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Barthel, S., J. Colding, H. Erixon, S. Grahn, C. Kärsten, L. Marcus, J. Torsvall. 2013. Principles of Social-Ecological Urbanism - Case Study: Albano Campus, Stockholm. Trita-ARK Forskningspublikationer 2013:3
Thomas Elmqvist, Charles L. Redman, Stephan Barthel and Robert Costanza (2013) History of Urbanization and the Missing Ecology, in: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities (Thomas Elmqvist et al. (Eds.)), Springer Open, pp. 13-30
In this chapter, we explore the historical dimension of urbanization and why the ecology of urbanization has, until recently, been missing. We discuss the consequences of this for our perceptions of urbanization throughout history and also discuss the emerging reintroduction of ecology and the concept of natural capital into the global discourse on urbanization and sustainability. Humans and the institutions they devise for th...
Barthel, S. Parker, J. Folke, C and Colding J. 2013. Urban Gardens-Pockets of Social-Ecological Memory. In Tidball, KG and ME Krasny (eds.) Greening in the red zone: Disaster, resilience, and urgent biophilia, Springer, ISBN 978-90-481-9946-4
It is well known that urban allotment gardens provide important ecosystem services. Their potential to act as sources of local resilience during times of crisis is less appreciated, despite the role they have played as areas of food security during times of crisis in history. Their ability to provide such relief, however, requires that the skills and knowledge needed for effective gardening can be transmitted over time and a...
Elmqvist, T., Redman, C.L., Barthel, S., Costanza, R. 2013. History of urbanization and the missing ecology. In Elmqvist, T, Fragkias, M, Goodness, J, Güneralp, B, Marcotullio, PJ, McDonald, RI Parnell, S, Schewenius, M, Sendstad, M, Seto, KC, Wilkinson, C. (Eds.) Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer, Dordrecht.
In this chapter, we explore the historical dimension of urbanization and why the ecology of urbanization has, until recently, been missing. We discuss the consequences of this for our perceptions of urbanization throughout history and also discuss the emerging reintroduction of ecology and the concept of natural capital into the global discourse on urbanization and sustainability. Humans and the institutions they devise for ...
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Barthel, S. Crumley, C., Svedin, U(2013) Bio-Cultural Refugia - Safeguarding Diversity of Practices For Food Security and Biodiversity. Global Environmental Change-23(5). 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.05.001
Food security for a growing world population is high on the list of grand sustainability challenges, as is reducing the pace of biodiversity loss in landscapes of food production. Here we shed new insights on areas that harbor place specific social memories related to food security and stewardship of biodiversity. We call them bio-cultural refugia. Our goals are to illuminate how bio-cultural refugia store, revive and transm...
Barthel, S. and Isendahl, C. (2013). Urban Gardens, Agricultures and Waters: Sources of Resilience for Long-Term Food Security in Cities. Ecological Economics 86, 224-234.
Food security has always been a key resilience facet for people living in cities. This paper discusses lessons for food security from historic and prehistoric cities. The Chicago school of urban sociology established a modernist understanding of urbanism as an essentialist reality separate from its larger life-support system. However, different urban histories have given rise to a remarkable spatial diversity and temporal vari...
Colding, J. and Barthel, S. (2013) The potential of ‘Urban Green Commons’ in the resilience building of cities. Ecological Economics 86, 156–166.
While cultural diversity is increasing in cities at a global level as a result of urbanization, biodiversity is decreasing with a subsequent loss of ecosystem services. It is clear that diversity plays a pivotal role in the resilience building of ecosystems; however, it is less clear what role cultural diversity plays in the resilience building of urban systems. In this paper we provide innovative insights on how common prope...
Colding, J., et al., Urban green commons: Insights on urban common property systems. Global Environ. Change (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.05.006
The aim of this paper is to shed new light on urban common property systems. We deal with urban commons in relation to urban green-space management, referring to them as urban green commons. Applying a property-rights analytic perspective, we synthesize information on urban green commons from three case-study regions in Sweden, Germany, and South Africa, and elaborate on their role for biodiversity conservation in urban setti...
Barthel, S. Parker, J. Ernstson, H. 2013. Food and Green Space in Cities: A Resilience Lens on Gardens and Urban Environmental Movements. Urban Studies-in press. DOI: 10.1177/0042098012472744
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 ma...
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Barthel, S., Torsvall, J., Kärsten, C. 2012. Laboratoriestaden. Arkitektur, 2, 64-69
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