Beijer Fellows

Åsa Gren | PhD (Ecologist), Researcher

Åsa Gren (formerly Jansson) works mainly with the quantification of ecosystem services in an urban landscape context. She is especially interested in analyzing multiple ecosystem services and to assess the impact of differences of scale of operation of different ecosystem services in a sustainable management context. In a world of constant change it is essential to build resilience in the social-ecological systems to more effectively meet these changes. The use of scenarios for e.g. urban development or climate change is an effective tool in this pursuit.

Åsa also have an interest in operationalizing the concept of resilience through quantification and valuation, e.g. by building bio-economic models, in collaboration with economists at the Beijer institute and at Uppsala University, using response diversity as a proxy for resilience. She has also been involved in applying the lens of ecosystem services and the social-ecological complex systems lens in an Arctic context, within the four year FP7, EU funded project ACCESS. A continuation of that project, with the purpose of running scenarios of potential impacts of climate change on social-ecological arctic systems, through new applications from the Horizon 2020 calls and the ERA-Net Biodiversa calls, is under way.

Åsa Gren


Phone + 46 8 673 97 08
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


Beijer E-print Series
530 How smart is smart growth? Examining the environmental validation behind city compaction
Gren, Å., J. Colding, M. Berghauser-Pont, L. Marcus. 2018. Ambio.

Beijer E-print Series
510 Being efficient and green by rethinking the urban-rural divide—Combining urban expansion and food production by integrating an ecosystem service perspective into urban planning
Gren, Å. and E. Andersson. 2018. Sustainable Cities and Society 40:75–82

Beijer E-print Series
505 Capturing the value of green space in urban parks in a sustainable urban planning and design context: pros and cons of hedonic pricing.
Engstrom, G. and Å. Gren. 2017. Ecology and Society 22(2):21

Beijer E-print Series
502 Operationalising a social–ecological system perspective on the Arctic Ocean
Crépin, A.-C., Å. Gren, G. Engström and D. Ospina. 2017. Ambio 46(Suppl. 3):S475–S485

Beijer E-print Series
489 How spatial scale shapes the generation and management of multiple ecosystem services
Lindborg, R., L.J. Gordon, R. Malinga, J. Bengtsson, G. Peterson, R. Bommarco, L. Deutsch, Å. Gren, M. Rundlöf, and H.G. Smith (2017). Ecosphere 8(4):e01741.

Beijer E-print Series
479 Capturing the value of green space in urban parks in a sustainable urban planning and design context: pros and cons of hedonic pricing
Engström, G., and Å. Gren (2017). Ecology and Society 22(2):21.

Beijer E-print Series
454 Valuation of oil spill risk reductions in the Arctic
Noring, M., L. Hasselström, C. Håkansson, Å. Soutukorva and Å. Gren (2016). Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy. First online. doi: 10.1080/21606544.2016.1155499.

Beijer E-print Series
407 Does aquaculture add resilience to the global food system?
Troell M., R. L. Naylor, M. Metian, M. Beveridge, P.H. Tyedmers, C. Folke, K. J. Arrow, S. Barrett, A.-S. Crépin, P.R. Ehrlich, Å. Gren, N. Kautsky, S.A. Levin, K. Nyborg, H. Österblom, S. Polasky, M. Scheffer, B.H. Walker, T. Xepapadeas and A. de Zeeuw. (2014) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(37):13257-13263.

Beijer E-print Series
395 A Quantitative Review of Urban Ecosystem Service Assessments: Concepts, Models, and Implementation
Haase, D., N. Larondelle, E. Andersson, M. Artmann, S. Borgström, J. Breuste, E. Gomez-Baggethun, Å. Gren, Z. Hamstead, R. Hansen, N. Kabisch, P. Kremer, J. Langemeyer, E. L. Rall, T. McPhearson, S. Pauleit, S. Qureshi, N. Schwarz, A. Voigt, D. Wurster, and T. Elmqvist. (2014) Ambio 43(4):413-433.

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393 Reconnecting Cities to the Biosphere: Stewardship of Green Infrastructure and Urban Ecosystem Services
Andersson, E., S. Barthel, S. Borgström, J. Colding, T. Elmqvist, C. Folke, and Å. Gren. (2014) Ambio 43(4):445-453.

Beijer E-print Series
384 Urban ecosystem services
Gomez-Baggethun, E., Å. Gren, D. Barton, T. McPhearson, P. O’Farrell, E. Andersson, Z. Hampstead, and P. Kremer. (2013) In: Elmqvist, T. et al. (eds.). Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer, New York, USA. Pp. 175-251.

Beijer E-print Series
336 Reconnecting to the Biosphere
Folke, C., Å. Jansson, J. Rockström, P. Olsson, S.R. Carpenter, F.S. Chapin, A.-S. Crepín, G. Daily, K. Danell, J. Ebbesson, T. Elmqvist, V. Galaz, F. Moberg, M. Nilsson, H. Österblom, E. Ostrom, Å. Persson, G. Peterson, S. Polasky, W. Steffen, B. Walker, and F. Westley. Ambio (2011) 40:719-738. DOI 10.1007/s13280-011-0184-y

Beijer E-print Series
307 Quantifying Biodiversity for Building Resilience for Food Security in Urban Landscapes: Getting Down to Business
Åsa Jansson and Stephen Polasky. Ecology and Society 15(3): 20.

Beijer E-print Series
234 Tradeoffs between Environmental Goals and Urban Development: The Case of Nitrogen Load from the Stockholm County to the Baltic Sea
Åsa Jansson and Johan Colding 2007 Ambio, Vol. 36, No. 8, December 2007 (2008).

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137 The ‘Ecological Footprint’: Communicating Human Dependence on Nature’s Work
Lisa Deutsch, Åsa Jansson, Max Troell, Patrik Rönnbäck, Carl Folke, Nils Kautsky, 2000 Ecological Economics 32 (2000) pp.351-355

Beijer E-print Series
117 Linking Freshwater Flows and Ecosystem Services Appropriated by People: The Case of the Baltic Sea Drainage Basin
Åsa J. Jansson, Carl Folke, Johan Rockström,and Line Gordon, 1999 Ecosystems (1999) 2: 351-366

Beijer E-print Series
116 The Ecological Footprint Concept for Sustainable Seafood
Carl Folke, Nils Kautsky, Håkan Berg, Åsa Jansson, and Max Troell 1998 Ecological Applications 8(1) Supplement, 1998, pp. S63-S71

Beijer E-print Series
102 Quantifying the Nitrogen Retention Capacity of Natural Wetlands in the Large-Scale Drainage Basin of Baltic Sea
Åsa Jansson, Carl-Folke, and Sindre Langaas, 1998 Landscape Ecology 13: 249-262, 1998

Beijer Discussion Paper
86  Ecosystem Appropriate by Cities
Carl Folke, Åsa Jansson, Jonas Larsson, and Robert Costanza. 1996

Beijer E-print Series
86 Ecosystem Appropriation by Cities
Carl Folke, Åsa Jansson, Jonas Larsson and Robert Costanza. 1997 Ambio 3, pp 167-172

Beijer Discussion Paper
69  Quantifying the Nutrient Retention Capacity by Wetlands in the Large-Scale Drainage Basin of the Baltic Sea
Åsa Jansson, Carl Folke, and Sindre Langaas. 1995