Åsa Gren

Researcher, PhD

Åsa Gren

Phone: +4686739708

The ecosystem service approach has proven to be a constructive lens for illuminating the links between the work of nature and human welfare and for operationalizing a social-ecological systems view in a sustainability and resilience context.  Hence, throughout my academic career my work has focuses on the operationalization of ecosystem services through quantification and valuation. Due to the mounting challenges facing humanity through pending massive urbanization, I, in recent research, have focused on how to operationalize various ecosystem services in an urban planning and design context, including the exploration of  how the urban green in cities can function as pollinator sources for underpinning the food producing potential of urban agricultural landscapes. Due to the mounting evidence of the potential of the urban green to also generate various human health benefits, a type of cultural ecosystem services, my current focus is on exploring the multifunctionality potential of the urban green to provide alternative paths towards human health benefits in an urban planning and design context, potentially contributing to creating resilient, sustainable and health supporting urban environments . This work is carried out in collaboration with e.g. researchers at the Karolinska Institute, the Technical University of Chalmers and the University of Gävle, as well as with societal stakeholders.

Selected Publications

How Smart is Smart Growth? Examining the Environmental Validation Behind City Compaction.

Gren, Å., J. Colding, M. Berghauser-Pont, and L. Marcus. 2019. How smart is smart growth? Examining the environmental validation behind city compaction. Ambio 48(6):580–589.

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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. 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. Sustainable Cities and Society 40:75–82.

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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. Capturing the value of green space in urban parks in a sustainable urban planning and design context: pros and cons of hedonic pricing. Ecology and Society 22(2):21.

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Urban Ecosystem Services

Gomez-Baggethun, E., Å. Gren, D. Barton, T. McPhearson, P. O’Farrell, E. Andersson, Z. Hampstead, and P. Kremer. 2013. Urban ecosystem services. In: Elmqvist, T., M. Fragkias, J. Goodness, B.Güneralp, P.J. Marcotullio, R.I. McDonald, S. Parnell, M. Schewenius, M. Sendstad, K.C. Seto, and C. Wilkinson. Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer, New York. Pp. 175-251.

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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. 2011. Reconnecting to the Biosphere. Ambio 40:719-738.

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Quantifying biodiversity for building resilience for food security in urban areas: getting down to business.

Gren, Å., and Polasky. S. 2010. Quantifying Biodiversity for Building Resilience for Food Security in Urban Landscapes: Getting Down to Business. Ecology and Society 15(3):20.

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Accounting for ecosystem services as a way to understand the requirements for sustainable development

Mäler, K.-G, Aniyar, S., and Gren, Å. 2008. Accounting for ecosystem services as a way to understand the requirements for sustainable development. PNAS 05: 951-06.

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