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Stephan Barhel

Professor, docent in Geospatial Information Science

Research subject: Environmental Science


About the researcher

Professor Stephan Barthel leads challenge driven research programs on green cities and on the role that civil society play in a fair climate transformation. He actively integrate scholars with different knowledge systems in co-creation to strengthen the resilience of socio-ecological functions in the outdoor environment in urban landscapes during a transformation towards a fossil-free future. Furthermore he has the mission to translate academic research into trans-disciplinary collaborations and co-creation projects with actors outside academia.


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  • Nilsson, C., Levin, T., Colding, J., Sjöberg, S. & Barthel, S. (2024). Navigating complexity with the four pillars of social sustainability. Wiley, 10.1002/sd.2982 [More information]

  • Raghunatha, A., Thollander, P. & Barthel, S. (2023). Addressing the emergence of drones – A policy development framework for regional drone transportation systems. Elsevier, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 18 (), 10.1016/j.trip.2023.100795 [More information]

  • Pan, H., Page, J., Shi, R., Cong, C., Cai, Z., Barthel, S., Thollander, P., Colding, J. & Kalantari, Z. (2023). Contribution of prioritized urban nature-based solutions allocation to carbon neutrality. Springer, Nature Climate Change, 13 (), (862-870). 10.1038/s41558-023-01737-x [More information]

  • Chen, T., Horsdal, H., Samuelsson, K., Closter, A., Davies, M., Barthel, S., Pedersen, C., Prishchepov, A. & Sabel, C. (2023). Higher depression risks in medium- than in high-density urban form across Denmark. AAAS, Science Advances, 9 (21), 10.1126/sciadv.adf3760 [More information]

  • Cong, C., Pan, H., Page, J., Barthel, S. & Kalantari, Z. (2023). Modeling place-based nature-based solutions to promote urban carbon neutrality. Springer, Ambio, 52 (), (1297-1313). 10.1007/s13280-023-01872-x [More information]

  • Levin, T., Sjöberg, S., Jiang, B. & Barthel, S. (2023). Social Sustainability and Alexander’s Living Structure Through a New Kind of City Science. Cogitatio, Urban Planning, 8 (3), (224-234). 10.17645/up.v8i3.6841 [More information]

  • Fagerholm, N., Samuelsson, K., Eilola, S., Giusti, M., Hasanzadeh, K., Kajosaari, A., Koch, D., Korpilo, S., Kyttä, M., Legeby, A., Liu, Y., Præstholm, S., Raymond, C., Rinne, T., Stahl Olafsson, A. & Barthel, S. (2022). Analysis of pandemic outdoor recreation and green infrastructure in Nordic cities to enhance urban resilience. Springer Nature, npj Urban Sustainability, 2 (1), 10.1038/s42949-022-00068-8 [More information]

  • Berghauser Pont, M., Barthel, S., Colding, J., Gren, Å., Legeby, A. & Marcus, L. (2022). Editorial: Social-ecological urbanism: Developing discourse, institutions and urban form for the design of resilient social-ecological systems in cities. Frontiers, Frontiers in Built Environment, 8 (), 10.3389/fbuil.2022.982681 [More information]

  • Colding, J., Samuelsson, K., Marcus, L., Gren, Å., Legeby, A., Berghauser Pont, M. & Barthel, S. (2022). Frontiers in Social–Ecological Urbanism. MDPI, Land, 11 (6), 10.3390/land11060929 [More information]

  • Linder, N., Giusti, M., Samuelsson, K. & Barthel, S. (2022). Pro-environmental habits. Springer, Ambio, 51 (), (546-556). 10.1007/s13280-021-01619-6 [More information]

  • Andersson, E., Grimm, N., Lewis, J., Redman, C., Barthel, S., Colding, J. & Elmqvist, T. (2022). Urban climate resilience through hybrid infrastructure. Elsevier, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 55 (), 10.1016/j.cosust.2022.101158 [More information]

