Johan Colding

Docent of Natural Resource Management

Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Develompent



Phone: +46 86 73 95 39

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 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

Current research

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).

Latest publications

Gren, Å., Colding, J., Berghauser-Pont, M. & Marcus, L. (2019). How smart is smart growth? : Examining the environmental validation behind city compaction. Ambio, 48 (6), 580-589. 10.1007/s13280-018-1087-y [Mer information]
Samuelsson, K., Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2019). Urban resilience at eye level : spatial analysis of empirically defined experiential landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning, 187, 70-80. 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.03.015 [Mer information]
Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2019). Exploring the social-ecological systems discourse 20 years later. Ecology & society, 24 (1), 423-432. 10.5751/ES-10598-240102 [Mer information]
Holmgren, M., Kabanshi, A., Langeborg, L., Barthel, S., Colding, J., Eriksson, O. & Sörqvist, P. (2019). Deceptive sustainability : Cognitive bias in people's judgment of the benefits of CO<sub>2</sub> emission cuts. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 64, 48-55. 10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.05.005 [Mer information]
Colding, J., Colding, M. & Barthel, S. (2018). The smart city model : A new panacea for urban sustainability or unmanageable complexity?. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. 10.1177/2399808318763164 [Mer information]
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