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- He has been part of developing the discourse on urban social-ecological systems
- A particular focus on how urban populations can connect with nature
- He uses methods and theories form the natural and the social sciences, as well as from the humanities
Stephan Barthel studies environmental issues in metropolitan landscapes
Explorative studies has focused on social-ecological relations (human-environmental interactive relations) for learning, memory and meaning. Of late collaborations with PhD student Matteo Giusti has focused on the role of 'nature' in the physical environment for fostering a cognitive and emotional "connection with nature".
A recent publication focused on nature routines in urban landscapes and concluded that children who spend more time in nature environments hold more knowledge and are more strongly affiliated with nature. Hence it seems safe to raise the hypothesis whether where people dwell will affect their connection with nature.
He uses methods and theories form the natural and the social sciences, as well as from the humanities. He has been part of developing the discourse on urban social-ecological systems over the years. In collaboration with Mistra Urban Futures Stockholm he co-creates a new paradigm in urban sustainability: Social-Ecological Urbanism!
Pervious work includes comparative studies on common property rights to urban nature with studies in Cape Town, Stockholm, Berlin, and the Randstand region in the Netherlands. Barthel has also worked with with archeologists and historians in have using a resilience lens on urban environmental food histories on Constantinople and Cities of The Maya.
Future research will revolve around two main themes. 1) The first will look at the role physical and institutional factors in urban landscapes have for the development of "connection with nature" among urban populations. 2) The other will continue on developing thinking on social-ecological urbanism.
Concepts that Barthel has co-created over the years are:
Social-ecological memory (Published-2010)
Urban green commons (Published-2013)
Bio-cultural refugia (Published-2013)
Social-ecological urbanism (2013)
Since 2012, he coordinates the 'Urban Theme' at SRC with Åsa Gren.
News articles with Barthel, Stephan
Research news | 2023-02-15
New report: Swedish parliament should decide on a fair carbon budget
Sweden is not on track to reaching its own national climate targets – and it is not even clear if the targets are sufficient, according to scientists of the research programme Fairtrans
Research news | 2022-11-25
Access to greenery and water goes hand in hand with human wellbeing during the pandemic
Green wedges and large nature areas are especially important for the young, elderly and unemployed, a new comparative study finds
Research news | 2021-10-04
How cities play a crucial role in the transition to a carbon-free world
In connection with World Habitat Day, centre experts explain why cities are at the centre of planetary efforts to reduce our carbon footprint
Research news | 2021-08-23
How to reduce risks of flooding in and around urban areas
New tool helps reveal dangerous areas that traditional assessments would otherwise ignore
Publications by Barthel, Stephan
Urban climate resilience through hybrid infrastructure
Journal / article | 2022
Urban infrastructure will require transformative changes to adapt to changing disturbance patterns. We ask what new opportunities hybrid infrastructure—built environments coupled with landscape-scale biophysical structures and processes—offer for building different layers of resilience critical for dealing with increased variation in the frequency, magnitude and different phases of climate-related disturbances. With its more ...
Frontiers in social–ecological urbanism
Journal / article | 2022
This paper describes a new approach in urban ecological design, referred to as social–ecological urbanism (SEU). It draws from research in resilience thinking and space syntax in the analysis of relationships between urban processes and urban form at the microlevel of cities, where social and ecological services are directly experienced by urban dwellers. The paper elaborates on three types of media for urban designers to int...
Urban Commons and Collective Action to Address Climate Change
Journal / article | 2021
Climate change and the coupled loss of ecosystem services pose major collective action problems in that all individuals would benefit from better cooperation to address these problems but conflicting interests and/or incomplete knowledge discourage joint action. Adopting an inductive and multi‐layered approach, drawing upon the authors’ previous research on urban commons, we here summarize key insights on environmentally orien...
Internal and External Factors’ Influence on Recycling: Insights From a Laboratory Experiment With Observed Behavior
Journal / article | 2021
Internal psychological factors, such as intentions and personal norms, are central predictors of pro-environmental behavior in many theoretical models, whereas the influence from external factors such as the physical environment is seldom considered. Even rarer is studying how internal factors interact with the physical context in which decisions take place. In the current study, we addressed the relative influence and intera...