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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 | 2021-06-21
Looking for land to build? Go where nature can help you
Proximity to ecosystem services raises the value of residential and commercial areas around cities. Future projects should focus more to keep it that way
Research news | 2021-03-25
Centre wins bid to host 40 MSEK research programme on transformation to fossil free future
The 4-year programme, Fair Transformations to a Fossil Free Future, is funded jointly by Mistra and Formas
Research news | 2021-02-24
Thanks partly to good planning, Danish urbanites enjoy a bit of green
Over the last 20 years, residential areas across Denmark have become denser and greener
Research news | 2020-11-19
Eight centre researchers among world's most cited in 2020
Stephan Barthel, Oonsie Biggs, Örjan Bodin, Thomas Elmqvist, Carl Folke, Per Olsson, Garry Peterson and Johan Rockström on exclusive list of world’s most influential researchers