Beijer Fellows

Johan Colding | Associate Professor (Ecologist), Researcher

Johan Colding is Associate Professor and programme director for the Beijer Institute research programme Urban Social-Ecological Systems. He is also theme leader for the theme Urban social-ecological systems and globalization at The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC).

Johan Colding


Phone + 46 8 673 95 39
Fax + 46 8 15 24 64
Address: The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Box 50005 SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden




Moving from urban form to socio-ecological form: knowledge for urban resilience building

Considering that humanity presently is building the equivalent of a city the size of Vancouver twice every week, the form of new cities becomes important to consider due to its influence on socio-economic and ecological processes.

This research project investigates how urban form promotes desirable social and ecological processes in urban systems. We hypothesize that it is possible to identify urban forms with a high degree of overlap of socio-economic and ecological functions, referring to such as social-ecological urban form (SEUF).

Furthermore, such urban form is always institutionally embedded and the institution of property rights is especially critical.The program will therefore also study how the spatial distribution of property rights interacts with urban form and how they can beshaped to further support desirable social and ecological processes.

By bringing together the different traditions of spatial morphology at the School of Architecture at KTH and resilience theory at the Beijer Institute, the major aims are to:

  1.  Pioneer a new field of research that integrates urban morphology and resilience theory through a focus on urban form.
  2.  Analyze and improve understanding of how institutional embedding of urban form can promote desirable social-ecological processes at the Stockholm Albano Resilient Campus.
  3. Develop a new integrative theoretical framework on urban form and resilience that can be further tested in urban settings to understand how urban form can promote sustainable development.

The project is funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council for Environment (FORMAS) for the years 2011-2013.


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