Research presentation

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

Docent of Natural Resource Management

Research subject: Miljövetenskap

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


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).


Scholarly articles, refereed

Colding, J., Wallhagen, M., Sörqvist, P., Marcus, L., Hillman, K., Samuelsson, K. & Barthel, S. (2020). Applying a Systems Perspective on the Notion of the Smart City. Sustainability, 3. 10.3390/smartcities3020022 [More information]
Colding, J., Colding, M. & Barthel, S. (2020). Applying seven resilience principles on the Vision of the Digital City. Cities, 103. 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102761 [More information]
Joanna, S., Barthel, S. & Colding, J. (2020). Countryside within the city : A motivating vision behind civic green area stewardship in Warsaw, Poland. Sustainability, 12 (6). 10.3390/su12062313 [More information]
Colding, J., Giusti, M., Haga, A., Wallhagen, M. & Barthel, S. (2020). Enabling Relationships with Nature in Cities. Sustainability, 12. 10.3390/su12114394 [More information]
Sörqvist, P., Colding, J. & Marsh, J. (2020). Psychological obstacles to the efficacy of environmental footprint tools. Environmental Research Letters. [In press] [More information]
Colding, J., Gren, Å. & Barthel, S. (2020). The Incremental Demise of Urban Green Spaces. Land, 9 (5). 10.3390/land9050162 [More information]
Colding, J., Colding, M. & Barthel, S. (2020). The smart city model : A new panacea for urban sustainability or unmanageable complexity?. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 47 (1), 179-187. 10.1177/2399808318763164 [More 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 [More 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 [More information]
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 [More 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 [More information]
Colding, J., Barthel, S. & Sörqvist, P. (2019). Wicked Problems of Smart Cities. Smart Cities, 2 (4), 512-521. 10.3390/smartcities2040031 [More information]
Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2017). An urban ecology critique on the "Smart City" model. Journal of Cleaner Production, 164, 95-101. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.191 [More information]
Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2017). The Role of University Campuses in Reconnecting Humans to the Biosphere. Sustainability, 9 (12). 10.3390/su9122349 [More information]
Andersson, E., Barthel, S., Borgström, S., Colding, J., Elmqvist, T., Folke, C. & Gren, Å. (2014). Reconnecting Cities to the Biosphere : Stewardship of Green Infrastructure and Urban Ecosystem Services. Ambio, 43 (4), 445-453. 10.1007/s13280-014-0506-y [More information]
Marcus, L. & Colding, J. (2014). Toward an integrated theory of spatial morphology and resilient urban systems. Ecology & society, 19 (4). 10.5751/ES-06939-190455 [More information]
Andersson, E. & Colding, J. (2014). Understanding how built urban form influences biodiversity. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 13 (2), 221-226. 10.1016/j.ufug.2013.11.002 [More information]
Bendt, P., Barthel, S. & Colding, J. (2013). Civic greening and environmental learning in public-access community gardens in Berlin. Landscape and Urban Planning, 109 (1), 18-30. 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2012.10.003 [More information]
Wilkinson, C., Saarne, T., Paterson, G. & Colding, J. (2013). Strategic spatial planning and the ecosystem services concept : An historical exploration. Ecology & society, 18 (1). 10.5751/ES-05368-180137 [More information]
Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2013). The potential of ‘Urban Green Commons’ in the resilience building of cities. Ecological Economics, 86, 156-166. 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.10.016 [More information]
Colding, J., Barthel, S., Bendt, P., Snep, R., van der Knaap, W. & Ernstson, H. (2013). Urban green commons : Insights on urban common property systems. Global Environmental Change, 23 (5), 1039-1051. 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.05.006 [More information]
Wilkinson, C., Porter, L. & Colding, J. (2010). Metropolitan planning and resilience thinking : A practitioner’s perspective. Critical Planning, 17, 2-20. [More information]
Barthel, S., Folke, C. & Colding, J. (2010). Social-ecological memory in urban gardens-Retaining the capacity for management of ecosystem services. Global Environmental Change, 20 (2), 255-265. 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.01.001 [More information]
Colding, J., Lundberg, J., Lundberg, S. & Andersson, E. (2009). Golf courses and wetland fauna. Ecological Applications, 19 (6), 1481-1491. 10.1890/07-2092.1 [More information]
Colding, J. & Folke, C. (2009). The Role of Golf Courses in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management. Ecosystems (New York. Print), 12, 191-206. 10.1007/s10021-008-9217-1 [More information]
Colding, J. (2007). ‘Ecological land-use complementation’ for building resilience in urban ecosystems. Landscape and Urban Planning, 81 (1-2), 46-55. 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2006.10.016 [More information]
Folke, C., Pritchard Jr., L., Berkes, F., Colding, J. & Svedin, U. (2007). The problem of fit between ecosystems and institutions: ten years later. Ecology & society, 12 (1). 10.5751/ES-02064-120130 [More information]
Jansson, Å. & Colding, J. (2007). Tradeoffs between environmental goals and urban development : The case of nitrogen load from the Stockholm county to the Baltic Sea. Ambio, 36 (8), 650-656. 10.1579/0044-7447(2007)36[650:TBEGAU]2.0.CO;2 [More information]
Hougner, C., Colding, J. & Söderqvist, T. (2006). Economic valuation of a seed dispersal service in the Stockholm National Urban Park, Sweden. Ecological Economics, 59 (3), 364-374. 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2005.11.007 [More information]
Colding, J., Lundberg, J. & Folke, C. (2006). Incorporating Green-Area User Groups in Urban Ecosystem Management. Ambio, 35 (5), 237-244. 10.1579/05-A-098R.1 [More information]
Barthel, S., Colding, J., Elmqvist, T. & Folke, C. (2005). History and local management of a biodiversity-rich, urban cultural landscape. Ecology & society, 10 (2). 10.5751/ES-01568-100210 [More information]
Elmqvist, T., Colding, J., Barthel, S., Borgström, S., Duit, A., Lundberg, J., Andersson, E., Ahrné, K., Ernstson, H., Folke, C. & Bengtsson, J. (2004). The Dynamics of Social-Ecological Systems in Urban Landscapes. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1023, 308-322. 10.1196/annals.1319.017 [More information]
Colding, J., Folke, C. & Elmqvist, T. (2003). Social institutions in ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation. Tropical Ecology, 44 (1), 25-41. External link [More information]
Colding, J. & Folke, C. (2001). Social taboos : "Invisible" systems of local resource management and biological conservation. Ecological Applications, 11 (2), 584-600. 10.1890/1051-0761(2001)011[0584:STISOL]2.0.CO;2 [More information]
Colding, J. (2000). Ecologists as the new management elite?. Conservation ecology, 4 (2), XXV-XXVI. 10.5751/ES-00196-040208 [More information]
Berkes, F., Colding, J. & Folke, C. (2000). Rediscovery of Traditional Ecological Knowledge as adaptive management. Ecological Applications, 10 (5), 1251-1262. 10.1890/1051-0761(2000)010[1251:ROTEKA]2.0.CO;2 [More information]
Colding, J. (1998). Analysis of hunting options by the use of general food taboos. Ecological Modelling, 110 (1), 5-17. 10.1016/S0304-3800(98)00038-6 [More information]
Colding, J. & Folke, C. (1997). The relations among threatened species, their protection, and taboos. Ecology & society, 1 (1). External link [More information]

