Associate professor, principal researcher

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Profile summary

  • Landscape studies
  • Ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity
  • Functional ecology
  • Value and value perceptions
  • Green and blue infrastructure

Erik Andersson’s research focuses on multifunctional landscapes, ecosystem services and social-ecological boundaries, often in an urban setting

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

Publications by Andersson, Erik