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Urban social-ecological systems

This theme focuses on urban social-ecological systems, where ecosystem services, biodiversity, societies and humankind are included in analyses of urban resilience and sustainability

The continuous increase in the number and size of urban regions across the world, and the simultaneous shrinking of cities in some regions, pose great challenges for sustainable development. Local challenges include for example loss of species and habitats, social degradation of neighborhoods, and an overall erosion of resilience.

Urbanization patterns and the lifestyles of urban dwellers also affect the planet on wider scales in time and space. They contribute to shape bio-physical processes on planetary scales, and affect how humans around the world mentally connect with the Biosphere. However, through their local to global linkages, cities can play a key role in the quest to continuously and increasingly support sustainable development. Our research aims to be part of creating a better understanding of the challenges that cities are facing, and importantly, to also be part of creating solutions.

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Inom projectet Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability (ARTS) organiseras nu en tävling i varje fallstudieregion för lokala konstnärer, designers och kreatörer. Inom tävlingen, som ären del av ett större samarbete med Färgfabriken och projektet Experiment Stockholm, undersöks nya metoder för samarbete mellan konstnärer, forskare och praktiker.

Tävlingsbidrag samt kort motivering av ditt deltagande i detta projekt skickas senast den 18 juni till Maria Schewenius alternativt per post (adress i broschyren). Läs mer om tävlingen härPDF (pdf, 430.6 kB)

Urban news

Research news | 2015-06-23
New Lancet commission on health and climate change presents opportunities and solutions amid serious climate change
Research news | 2015-06-17
Amid climate change, restoring ecosystem services in urban areas not only environmentally sound and good for health but may also be financially smart
Research news | 2015-06-10
Seminar talk on the benefits of children being outdoor and exposed to nature
Research news | 2015-06-05
Special issue highlights the social importance of ecosystem services in urban areas
Research news | 2015-05-19
ARTS-projektet organiserar en konsttävling i Stockholmsregionen - förlängd deadline till 18 juni!
Research news | 2015-04-01
A special issue of AMBIO features 14 scientific articles from the interdisciplinary research project Ekoklim
Research news | 2015-03-05
First in-depth analysis of a resilience assessment put into practice. See video
Research news | 2015-02-18
Seminar with Terry Hartig, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Uppsala University
Research news | 2015-02-10
Children who spend more time in nature show a better understanding of both natural resources and environmental degradation
Research news | 2014-12-12
A full day conference gathered a diverse group of actors to do a joint inventory of knowledge and identify future challenges

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Theme contacts

Stephan Barthel, theme leader

Åsa Gren, theme leader

Maria Schewenius, project coordinator


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