Scholarly articles, non-refereed

Colding, J. (2011). Ekosystem sliter i städer. Miljöforskning : Formas tidning för ett uthålligt samhälle (9). [More information]
Colding, J. (2010). Super: Sustainable urban planning for ecosystem services and resilience. The URBAN-NET Research Anthology, 35-40. External link [More information]
Colding, J. & Folke, C. (2000). The taboo system : Lessons about informal institutions for nature management. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, 12 (2), 413-445. [More information]
Colding, J. & Folke, C. (1999). Comment on Ruttan, L. M. and Borgerhoff Mulder, M. (1999) Are East African Pastoralists Truly Conservationists?. Current Anthropology, 40 (1), 638-639. 10.1086/300086 [More information]

Other articles (popular science, debate etc.)

Barthel, S., Berghauser Pont, M., Colding, J., Gren, Å., Legeby, A. & Marcus, L. (2016). DN Debatt : ”Nytt miljonprogram – unik chans att lösa flera frågor”. Dagens nyheter. [More information]
Colding, J. (2016). Träd i staden minskar luftföroreningar. Svenska dagbladet. [More information]
Watson, T. & Colding, J. (2013). Turtles Flourishing in Golf Course Ponds. National geographic. [More information]
Sjöström, M. & Colding, J. (2012). ”I framtiden måste vi odla i städerna”. Svenska dagbladet. [More information]
Marcus, L., Colding, J., Barthel, S. & Erixon, H. (2012). Utveckla Valhallavägen till Stockholms gröna bredband. Dagens nyheter. [More information]
Barthel, S., Colding, J., Ernstson, H., Grahn, S., Erixon, H., Marcus, L., Kärsten, C. & Torsvall, J. (2011). Chans sätta Stockholm på kartan. Svenska dagbladet. External link [More information]
Colding, J. (2011). Ekosystem sliter i städer. Miljöforskning : Formas tidning för ett uthålligt samhälle (9). [More information]
Baltscheffsky, S. & Colding, J. (2010). Bygget som förstärker naturen. Svenska dagbladet. [More information]
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