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Gunilla Almered Olsson

Professor emerita

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

Room number: C316b
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg


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Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
www.globalstudies.gu.se
globalstudies@gu.se
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Gunilla Almered Olsson

Professor in Human Ecology, University of Gothenburg since 2007. Guest Professor in Environmental Science, University of Karlstad, 2001-2003, and at the same university, Edberg Professor, 2001, ”Honorary Professor for interdisciplinary research bridging Social and Natural Sciences within the context of sustainable development and management of natural resources”. During 17 years I worked as Associate Professor in Plant and Landscape Ecology at Norwegian University for Science and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, 1990-2007. PhD in Plant Ecology in 1984 at Lund University, Sweden.
During 1989-2001 I also worked for Swedish governmental authorities and for United Nation Environmental Program, (UNEP), in Nairobi, on biological diversity and agricultural landscapes. Since its establishment in 1994 I am a member of Swedish Scientific Council of Biological Diversity with focus on the themes Sustainable Use, Agricultural landscapes and Traditional knowledge. I am a lead author to the research assessment of biological diversity and ecosystem services for United Nations Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued during 2018-19.


Research area
My research interest is on human impact on rural and peri-urban ecosystems with a focus on land use, agricultural activities and food production while maintaining biological diversity and natural resources in a sustainability perspective.
I have led and participated in a number of interdisciplinary research projects with this theme, in Europe and Africa, i.e. Madagascar, Uganda, Tanzania and Ivory Coast. .My interdisciplinary research collaboration (ecology, archeology, environmental history, geography) has continued since 1984. Examples are the mega research project The cultural landscape during 6000 in Sweden and several EU-projects. The projects BioScene EU FRP5; SECOA EU FRP 7 investigated structural changes in European agriculture and its impact on biodiversity and landscapes and on human livelihoods and economy, in mountain regions as well as in coastal city regions with climate change challenges,
The 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 Europe (14 countries) where my group focuses on peri-urban land use, food production in peri-urban Hisingen, Gothenburg.

Academic activities
Lecturing, teaching and supervision at all academic levels, over time with more focus on sustainaility issues on food systems, climate change and use of natural resources. Examples of such PhD- and master courses: Valuation of resources and environmental conflicts, The political ecology of land use; Global environmental challenges; Sustainability opportunities – Nexus of food, energy and climate; Sustainable development, conflicts, communication and collaboration. Supervision of 12 PhD- and 40 master students at Lund University, NTNU-Trondheim, universities in Antananarivo, Dar es Salaam, Butare, Karlstad and Gothenburg.
I am external examinator for PhDdegrees in a number of universities in Scandinavia, external expert evaluator for academic positions and interdisciplinary research proposals for European Union, Sweden, Norway and for European environmental research centers; referee for 15 international scientific journals.


Present work

Present research and activism is on food systems and food security bridging the rift between urban and rural regions with direct links to global sustainability issues and to transition movement. Here is included the climate challenge, sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity, equity dimensions and global solidarity. I work within the transdisciplinary research platform Mistra Urban Futures and collaborate with researchers in Cape Town, South Africa, Kisumu, Kenya and Sheffield-Manchester, UK. The food system challenges lead the way to sustainability transition. I am initiator and chair of the network Urban Food – linking food system activities in research, management and practice in the Gothenburg Region. Within the Transition movement I work in the local network Transition-Kungälv where my focus is on climate and food system issues.
 

Another core interest for me is the theme of human-nature, on use of ecosystems, responsibility, management, equity and values. This value loaded theme is directly related to food production, climate and transition to a sustainable future. I participate in the media debate on those issues by articles in newspapers and popular scientific talks. Member of advisory expert panel for SwedishSociety for Conservation of Nature.

