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Thomas Elmqvist

Thomas Elmqvist

Professor & Theme Leader
Stockholm University & Stockholm Resilience Center
Stockholm, Sweden

Thomas Elmqvist, PhD, is a professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University and Theme Leader at the Stockholm Resilience Center. His research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social institutions. He is coordinating a major interdisciplinary research themes as part of the Stockholm Resilience Centre focusing on governance and management of ecosystem services in urban landscapes, involving 12 cities around the world. He was involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and principal investigator of several multidisciplinary projects in Africa. He serves as associated editor for the journals Ecology and Society, Conservation and Society, Ambio and Sustainability Science. He is currently a co-chair of the Science Committee bioSustainability, as part of Diversitas and participate in the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity project.

March 2, 2014

Next year, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted by the United Nations after the Millennium Declaration, are set to expire. The next set of global development goals, which are supposed to be even more environmentally focused — the Sustainable Development Goals — are currently under discussion at the UN and in multiple fora around the … Continue reading Why We Need an Urban Sustainable Development Goal

August 25, 2013
A small park in Midtown Manhattan (53rd St), with a waterfall and a green wall. Green walls may reduce up to 40dB of outdoor noise and vibration. Photo: David Maddox

City planners have often many and innovative solutions for how to create a ’good urban milieu’. However, these ideas are mainly focused on accommodating visual aesthetics with necessary practical matters for transport, waste and energy. The dynamic sound perspectives in the urban environment, such as sonic diversity and acoustic ecology, are still very much neglected … Continue reading Designing the Urban Soundscape

March 27, 2013
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Two of the most debated and challenging concepts in urban development are sustainability and resilience. How are they related? Do they mean approximately the same thing or are they distinctly different and can misunderstandings lead to undesired outcomes? In this essay I will try to clarify the concepts, discuss two common misinterpretations and reflect on … Continue reading Urban Sustainability and Resilience—Why We Need to Focus on Scales

October 3, 2012
Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens)

The world is increasingly urban, interconnected, and changing. If current trends continue, by 2050 the global urban population is estimated to double and be around 6.5 billion. Most of future urban growth is expected to happen in small and medium-sized cities, not in megacities, and approximately 60% of the projected total urban area in 2030 … Continue reading Cities and Biodiversity Outlook—Unprecedented Opportunities Lie Ahead in Greening Urban Expansion