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Johan Colding

Johan Colding, docent i naturresurshållning. Bygger upp Urban Studio vid Högskolan i Gävle. Forskar kring hållbar stadsutveckling och smarta städer.

Research presentation

Johan Colding

Professor, Docent of Natural Resource Management

Research subject: Environmental Science

Johan Colding is a research coordinator at HiG Urban Studio - a strategic driven research program on urban sustainability at the University of Gävle. The mission of HiG Urban Studio is to stimulate research on urban sustainability through the integration of socio-technical environmental research with that of research on social-ecological urban design. The program aims to produce world renown research for sustainable urban development with human beings at the centre. Such development needs to be resilient and contained within the planet’s carrying capacity to deliver critical ecological and social services and be based on the recognition that it is individual actions by people, governments, NGOs and firms that will drive the change towards sustainability. The HiG Urban Studio will thus strive to translate interdisciplinary based urban research into trans-disciplinary collaborations and co-creation projects with actors outside academia. The research in HiG Urban Studio is financed by core means from the University of Gävle as well as by external research grants.

Johan is also director of the program Urban Social-Ecological Systems at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, which is an international research institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences http://www.beijer.kva.se. He also acts as co-theme leader of urban research at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, which is an international centre of excellence for resilience and sustainability science. The centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute http://www.stockholmresilience.org.


Analysing city-densification from an ecological resilience perspective. Project leader: Johan Colding. Funder: FORMAS / The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. 3-year grant (2018-2020).

Analyzing the environmental rationales for city compaction in the Stockholm region. Project leader: Johan Colding. Funder: The Stockholm County Council and S.U. Hälsa, trafik, kultur och regionplanering (Health, traffic, culture and regional planning). 3-year grant (2017-2019).



Folke, C., Pritchard, L., Berkes, F., Colding, J. & Svedin, U. (1998). The Problem of Fit Between Ecosystems and Institutions. International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). (IHDP Working Paper 2) [More information]
Folke, C., Carpenter, S., Elmqvist, T., Gunderson, L., Holling, C., Walker, B., Bengtsson, J., Colding, J., Gordon, L., Kautsky, N., Kinzig, A., Mäler, K., Ohlsson, L., Olsson, P., Rockström, J. & Savenije, H. (2002). Resilience and Sustainable Development: Building Adaptive Capacity in a World of Transformations. : <em></em>Report for the Swedish Environmental Advisory Council 2002:1. , also published in. Ministry of the Environment, Stockholm. (ICSU Series on Science for Sustainable Development 2002:3) [More information]
Colding, J. (2003). Scenarios for the Stockholm National Urban Park and surroundings. MA Sub-global working group report. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 22 p. [More information]
Colding, J., Elmqvist, T., Lundberg, J., Ahrné, K., Andersson, E., Barthel, S., Borgström, S., Duit, A., Erntsson, H. & Tengö, M. (2003). The Stockholm Urban Assessment (SUA-Sweden). The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Sub-global summary report. The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden. 28 p. (Beijer Discussion Paper Series 82) [More information]
Bennet, E., Colding, J., Mala, M., Agard, J., Petcshel-Held, G., Kok, K., Eramus, L., Veldkamp, T., Ramsay, C., Gokhale, Y., Zureks, M., Filer, C. & Velarde, S. (2005). Scenarios in sub-global regional assessment. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Sub-Global Assessment Report on Scenarios : Chapter 9. [More information]
Colding, J. & Lundberg, S. (2009). Golfbanan som våtmarksresurs : Manual för att främja biologisk mångfald i dammar och småvatten på golfbanan. The Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation (STERF). [More information]
Marcus, L., Barthel, S., Colding, J., Erixon, H., Ernstson, H., Grahn, S., Torsvall, J. & Kärsten, C. (2010). Q-book Albano 4 : Sustainability. Akademiska hus. 76 p. External link [More information]
Barthel, S., Colding, J. & Ernstson, H. (2010). QBook4-Hållbarhet: Albano Resilient Campus. Stockholm: Akademiska hus. [More information]
Colding, J., Marcus, L., Barthel, S., Andersson, E., Jansson, Å. & Borgström, S. (2012). När, vad och hur? Gröna svaga samband i Stockholms gröna kilar. Stockholms Läns Landsting. [More information]
Colding, J., Marcus, L., Barthel, S., Andersson, E., Gren, Å. & Borgström, S. (2013). Ekosystemtjänster i Stockholmsregionen : Ett underlag för diskussion och planering. Tillväxt, miljö och regionplanering (TMR). 75 p. (Tillväxt, miljö och regionplanering 2013:3) External link [More information]
Marcus, L., Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2015). Pre-study report for development of a Stockholm node within Mistra Urban Futures. [More information]
Colding, J. (2015). Sju perspektiv på hållbar utveckling. Region Stockholm. 8 p. [More information]
Colding, J., Barthel, S., Andersson, E. & Schewenius, M. (2016). Inventory Report Live Baltic Campus. Central Baltic Interreg. [More information]
Barthel, S., Colding, J., Schewenius, M. & Andersson, E. (2016). The Participatory design process that lead to the vision of Campus Albano : Live Baltic Science Report. Central Baltic Interreg. [More information]
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