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Colding, J.; Barthel, S. 2017. The Role of University Campuses in Reconnecting Humans to the Biosphere. Sustainability 9, no. 12: 2349
In this paper, we explore the potential for integrating university campuses in a global sustainability agenda for a closer reconnection of urban residents to the biosphere. This calls for a socio-cultural transition that allows universities and colleges to reconnect to the biosphere and become active stewards of the Earth System. Recognizing their pivotal role of fostering coming generations of humans, university campuses repr...
Gordon, L., Bignet, V., Crona, B. et.al. 2017. Rewiring food systems to enhance human health and biosphere stewardship. Environ. Res. Lett. 12 100201
Food lies at the heart of both health and sustainability challenges. We use a social-ecological framework to illustrate how major changes to the volume, nutrition and safety of food systems between 1961 and today impact health and sustainability. These changes have almost halved undernutrition while doubling the proportion who are overweight. They have also resulted in reduced resilience of the biosphere, pushing four out of s...
Colding, J., Barthel, S. 2017. An urban ecology critique on the “Smart City” model. Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 164, 15 October 2017, Pages 95–101
The aim of this letter is to raise some critical concerns and gaps in the booming literature on Smart Cities; concerns that we think deserve greater attention from scientists, policy makers and urban planners. Using an urban ecology lens, we provide some reflections that need to forgo any wider-scale implementation of the Smart City-model with the goal to enhance urban sustainability. We discuss that the Smart City literature ...
Raymond, C.M., Giusti, M., Barthel, S. 2017. An embodied perspective on the co-production of cultural ecosystem services: Toward embodied ecosystems. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.
Despite arguments justifying the need to consider how cultural ecosystem services are co-produced by humans and nature, there are currently few approaches for explaining the relationships between humans and ecosystems through embodied scientific realism. This realism recognises that human-environment connections are not solely produced in the mind, but through relations among mind, body, culture and environment in time. Using ...
Sinclair, P., S. Barthel, C. Isendahl. 2016. Beyond rhetoric: Towards a framework for an applied historical ecology of urban planning. In C. Isendahl, D. Stump (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology. Oxford Handbooks Online. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199672691.013.34 pp. 1 – 12.
Historical ecological approaches to settlement aggregation and complexity reject modernist and post-modernist reliance on linear neo-evolutionary categorization of cities in relation to earlier farming communities. Instead, urban centres and multi-urban systems are viewed as components of complex heterarchically and hierarchically organized landscapes. Resilience theory has been applied in several archaeological efforts to cha...
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Marcus, L., Giusti, M., Barthel, S. 2016.Cognitive affordances in sustainable urbanism: contributions of space syntax and spatial cognition. Journal of Urban Design Volume 21, 2016 - Issue 4
Post-industrial societies impose new ecological challenges on urbanism. However, it is argued here that most approaches to sustainable urbanism still share the conception of the humans-environment relations that characterized modernism. The paper finds support in recent knowledge developments in social-ecological sustainability, spatial analysis and cognitive science to initiate a dialogue for an alternative framework. Urban f...
Andersson, E., Barthel. S. 2016. Memory carriers and stewardship of metropolitan landscapes. Ecological Indicators, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.02.030. Available online 24 February 2016
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...
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Barthel, S., J. Parker, H. Ernstson. 2015. Food and green space in cities: A resilience lens on gardens and urban environmental movements. Urban Studies 52: 1321–1338.
This article examines the role played by urban gardens during historical collapses in urban food supply lines and identifies the social processes required to protect two critical elements of urban food production during times of crisis—open green spaces and the collective memory of how to grow food. Advanced communication and transport technologies allow food sequestration from the farthest reaches of the planet, but have mark...
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Jongerden, J., P. Swagemakers, S. Barthel. 2014. Connective storylines: A relational approach to initiatives in food provisioning and green infrastructures. Spanish Journal of Rural Development 5: 7-18.
Debates about the design and management of ecosystem services and interweaving of rural and urban spaces in metropolitan regions raise questions about how to conceptualize “the local” . Rather than presupposing spatial settings or identities as rural-urban or local-global, attention here shifts to the immediacy of connections and relations. Conceptualized in terms of activity space, this paper presents a relational analysi...
Giusti, M., S. Barthel, L. Marcus. 2014. Nature Routines and Affinity with the Biosphere: A Casestudy of Preschool Children in Stockholm. Children, Youth and Environments 24(3): 16-42.
Do nature-deficit routines undermine affinity with the biosphere? We assessed social-ecological features in Stockholm that afford nature experiences and analyzed the accessibility of these natural areas to preschools. We then selected preschools with contrasting accessibilities. The nature routines resulting from differing outdoor possibilities in preschool life were investigated in relation to children's affinity with the bio...
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