  • Colding, J., Barthel, S., Ljung, R., Eriksson, F. & Sjöberg, S. (2022). Urban commons and collective action to address climate change. Cogitatio, Social Inclusion, 10 (1), (103-114). 10.17645/si.v10i1.4862 [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Colding, J., Hiswåls, A., Thalén, P. & Turunen, P. (2022). Urban green commons for socially sustainable cities and communities. Taylor & Francis, Nordic Social Work Research, 12 (2), (310-322). 10.1080/2156857x.2021.1947876 [More information]

  • Raymond, C., Kaaronen, R., Giusti, M., Linder, N. & Barthel, S. (2021). Engaging with the pragmatics of relational thinking, leverage points and transformations –Reply to West et al.. Taylor & Francis, Ecosystems and People, 17 (1), (1-5). 10.1080/26395916.2020.1867645 [More information]

  • Pan, H., Page, J., Cong, C., Barthel, S. & Kalantari, Z. (2021). How ecosystems services drive urban growth. Elsevier, Anthropocene, 35 (), 10.1016/j.ancene.2021.100297 [More information]

  • Linder, N., Rosenthal, S., Sörqvist, P. & Barthel, S. (2021). Internal and external factor's influence on recycling. Frontiers, Frontiers in Psychology, 12 (), 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.699410 [More information]

  • Brandt, S., Lim, N., Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2021). Mapping Flood Risk Uncertainty Zones in Support of Urban Resilience Planning. Cogitatio, Urban Planning, 6 (3), (258-271). 10.17645/up.v6i3.4073 [More information]

  • Samuelsson, K., Chen, T., Antonsen, S., Brandt, S., Sabel, C. & Barthel, S. (2021). Residential environments across Denmark have become both denser and greener over 20 years. IOP, Environmental Research Letters, 16 (1), 10.1088/1748-9326/abcf7a [More information]

  • Samuelsson, K., Barthel, S., Giusti, M. & Hartig, T. (2021). Visiting nearby natural settings supported wellbeing during Sweden's "soft-touch" pandemic restrictions. Elsevier, Landscape and Urban Planning, 214 (), 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2021.104176 [More information]

  • 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. MDPI, Sustainability, 3 (2), 10.3390/smartcities3020022 [More information]

  • Colding, J., Colding, M. & Barthel, S. (2020). Applying seven resilience principles on the Vision of the Digital City. Elsevier, Cities, 103 (), 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102761 [More information]

  • Joanna, S., Barthel, S. & Colding, J. (2020). Countryside within the city. MDPI, 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. MDPI, Sustainability, 12 (), 10.3390/su12114394 [More information]

  • Colding, J., Barthel, S. & Samuelsson, K. (2020). Supporting bottom-up human agency for adapting to climate change. CellPress, One Earth, 3 (4), (392-395). 10.1016/j.oneear.2020.09.005 [More information]

  • Colding, J., Gren, Å. & Barthel, S. (2020). The Incremental Demise of Urban Green Spaces. MDPI, Land, 9 (5), 10.3390/land9050162 [More information]

  • Colding, J., Colding, M. & Barthel, S. (2020). The smart city model. Sage, Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 47 (1), (179-187). [More information]

  • Marcus, L., Berghauser-Pont, M. & Barthel, S. (2020). Towards a socio-ecological spatial morphology. International Seminar on Urban Form, Urban morphology, 24 (1), (21-34). [More information]

  • Holmgren, M., Kabanshi, A., Langeborg, L., Barthel, S., Colding, J., Eriksson, O. & Sörqvist, P. (2019). Deceptive sustainability. Elsevier, 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. Resilience Alliance, Ecology & Society, 24 (1), (423-432). 10.5751/ES-10598-240102 [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Isendahl, C., Vis, B., Drescher, A., Evans, D. & van Timmeren, A. (2019). Global urbanization and food production in direct competition for land. The Anthropocene Review, 6 (1-2), (71-97). [More information]

