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Environmental Science

Graphic element for the subject of Environmental ScienceEnvironmental Science is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary area for research and education, integrating the natural and social sciences.





In order to address and understand issues related to the environment and development, a major perspective is to examine how ecological systems and social systems function and interact.

The research within Environmental Science is organised under the Environmental Studies research area. Read more about the Environmental research Area in the right menu link.

We live in a complex world, in where understanding dynamic human – nature interactions is vital to interpreting trajectories of environmental change and possible response pathways. Within the research area of Environmental Studies, different natural science and social science disciplinary viewpoints are important in the theoretical environmental science frameworks in order to obtain a better understanding of the relations between environmental change, ecological processes and human interaction. Some of the current research questions include the effects of toxic chemicals and the impact of climate change on humans and the environment, how to achieve the sustainable use of natural resources and the role of the functional capacity of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning during environmental change.

Research in Environmental Studies at Södertörn University currently comprises around twenty doctoral students and approximately the same number of senior researchers as supervisors. The senior researchers have disciplinary backgrounds in natural resource studies, geography, ecology, biology, microbiology, ecotoxicology, geosciences, sociology, political science and economic history and typically have extensive experience from transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research projects. Most of our research is geographically focused toward the Baltic Sea region, but other regions, such as Africa and South America, as well as global and political structures are well represented.