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Gunilla Almered Olsson

Professor

Gunilla Almered Olsson
Professor
gunilla.olsson@globalstudies.gu.se
+46 31 786 5475

Room number: C316a
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Seminariegatan 1 , 41313 Göteborg


School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
www.globalstudies.gu.se
globalstudies@gu.se

Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Gunilla Almered Olsson


• Professor in Human Ecology, University of Gothenburg since 2007
• Professor in Environmental Science, University of Karlstad, 2001
• Edberg Honorary Professor at University of Karlstad, 2001 – “for interdisciplinary work bridging natural and social sciences in the context of sustainable development”.
• Associate Professor in Vegetation Science at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim, Norge, 1990
• PhD in Plant Ecology at Lund University, 1984
• Chair of research group Global Sustainability Studies at Global Studies, University of Gothenburg


Academic activities
Gunilla Almered Olsson is external expert evaluator of interdisciplinary environmental research applications in European Union, Sweden and several European countries. She is also an opponent and external examiner for doctoral theses in several universities in Scandinavia. Gunilla is also external referee for appointment to academic positions and referee for around 20 international scientific journals such as AMBIO, Environmental Science & Policy, J. Environmental Management, Land Use Policy, Land Use and Urban Planning, Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology and Biotropica. Since 1994 Gunilla is a member of Swedish Scientific Council for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and since 2014 she is a co-author to global research surveys for Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), issued during 2015.

Research field
Gunilla’s research interests are on human impact on rural and peri-urban ecosystems with focus on land use, food production, agricultural activities and conservation of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystem services within the context of sustainable development. She is project leader and participant in a number of interdisciplinary research projects emphasizing landscape dynamics in relation to land use and socio-economic factors in Europe and Africa: Madagascar, Tanzania and Ivory Coast. Gunilla’s research collaboration with social and humanistic sciences (Archaeology, Environmental History and Geography) has continued since 1984. An example is the mega project The cultural landscape during 6000 in Sweden, (see publication list: Berglund ed.1991) and several EU-project. The projects BioScene EU FRP5; SECOA EU FRP 7; RETHINK EU-ERANET studied agricultural restructuring, effects of agricultural activities on biodiversity and human livelihoods in European mountain regions, cities in coastal regions with climate challenges and sustainable food production in Europe. Research funding has been received from EU research, Norwegian Research Council, NORAD, SIDA, Formas, Vetenskapsrådet, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Nordiskt Kollegium för ekologi and Naturvårdsverket.

Current research projects
Gunilla’s research interests on food systems and food security with direct links to global sustainability issues have increasingly become dominating and several new research projects are under development.
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Current research Project EU-ERANET RETHINK, Rethinking the link between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources,  is on sustainable food production in (14 countries) where the Swedish research group focuses on land use, food production and ecosystem services in peri-urban areas, specifically the Hisingen area in Gothenburg.

The research project Traditional ecological knowledge and community based management of woodland resources in the Xylophone Triangle, Ivory Coast and Mali is on traditional knowledge as a tool for management of biological resources in agri-ecosystems in West Africa. Collaborating partners are Dr S. Ouattara and Prof. S. Dhillion.

Teaching and supervision
Gunilla teaches in PhD and master courses, and a number of basic level courses.
PhD courses: Valuation of resources and environmental conflicts, The political ecology of land use; Global environmental challenges; Conservation biology and Vegetation ecology.
Master courses: Sustainable development: conflicts, communication and collaboration; Adaptation to global change; Theories and concepts in global studies; Sustainable landscapes; Human landscape ecology; Plant ecology and biodiversity.

She is also a supervisor for theses at bachelor, master and PhD levels.
Hitherto she has supervised 11 PhD theses students and 34 master theses at Lund University, NTNU-Trondheim, and at the universities in Antananarivo, Dar es Salaam, Butare, Karlstad and Gothenburg.
 

Latest publications

Peri-Urban Food Production and Its Relation to Urban Resilience
Gunilla Almered Olsson, E. Kerselaers, L. Søderkvist Kristensen, J. Primdahl, E. Rogge et al.
Sustainability, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Revisiting drivers for Environmental Migration in Africa
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Shivcharn Dhillion, Kenneth Hermele, Stefan Permanto, Andreas Godsäter
Deveopment Research Conference 2016. August 22-24, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Stockholm University, VR, Formas, SIDA, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Peri-urban food production - increasing urban resilience and linking urban and rural regions
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Rethinking Sustainability Models and Practices. International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) 22d Conference. Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Proceedings, Lisboa, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Landskap för människor, Hisingen, Göteborg
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Rapport från Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet Seminarier 2015: Stadsnära landskap - konflikter kring nyttjande, Stockholm 28 januari 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Peri-urban agricultural transformations in Gothenburg, Sweden
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Anders Wästfelt
RETHINK Reports at www.rethink-net.eu, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Peri-urban land use tranformations in Gothenburg, Sweden
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Anders Wästfelt
Final Conference of RETHINK - Rethinking the links between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources, Brussels 2 December 2015. , Poster 2015
Poster

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2016

Peri-Urban Food Production and Its Relation to Urban Resilience
Gunilla Almered Olsson, E. Kerselaers, L. Søderkvist Kristensen, J. Primdahl, E. Rogge et al.
Sustainability, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Revisiting drivers for Environmental Migration in Africa
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Shivcharn Dhillion, Kenneth Hermele, Stefan Permanto, Andreas Godsäter
Deveopment Research Conference 2016. August 22-24, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Stockholm University, VR, Formas, SIDA, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Peri-urban food production - increasing urban resilience and linking urban and rural regions
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Rethinking Sustainability Models and Practices. International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) 22d Conference. Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Proceedings, Lisboa, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

2015

Landskap för människor, Hisingen, Göteborg
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Rapport från Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet Seminarier 2015: Stadsnära landskap - konflikter kring nyttjande, Stockholm 28 januari 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Peri-urban agricultural transformations in Gothenburg, Sweden
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Anders Wästfelt
RETHINK Reports at www.rethink-net.eu, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Peri-urban land use tranformations in Gothenburg, Sweden
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Anders Wästfelt
Final Conference of RETHINK - Rethinking the links between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources, Brussels 2 December 2015. , Poster 2015
Poster

Showing 1 - 10 of 85

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