  • Marcus, L., Pont, M. & Barthel, S. (2019). Towards a socio-ecological spatial morphology. International Seminar on Urban Form, Urban morphology, 23 (2), (115-124). [More information]

  • Samuelsson, K., Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2019). Urban resilience at eye level. 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. MDPI, Smart Cities, 2 (4), (512-521). 10.3390/smartcities2040031 [More information]

  • Raymond, C., Giusti, M. & Barthel, S. (2018). An embodied perspective on the co-production of cultural ecosystem services. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 61 (5/6), (778-799). [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Belton, S., Raymond, C. & Giusti, M. (2018). Fostering Children’s Connection to Nature Through Authentic Situations. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (), 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00928 [More information]

  • Cilliers, S., Siebert, S. & Barthel, S. (2018). Garden ecosystem services of Sub-Saharan Africa and the role of health clinic gardens as social-ecological systems. Landscape and Urban Planning, 180 (), (294-307). [More information]

  • Samuelsson, K., Giusti, M., Peterson, G., Legeby, A., Brandt, S. & Barthel, S. (2018). Impact of environment on people’s everyday experiences in Stockholm. Landscape and Urban Planning, 171 (), (7-17). 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.11.009 [More information]

  • Langemeyer, J., Camps-Calvet, M., Calvet-Mir, L., Barthel, S. & Gomez Beggethun, E. (2018). Stewardship of urban ecosystem services. Landscape and Urban Planning, 170 (), (78-89). [More information]

  • Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2017). An urban ecology critique on the "Smart City" model. Elsevier Ltd, Journal of Cleaner Production, 164 (), (95-101). [More information]

  • Bren d'Amour, C., Reitsma, F., Baiocchi, G., Barthel, S., Güneralp, B., Erb, K., Haberl, H., Creutzig, F. & Seto, K. (2017). Future urban land expansion and implications for global croplands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (34), (8939-8944). [More information]

  • Ives, C., Giusti, M., Fischer, J., Abson, D., Klaniecki, K., Dorninger, C., Laudan, J., Barthel, S., Abernethy, P., Martín-López, B., Raymond, C., Kendal, D. & von Wehrden, H. (2017). Human–nature connection. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 26-27 (), (106-113). [More information]

  • Gordon, L., Crona, B., Henriksson, P., van Holt, T., Jonell, M., Lindahl, T., Troell, M., Barthel, S., Deutsch, L., Folke, C., Haider, L., Rockström, J. & Queiroz, C. (2017). Rewiring food systems to enhance human health and biosphere stewardship.. Environmental Research Letters, 12 (10), 10.1088/1748-9326/aa81dc [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]

  • Marcus, L., Giusti, M. & Barthel, S. (2016). Cognitive affordances in sustainable urbanism. Journal of Urban Design, 21 (4), (439-452). [More information]

  • Andersson, E. & Barthel, S. (2016). Memory carriers and stewardship of metropolitan landscapes. Ecological Indicators, 70 (), (606-614). [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Parker, J. & Ernstson, H. (2015). Food and Green Space in Cities. Urban Studies, 52 (7), (1321-1338). [More information]

  • Jongerden, J., Swagemakers, P. & Barthel, S. (2014). Connective storylines. Spanish journal of rural development, 5 (1 (Extra)), (7-18). [More information]

  • Giusti, M., Barthel, S. & Marcus, L. (2014). Nature Routines and Affinity with the Biosphere. Children, Youth and Environments, 24 (3), (16-42). [More information]

  • Andersson, E., Barthel, S., Borgström, S., Colding, J., Elmqvist, T., Folke, C. & Gren, Å. (2014). Reconnecting Cities to the Biosphere. Springer, Ambio, 43 (4), (445-453). 10.1007/s13280-014-0506-y [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Crumley, C. & Svedin, U. (2013). Biocultural Refugia. Ecology & Society, 18 (4), 10.5751/ES-06207-180471 [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). [More information]

  • Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2013). The potential of ‘Urban Green Commons’ in the resilience building of cities. Elsevier, Ecological Economics, 86 (), (156-166). [More information]

  • Barthel, S. & Isendahl, C. (2013). Urban gardens, agriculture, and water management. Elsevier, Ecological Economics, 86 (), (224-234). [More information]

  • Colding, J., Barthel, S., Bendt, P., Snep, R., van der Knaap, W. & Ernstson, H. (2013). Urban green commons. Global Environmental Change, 23 (5), (1039-1051). [More information]

  • Ernstson, H., Barthel, S., Andersson, E. & Borgström, S. (2010). Scale-Crossing Brokers and Network Governance of Urban Ecosystem Services. Ecology & Society, 15 (4), 10.5751/ES-03692-150428 [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Folke, C. & Colding, J. (2010). Social-ecological memory in urban gardens-Retaining the capacity for management of ecosystem services. Elsevier, Global Environmental Change, 20 (2), (255-265). [More information]

  • Andersson, E., Barthel, S. & Ahrné, K. (2007). Measuring social – ecological dynamics behind the generation of ecosystem services. Ecological Applications, 17 (5), (1267-1278). [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Colding, J., Elmqvist, T. & Folke, C. (2005). History and local management of a biodiversity-rich, urban cultural landscape. The Resilience Alliance, 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). [More information]

Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)

  • Barthel, S., Berghauser Pont, M., Colding, J., Gren, Å., Legeby, A. & Marcus, L. (2016). DN Debatt. Dagens nyheter, [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Berghauser-Pont, M., Colding, J., Gren, Å., Legeby, A. & Marcus, L. (2016). Miljonprogram - unik chans att lösa flera frågor. [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Berghauser-Pont, M., Colding, J., Gren, Å., Legeby, A. & Marcus, L. (2016). Nytt miljonprogram - unik chans att lösa flera frågor. Dagens Nyheter, (25-apr), [More information]

  • Barthel, S. (2016). Social-Ecological Urbanism and the Life of Baltic Cities. The Nature of Cities, 2016 (), [More information]

  • Marcus, L., Colding, J., Barthel, S. & Erixon, H. (2012). Utveckla Valhallavägen till Stockholms gröna bredband. [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Colding, J., Ernstson, H., Grahn, S., Erixon, H., Marcus, L., Kärsten, C. & Torsvall, J. (2011). Chans sätta Stockholm på kartan. [More information]

  • Barthel, S. (2010). Framtidens Albano. Universitetsnytt, (6 dec.), (18-19). [More information]

Other academic

  • Thorsvall, J., Kärsten, C. & Barthel, S. (2012). Laboratoriestaden. Arkitektur Förlag AB, Arkitektur, (2), (64-69). [More information]


  • Barthel, S., Folke, C., Elmqvist, T., Colding, J., Olsson, P. & Stoll-Kleemann, S. (2008). Recalling Urban Nature : Linking City People to Ecosystem Services. Diss. (sammanfattning), 2008. Stockholm: Systemekologiska institutionen. 33 s. ( ) Länk [More information]

Conference papers

  • Pan, H., Page, J., Kalantari, Z. & Barthel, S. (2021). Promoting strategic Nature-based Solutions (NBS) by understanding ecosystem services as a driving factor for urban growth. Länk [More information]

  • Ong, T., Lin, B., Philott, S., Barthel, S. & Levin, S. (2019). A model for growing and shrinking cities : Urban gardens as a bridge. Länk [More information]


    Colding, J., Sjöberg, S., Barthel, S., Svensson-Wiklander, M., Rex, A., Andersson, P. & Nordin, K. (2023). Rättviseperspektiv på digitaliseringens roll för omställning mot ett fossilfritt Sverige : Kunskapsunderlag. : . s 6 [More information]

    Barthel, S. (2021). Potentialer inom styrkeområdet Smarta Hållbara Städer och Samhällen : . Region Gävleborg: . s 26 More information [More information]

