Erik 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 Erik 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.
Erik 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 Erik’s studies tend to be larger than individual sites, and then cross boundary, cross scale dynamics become critical.
Erik’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 Erik 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.
Erik has served as expert on a number of panels, reports and inquiries, primarily for green infrastructure or ecosystem service related projects and processes. Erik 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 Erik study ecosystem services? He an inveterate outdoors recreationist and esthete, and would very much like to see nature survive having us in it.
Research news | 2016-11-15
A 3 million SEK grant from Swedish Research Council awarded to centre researchers Örjan Bodin and Erik Andersson
Educational news | 2016-09-27
Two independent courses will be given at the centre this spring - application deadline 17 October
Research news | 2016-07-05
Green infrastructure can reduce environmental vulnerability of cities
Research news | 2016-06-21
Centre research featured in special issue on urban sustainability and resilience
2017 - Journal / article
Densification of cities is presently one of the dominating strategies for urbanization globally. However, how densification of cities is linked to processes in the peri-urban landscapes is rather unknown. The aim of this paper is to highlight the potentials in of peri-urban landscapes to be recognized as complementary providers of urban ecosystem services when green areas in cities are reduced by densification. We suggest that...
2017 - Journal / article
Active citizens may contribute to the environmental, social, and institutional resilience of cities. This review discusses how citizen initiatives protect biodiversity hotspots, contribute to social cohesion, institutional innovation, and diversity in urban green space management. Challenges related to social inclusiveness, ecological connectivity and continuity suggest government involvement is pertinent, but needs to be refo...
2016 - Journal / article
History matters, and can be an active and dynamic component in the present. We explore social-ecological memory as way to diagnose and engage with urban green space performance and resilience. Rapidly changing cities pose a threat and a challenge to the continuity that has helped to support biodiversity and ecological functions by upholding similar or only slowly changing adaptive cycles over time. Continuity is perpetuated th...
2015 - Journal / article
Cities and urban areas are critical components of global sustainability as loci of sustainability progress and drivers of global transformation, especially in terms of energy efficiency, climate change adaptation, and social innovation. However, urban ecosystems have not been incorporated adequately into urban governance and planning for resilience despite mounting evidence that urban resident health and wellbeing is closely t...