Research Coordinator and Project Manager

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Staff profile

Maria is a project manager within science and science communication, specializing in urban resilience, sustainability, and human health; preparing to do a PhD project in that field focused on Latin America

Profile summary

  • Urbanization
  • Resilience assessment
  • Latin America
  • Health
  • Green infrastructure
  • Ecosystem services
  • Governance

Maria is a project manager within science and science communication, where she participates in every step of projects, from application to final outputs. An example of a past project includes the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (, the world’s first assessment of global urbanization and the links to ecosystems and biodiversity. In 2016, Schewenius led the production of the ground breaking VR experience Voices of the favela, and a short documentary Gereba based in a favela in Fortaleza, Brazil. The project highlighted the need for including informal sectors in urban policy and planning.

Maria holds a BSc in Environmental Science, specializing in Human Ecology from Gothenburg University, and MSc in Ecosystems, Governance, and Globalization from Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Since 2011, she has worked as project coordinator and a project manager. Maria is also a member of the jury of The Swedish Federation of Young Scientists.

Awards and achievements:

  • In 2016, was nominated by Stockholm University to visit the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), at the Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias de la Sostenibilidad (LANCIS) (2017 01 – 2017 03)
  • Awarded Formas information project grant for turning the Planetary Boundaries concept into a VR concept: Planetary boundaries – the VR experience (2016)
  • MoU between SRC and the Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil, for collaborations on urban resilience research and practice between 2015-18 (2015)
  • Awarded Formas information project grant for producing the short video An Urbanizing Planet, illustrating the CBO project’s scientific foundation (2013)
  • Science Officer for bioSUSTAINABILITY, one of former DIVERSITAS (now part of Future Earth) core projects
  • MSc thesis fieldwork in Bangalore, India, for studies of how people’s norms and values can protect urban greens, focusing on sacred trees
  • Awarded SIDA’s Minor Field Study grant for conducting the BSc thesis fieldwork in Cambodia on power structures and natural resource management

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Publications by Schewenius, Maria

Schewenius, Maria

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