Sara

Borgström

PhD

Researcher, Urban studies, landscape governance and ecosystem services

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Sara Borgström's main research interest is in landscape governance exploring how the social and ecological compartments of landscapes interacts

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  • She holds a PhD in natural resource management and systems ecology
  • She has a long term commitment to both enhance the understanding of as well as contributing to urban sustainable development processes
  • Research keywords: cross-boundary collaboration, ecosystem services, co-creation of knowledge, Sweden

Sara holds a PhD in natural resource management and systems ecology. Her main research interest is in landscape governance exploring how the social and ecological compartments of landscapes interacts. A core research objective is to investigate how current formal structures and mechanisms of landscape governance can be adapted and transformed to support resilience building. The process of implementing the concept of ecosystem services into practical decision making processes is also a strong interest.

She has a long term commitment to both enhance the understanding of as well as contributing to urban sustainable development processes. Her work in the Stockholm-Mälardalen region started during the PhD thesis work, continued through the postdoc within Ekoklim program and is now extended into the projects ARTs and COMPLEX. During her work within the Ekoklim program hosted by Stockholm University she addressed regional level governance challenges from two angles i) by a case study assessing the adaptive capacity of the multi-level governance of Lake Mälaren and ii) by developing a high resolution, systematic analytical tool for assessing progress in ecosystem based management. Furthermore she performed a large scale interview study regarding the perceptions of the concept of ecosystem services among officials at local, regional and national level in Sweden.

Key words: cross-boundary collaboration, ecosystem services, co-creation of knowledge, Sweden

Projects:
ARTs (2014-2016), EU FP 7 program.
Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability aims to understand the mechanisms of how transition initiatives for urban sustainability can be accelerated and scaled up. The project includes in-depth empirical studies as well as co-creation of knowledge in five identified transition regions, Stockholm, Dresden, Budapest, Genk and Brighton. Read more here

COMPLEX (2012-2016), EU FP7 program.
With 17 partners across 11 European countries this project aims to explore new energy technologies, new ways of using landscapes and new policy instruments to support the transition towards a low carbon society by 2050. The Sweden based theme is focusing on the low carbon future of Stockholm-Mälardalen region. Read more here 

EKOKLIM (-2014), Formas.
An interdisciplinary research programme hosted by six departments at Stockholm University. The overarching aim is to investigate how climate change impacts biodiversity and ecosystem services and how they can be managed in the Mälardalen region, Sweden. Read more here

Education:
Course leader of the independent masters course "Urban Social-Ecological Systems" running March-June each year. Read more here

Sara's work at SRC is connected to the research theme Urban social ecological systems. Read more here

Theme affiliation: Urban

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