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Gunilla Almered Olsson

Professor emerita

Gunilla Almered Olsson
Professor emerita
+46 31 786 5475

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

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 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.

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

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

The sustainability paradox and the conflicts on the use of natural resources
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Pernille Gooch
Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainable Development Edited by E. Gunilla Almered Olsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Pernille Gooch, Lund University, Sweden, London, Earthscan from 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

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

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

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

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

Food systems sustainability: For whom and by whom? – An examination of different 'food system change' viewpoints
Gunilla Almered Olsson, Gareth Haysom, Mirek Dymitrow, Kristina Fermskog, Maria Nyström et al.
Development Research Conference 2018: “Rethinking development”, 22–23 August 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Urban food systems as vehicles for sustainability transitions
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, Journal article 2018
Journal article

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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

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

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


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

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

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


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

The use and management of Norwegian mountains reflected in biodiversity values and cultural heritage
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Mountains of Northern Europe: Conservation, Management, People and Nature, ed. by D. B. A. Thompson, F. F. Price and C. A. Galbraith, Edinburgh, TSO Scotland, Chapter in book 2005
Chapter in book

Skådebröd eller levebröd?
Gunilla Almered Olsson
Stockholm, Forskningsrådet Formas, Report 2005

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