Director of Studies
I am currently involved in a project called Sustainable Communities through Digital. In the project the purpose is to investigate the role of digital design as a contributor and carrier of meaning in sustainability activists movements within urban agriculture but also to contribute to the body of knowledge about the sustainability of community gardens and this new form of citizen-led initiatives, with the ambition of creating a debate about the best way to sustain and develop these initiatives. We argue that although community gardening may provide leverage for means of developing a sustainable city, it is a marginal phenomenon and contributes little to sustainable development its present form. The project has made studies of community gardening in Sweden, Poland, England and Germany.
Another project that in invived in is Horse-keeping in the transforming per urban landscape. The project analyse sustainable cultural landscapes through the lens of ecosystem services. The study focuses on transformation of the peri-urban landscape of the Stockholm region, Sweden. Peri-urban landscapes are characterized by diversified and fragmented land uses that are strongly related to urban lifestyles. The rapidly increasing trend for recreational horse keeping is replacing traditional agriculture. Horse keepers and local government perspectives on horse keeping are examined, as well as the related demand for ecosystem services, which affects the landscape.
I have just finnisht research in a three year project that has the title: The story of crucian carp in the Baltic Sea region History and a possible future, founded by the Baltic Sea foundation Research leader Håkan Olsén.
The overall purpose of this research project was to focus, in an interdisciplinary perspective, on the history and current status of the fish crucian carp, Carassius carassius (L.), in the Baltic Sea region, and to evaluate the species´ future potential in aquaculture on a local basis. It is very likely that the escalating problems in world fisheries and aquaculture based on predatory fish will result in increasing interest in omnivorous and herbivore species. This will give species such as crucian carp and tench (Tinca tinca L.) a renaissance as a food source in the northern hemisphere. The project is composed of three closely interlinked parts. One part is based on the history of the crucian carp in human use and the second part on its possible future use in aquaculture. The third part of the project will focus on the origin and routes of spreading of crucian carp in Sweden and the Baltic region