Karin Ebert

Karin Ebert

Associate Professor

Head of Department

Senior Lecturer

Associate professor, sen. lecturer in environmental sciences and geographical information systems (GIS). Head of Department of Environment, Development and Sustainability Studies.

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Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies



I am interested in exploiting the uncountable possibilities of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) with a variety of applications in environmental science. My newest project is about the relation between the pattern of COVID-19 and different environmental factors.

I got my PhD in 2009 and became Associate Professor in Physical Geography in 2016, both at the Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University. Originally I am geomorphologist, using GIS as a tool, for environmental risk assessment and in glacial-geomorphological landscape development. Since 2017 I am senior lecturer in environmental sciences and GIS at Södertörn University.

PhD supervision:

Patrick Spets (ongoing): Exploring GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as a Relevant Method in Environmental Research on Antimicrobial Resistance Transmission

Elena Palenova (ongoing): Restoration Potentials Based on Geophysical Characteristics and Landscape Connectivity for areas under natural (f.e. wildfires) impacts


I am teaching GIS with an emphasis on its applications in environmental sciences. I teach with a combination of lectures and practical exercises and projects. In my lectures I emphasize that GIS is the tool to reach your goal – don’t be afraid of GIS, explore its possibilities and reach your goal. Another main point in my lectures is the connection between GIS and reality - the important awareness about where your data come from and what they really show. This includes sources of error and of course copyright issues and correct referencing.

The connection between university education and the labour market is of major importance. I make great effort to keep up to date, to keep in touch with alumni and the organize meetings between my students and alumni.

Some publications

(see Karin Ebert google scholar External link. for full list):

Spets, P., Ebert, K., Dinnétz, P., 2023: Spatial analysis of antimicrobial resistance in the environment. A systematic review. Geospatial Health, 18: 1168. https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2023.1168 External link, opens in new window.

Ebert, K., Houts, R., Noce, S., 2022: Lower COVID-19 incidence in low-continentality west-coast areas of Europe. GeoHealth 6, e2021GH000568. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GH000568 External link, opens in new window.

Ströberg, A., Ebert, K., Jarsjö, J., Frampton, A., 2017: Contaminated area instability along Ångerman Älven River, northern Sweden. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 189: 118. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10661-017-5839-0 External link, opens in new window.

Ebert, K., Ekstedt, K., Jarsjö, J., 2016: GIS analysis of effects of future Baltic sea level rise on the island of Gotland, Sweden. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 16: 1571-1582. https://nhess.copernicus.org/articles/16/1571/2016/ External link, opens in new window.

Ebert, K., 2015: GIS analyses of ice-sheet erosional impacts on the exposed shield of Baffin Island, eastern Canadian Arctic. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 52: 966-979.
https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/10.1139/cjes-2015-0063 External link, opens in new window.

Ebert, K., Hall, A.M., Kleman, J., Andersson, J., 2015: Unequal ice-sheet erosional impacts across low-relief shield terrain in northern Fennoscandia. Geomorphology 233: 64-74.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0169555X14004991 External link, opens in new window.

Ebert, K., Axelsson, L., Harbor, J., 2015: Opportunities and challenges for building alumni networks in Sweden: A case study of Stockholm University. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 37(2): 252-262. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1360080X.2015.1019117?journalCode=cjhe20 External link, opens in new window.

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The researcher is not participating in any projects at this moment.