Andersson 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 Andersson 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.
Andersson 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 Andersson’s studies tend to be larger than individual sites, and then cross boundary, cross scale dynamics become critical.
Andersson’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 Andersson 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.
Andersson has served as expert on a number of panels, reports and inquiries, primarily for green infrastructure or ecosystem service related projects and processes. Andersson 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 Andersson 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
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Future sustainability of cities requires policies and interventions based on a complexity approach inspired by evolutionary theory
2019 - Report
We have entered the urban century and addressing a broad suite of sustainability challenges in urban areas is increasingly key for our chances to transform the entire planet towards sustainability. For example, cities are responsible for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and, at the same time, 90% of urban areas are situated on coastlines, making the majority of the world’s population increasingly vulnerable to climate ch...
2019 - Journal / article
The need to link different valuation methods, especially beyond disciplinary realms, has been discussed at least since the 1990s, and recently it has gained special attention. In the present contribution to this debate, we analyse the prospects for integrating different valuation methods representing three areas of disciplinary knowledge or value dimensions: social, monetary and ecological. We present a framework building on t...
2019 - Journal / article
We categorize Stockholm’s urban green spaces according to the use values and social meanings they support, based on a sociotope mapping, and estimate their impact on property prices with a hedonic pricing model. The approach allows us to identify the most and least desired green space characteristics (attributes) and to assess the willingness to pay for the multifunctionality of green spaces. To do this, we test the following...
2018 - Journal / article
Urban green infrastructure (UGI) is a promising concept when developing multifunctional green space systems to address major challenges of urbanization such as increasing social cohesion, promoting the transition to a green economy, adaptation to climate change and conservation of biodiversity. In response to the European Commission’s Communication on Green Infrastructure from 2013, the GREEN SURGE project aimed to further adv...