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Thomas Elmqvist

Thomas Elmqvist

Professor, Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University

Stockholm Resilience Center
Stockholm University

Titles

  • Professor, Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University

Biography

Thomas Elmqvist’s research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, urbanization, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social institutions.

He coordinated a major urban research project in metropolitan Stockholm which was part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, he was coordinating lead author in the The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project, the study leader of the UN project “Cities and Biodiversity Outlook,” and leading several large European projects on urban social-ecological systems. He is also a principal investigator of multidisciplinary projects in Madagascar and South Africa.

Elmqvist serves as associate editor for the journals Ecology and Society, Conservation and Society, Ecosystem Services, and Sustainability Science. He has led the Cities and Biodiversity project, is currently leading the Future Earth project "What is Urban" and he is part of the scoping expert group on regional and subregional assessments for IPBES.

Journal Articles

2017

Elmqvist, T., E. Andersson, O. Gaffney and P. T. McPhearson. 2017. Sustainability and resilience differ. Nature 546:352. DOI: 10.1038/546352d. (link )

2016

Kremer, P., Z. Hamstead, D. Haase, P. T. McPhearson, N. Frantzeskaki, E. Andersson, N. Kabisch, N. Larondelle, E. L. Rall, A. Voigt, F. Baro, C. Bertram, E. Gomez-Baggethun, R. Hansen, A. Kaczorowska, J. Kain, J. Kronenberg, J. Langemeyer, S. Pauleit, K. Rehdanz, M. Schewenius, C. van Ham, D. Wurster and T. Elmqvist. 2016. Key insights for the future of urban ecosystem services research. Ecology and Society 21(2):29. DOI: 10.5751/ES-08445-210229. (link )

McPhearson, P. T., S. Parnell, D. Simon, O. Gaffney, T. Elmqvist, X. Bai, D. Roberts and A. Revi. 2016. Scientists must have a say in the future of cities. Nature 538(7624):165-166. DOI: 10.1038/538165a.

McPhearson, P. T., S. T. Pickett, N. B. Grimm, J. Niemala, M. Alberti, T. Elmqvist, C. Weber, D. Haase, J. Breuste and S. Qureshi. 2016. Advancing urban ecology toward a science of cities. BioScience 66(3):198-212. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw002. (link )

2010

Ernstson, H., S. E. van der Leeuw, C. L. Redman, D. J. Meffert, G. P. Davis, C. Alfsen and T. Elmqvist. 2010. Urban transitions: On urban resilience and human-dominated ecosystems. Ambio 39(8):531-545. (link )

2006

Janssen, M. A., O. Bodin, J. M. Anderies, T. Elmqvist, H. Ernstson, R. McAllister, P. Olsson and P. Ryan. 2006. Toward a network perspective of the study of resilience in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 11(1):Art. 15. (link )

Kinzig, A. P., P. Ryan, M. Etienne, T. Elmqvist, H. Allison and B. Walker. 2006. Resilience and regime shifts: Assessing cascading effects. Ecology and Society 11(1):Art. 20. (link )

Books

2018

Elmqvist, T., X. Bai, N. Frantzeskaki, C. Griffith, D. Maddox, P. T. McPhearson, S. Parnell, P. Romero-Lankao, D. Simon and M. Watkins eds. 2018. Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781316647554.

2011

Niemela, J., J. H. Brueste, T. Elmqvist, G. Gutenspergen, P. James and N. E. McIntyre eds. 2011. Urban Ecology: Patterns, Processes, and Applications. Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

2018

Bai, X., T. Elmqvist, N. Frantzeskaki, P. T. McPhearson, D. Simon, D. Maddox, M. Watkins, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Parnell, C. Griffith and D. Roberts. 2018. Synthesis: New integrated urban knowledge for the cities we want. Pp. 462 Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781316647554.

Parnell, S., T. Elmqvist, P. T. McPhearson, H. Nagendra and S. Sorlin. 2018. Introduction: Situating knowledge and action for an urban planet. Pp. 1-16 Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107196933.

2013

Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B. Guneralp, P. J. Marcotullio, R. I. McDonald, S. Parnell, M. Schewenius, M. Sendstad, K. C. Seto, C. Wilkinson, M. Alberti, C. Folke, N. Frantzeskaki, D. Haase, M. V. Katti, H. Nagendra, J. Niemela, S. T. Pickett, C. L. Redman and K. Tidball. 2013. Stewardship of the biosphere in the urban era. Pp. 719-746 Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer Netherlands.

Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, B. Guneralp, R. McDonald, P. J. Marcotullio, S. Parnell, K. C. Seto, M. Sendstad, C. Wilkinson, M. Alberti, C. Folke, J. Goodness, D. Haase, M. V. Katti, J. Niemela, H. Nagendra, M. Schewenius, K. Tidball, S. T. Pickett and C. L. Redman. 2013. Stewardship of the biosphere in the urban era. Pp. 719-746 In: Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B. Guneralp and P. J. Marcotullio eds., Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer. ISBN: 978-94-007-7087-4.

Elmqvist, T., C. L. Redman, S. Barthel and R. Costanza. 2013. History of Urbanization and the Missing Ecology. Pp. 13-30 Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer Netherlands.

Elmqvist, T., C. L. Redman, S. Barthel, R. Costanza, R. I. McDonald, S. Parnall, M. Sendstad, M. Schewenius, K. C. Seto and C. Wilkinson. 2013. History of urbanization and the missing ecology. Pp. 13-30 In: Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B. Guneralp and P. J. Marcotullio eds., Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer. ISBN: 978-94-007-7087-4.

2011

Niemela, J., J. Breuste, T. Elmqvist, G. Guntenspergen, P. James and N. E. McIntyre. 2011. Urban ecology: From science to applications. In: Niemela, J., J. H. Breuste, T. Elmqvist, G. Guntenspergen, P. James and N. E. McIntyre eds., Urban Ecology: Patterns, Processes, and Applications. Oxford University Press.

Niemela, J., J. Breuste, T. Elmqvist, G. Gutenspergen, P. James and N. E. McIntyre. 2011. Concluding remarks: The way forward for urban ecology. In: Niemela, J., J. Breuste, T. Elmqvist, G. Gutenspergen, P. James and N. E. McIntyre eds., Urban Ecology: Patterns, Processes, and Applications. Oxford University Press.

Presentations

2017

Elmqvist, T., E. Hermansson-Török and P. T. McPhearson. 2017. Urban tinkering. Presentation at the 7th International Sustainability Science Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.

McPhearson, P. T., T. Elmqvist, E. Andersson, N. Frantzeskaki, C. Folke, P. Olsson and K. Takeuchi. 2017. Resilience and sustainability differ: Trade-offs to achieving transformation. Presentation at the Resilience 2017: Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability, August 20-23, 2017, Stockholm, Sweden. (link )