 

Major publications

Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainable Development
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Pernille Gooch
London, Earthscan from Routledge, 2019

The shaping of food landscapes from the Neolithic to Industrial period: changing agro-ecosystems between three agrarian revolutions
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Zeunert J. & Waterman T. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, London and New York, Routledge , 2018

Latest publications

The sustainability paradox and the conflicts on the use of natural resources
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Pernille Gooch
Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainable Development. Gunilla Almered Olsson, Pernille Gooch (red.), London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

The transformative potential of the food system concept: Sustainability conflicts or sustainability transitions?
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainable Development. E.G.A. Olsson; P. Gooch (red.), London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

What is meaningful collaboration? Reflections from work on food systems and urban regeneration
Warren Smit, Per-Arne Nilsson, Joakim Nordqvist, Monika Månsson, Gunilla Almered Olsson et al.
4th Mistra Urban Futures Annual International Conference: “Lessons, Impacts and Outcomes”, Cutler’s Hall, 14–18 October 2019, Sheffield, UK, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Natural Resource Conflicts in the Capitalocene
P. Gooch, Anders Burman, Gunilla Almered Olsson
Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainable Development, London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainable Development
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Pernille Gooch
London, Earthscan from Routledge, Edited book 2019
Edited book

Food systems sustainability: An examination of different viewpoints on food system change
Gareth Haysom, Gunilla Almered Olsson, Mirek Dymitrow, Paul Opiyo, Nick Taylor Buck et al.
Sustainability, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Helhetssyn på hållbarhet i matdebatten är livsviktigt
Gunilla Almered Olsson
GöteborgsPosten 28 februari 2019, Newspaper article 2019
Newspaper article

Köttdiskussionen på tomgång leder helt fel
Gunilla Almered Olsson
ETC 8 juli 2018, Newspaper article 2018
Newspaper article

City–Region Food Systems: Scenarios to re-establish urban-rural links through sustainable food provisioning
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Anders Burman, Mirek Dymitrow, John Armbrecht, Chiara Rinaldi et al.
Tomorrow’s Food Travel (TFT) conference, Centre for Tourism – University of Gothenburg, 8–10 October 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Major publications

Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainable Development
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Pernille Gooch
London, Earthscan from Routledge, 2019

The shaping of food landscapes from the Neolithic to Industrial period: changing agro-ecosystems between three agrarian revolutions
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Zeunert J. & Waterman T. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, London and New York, Routledge , 2018

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2009

Agribusiness and Green power - the benefits for whom? A case study from Tanzania.
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Wilhelm Östberg
World Congress on Environmental History, Abstract volume. Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-8 August 2009., Conference paper 2009
Conference paper

2008

Skogspolitiken hotar biologiska mångfalden
B. G. Jonsson, Linda Laikre, Frank Götmark, Nils Ryman, Gunilla Almered Olsson et al.
Dagens Nyheter, Magazine article 2008
Magazine article

2007

Seasonality in European mountain areas - a study in human ecology
Robert A. Dodgshon, Gunilla Almered Olsson
eds. H. Palang, H. Sooväli and A. Printsmann. Seasonal Landscapes, Springer Netherlands, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

Renegotiating food production and landscape values
Gunilla Almered Olsson, M. Widgren
Conference abstract volume, EcoSummit Conference Bejing, China, May 2007, Conference paper 2007
Conference paper

Can biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes be separated from cultural context and historical land use?
Gunilla Almered Olsson, P. Thorvaldsen
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Journal article 2007
Journal article

2006

The interrelationship of biodiversity and rural viability in mountain environments
Gunilla Almered Olsson, K. Rønningen, S. K. Hanssen, S. Wehn
Conference abstract. Social sciences in resource managament: Global challenges and local responses. Vancouver June 3-8, 2006. , Conference contribution 2006
Conference contribution

The eider conservation paradox in Tautra
Gunilla Almered Olsson, P. Thorvaldsen
Environmental Science & Policy, Journal article 2006
Journal article

Heather moorland in the Scottish Highlands
Gunilla Almered Olsson, R. A. Dodgshon
Journal of Historical Geography, Journal article 2006
Journal article

2005

From waste of time to useful tool
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Conference abstract for BioScene international confeence on Biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development in mountian areas of Europe, Ioannina, Greece, Sep, 2005. , Conference contribution 2005
Conference contribution

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