Environment, Nature and Society

A person on a pier out into a stream. Photo.

The Environment, Nature and Society research section concentrates on interactions between humans and nature. We apply interdisciplinary approaches and a wide variety of natural and social science research methods. These approaches involve social-ecological systems, natural resource management, governance, and sustainability analysis. We also work with environmental policies and Sustainable Development Goals, practical application of the ecosystem services concept, biodiversity conservation and restoration, policy and planning for food security and preservation of agricultural land, nature and fishing tourism development, and environmental conflicts. Our work is conducted in collaboration with stakeholders at different governance levels, from local communities and organisations to governmental authorities. Our main focal systems include coastal habitats, pollution, fisheries and aquaculture systems.

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Ian Snowball: environmental magnetism; contaminated sites; remediation techniques; environmental risk assessment; marine pollution; fiberbanks

Patrik Rönnbäck: recreational fisheries; fisheries management; fishing tourism; aquaculture; ecosystem services; environmental and ecological economics

Malgorzata Blicharska: biodiversity conservation; ecosystem services; recreational fisheries; policy implementation; nexus; SDGs; environmental and ecological economics

Lina Mtwana Nordlund: sustainable coastal development; linkages among marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty; social-ecological systems; seagrass ecosystems

Alizée P. Lehoux: contaminant transport; contaminated sites; remediation techniques; in-situ capping; fiberbanks; imaging methods; nanoparticles

Madeleine Granvik: food systems, agricultural land, food security, food preparedness in a policy and planning context

Samuel Blyth: recreational fisheries; fisheries management; fishing tourism; catch and release; sustainable fisheries; ecosystem services

Johann Stiepani: global change; coastal resource management; seagrass ecosystems; ecosystem services; numerical ecology

Lotte van den Heuvel: recreational fisheries; fisheries management; fishing tourism; nexus; ecosystem services