    Schewenius, M., Erixon-Aalto, H., Rawaf, R., Barthel, S., Colding, J. & Andersson, E. (2017). Science Report: Campus Albano : On integrated planning and social-ecological urban design. : . s 40 [More information]

    Barthel, S., Colding, J., Andersson, E. & Schewenius, M. (2016). Campus Albano, Stockholm - Creating a social-ecological ‘best practices’ campus area in the Baltic region for supporting learning, innovation, and sense of community : In Live Baltic Campus: Inventory Reports. : . s 16 More information [More information]

    Colding, J., Barthel, S., Andersson, E. & Schewenius, M. (2016). Inventory Report Live Baltic Campus : . : Central Baltic Interreg [More information]

    Samuelsson, K. & Barthel, S. (2016). Social-ekologisk stadsbyggnad : perspektiv på urban resiliens och hållbar utveckling. Gävle: Högskolan i Gävle. s 9 More information [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]

    Marcus, L., Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2015). Pre-study report for development of a Stockholm node within Mistra Urban Futures : . : [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). s 75. (Tillväxt, miljö och regionplanering 2013:3) More information [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. s 76 More information [More information]

    Barthel, S., Colding, J. & Ernstson, H. (2010). QBook4-Hållbarhet: Albano Resilient Campus : . Stockholm: Akademiska hus [More information]

Chapters in books

  • Hahn, T. & Barthel, S. (2023). Förord. FAIRTRANS Årsrapport 2021-2022. FAIRTRANS. [More information]

  • Colding, J., Marcus, L. & Barthel, S. (2021). Promoting Partnership between Urban Design and Urban Ecology through Social-Ecological Resilience Building. <em>Urban Transition - Perspectives on Urban Systems and Environments</em>. InTech. [More information]

  • Isendahl, C., Smith, M., Stark, M., Sulas, F. & Barthel, S. (2020). Urban Ecology in the Ancient Tropics. The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology. London, Routledge. S. 13-23. [More information]

  • Isendahl, C. & Barthel, S. (2018). Archeology, history, and urban food security. Routledge Handbook of Landscapes and Food. New York, Routledge. S. 61-73. [More information]

  • Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2017). Resilience and Sustainable Development. Dreams and Seeds : The role of campuses in sustainable urban development. Stockholm, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. S. 28-29. [More information]

  • Schewenius, M., Colding, J. & Barthel, S. (2017). Social-Ecological Integrated Planning and Design. Dreams and Seeds : The role of campuses in sustainable urban development. Stockholm, Stockholm Resilience Centre; Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. S. 47-49. [More information]

  • Sinclair, P., Isendahl, C. & Barthel, S. (2016). Beyond Rhetoric. Oxford University Press. [More information]

  • Andersson, E., Barthel, S., Borgström, S., Colding, J., Elmqvist, T., Folke, C. & Gren, A. (2016). Reconnecting cities to the biosphere. Sustainable Cities: Urban Planning Challenges and Policy. CRC Press. S. 29-45. [More information]

  • Barthel, S. (2014). Resilience. Oxford, Blackwell Publishing. [More information]

  • Barthel, S., Parker, J., Folke, C. & Colding, J. (2014). Urban gardens. Greening in the Red Zone : Disaster, Resilience, and Community Greening Part II. Dordrecht, Springer Netherlands. S. 145-158. [More information]

  • Elmqvist, T., Redman, C., Barthel, S. & Costanza, R. (2013). History of Urbanization and the Missing Ecology. Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities : A Global Assessment. Dordrecht, Springer. S. 13-30. [More information]

  • Sörlin, S., Barthel, S. & Ljungkvist, J. (2010). Innovative Memory and Resilient Cities. Uppsala, Uppsala University: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. [More information]

  • Ljungkvist, J., Barthel, S., Finnveden, G. & Sörlin, S. (2010). The Urban Anthropocene. The Urban Mind : Cultural and Environmental Dynamics. Uppsala, Uppsala University: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. S. 367-390. [More information]

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