Environmental Studies

The relationship between nature and society is complex and mankind’s varying lifestyles influence ecological processes. At Södertörn University, we have therefore chosen to combine perspectives and theories from the natural and social sciences in research in Environmental Studies.

Climate issues, the sustainable use of natural resources, the significance of biological diversity for sustainable development. To be able to understand and manage issues associated with the environment and development, it is important to use how both societies and ecosystems function as a basis, and how they affect each other. The way we live our lives affects ecological processes in our environment.

Researchers with different research backgrounds and expertise meet here. Together, they work in multidisciplinary groups in which the research problem is in the foreground, rather than the discipline. Research in Environmental Studies is currently conducted by around twenty researchers and about the same number of doctoral students.

Our research is conducted within three research themes:

  • Environmental change and ecological processes: We study how ecological, biological and geological processes relate to ecosystem functioning and environmental change
  • Environment and development:
    Within the theme, subjects studied include the necessary conditions for ecologically sustainable societal and economic development, with the emphasis on ecosystem dynamics, change and the underlying societal and economic processes.
  • Environmental Governance:
    Research in the theme studies how different processes, structures and actors in the public sector, among companies and in civil society, influence how the environment and issues of natural resources are described, defined, communicated and managed.

For more information about research, our research themes and doctoral education, see Environmental Studies.


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