | 2019-09-13
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through six actionable steps
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
2020 - Journal / article
Background: For decades, scientists have attempted to provide a sustainable development framework that integrates goals of environmental protection and human development. The Planetary Boundaries concept (PBc) – a framework to guide sustainable development – juxtaposes a 'safe operating space for humanity' and 'planetary boundaries', to achieve a goal that decades of research have yet to meet. We here investigate if PBc is suf...
2019 - Journal / article
Stewardship is a popular term for describing action in pursuit of sustainability. There is growing interest in how relational values, such as care, animate stewardship action. In this paper we develop relational understandings of care in stewardship, in so doing infusing the relational values literature with modes of ‘relational thinking’ increasingly adopted in sustainability science. We use three theoretical perspectives — d...
2018 - Journal / article
Current sustainability challenges – including biodiversity loss, pollution and land-use change – require new ways of understanding, acting in and caring for the landscapes we live in. The concept of stewardship is increasingly used in research, policy and practice to articulate and describe responses to these challenges. However, there are multiple meanings and framings of stewardship across this wide user base that reflect di...
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...