Journal article
Wicked Problems of Smart Cities

Colding, J., S. Barthel and P. Sörqvist. 2019. Wicked Problems of Smart Cities. Smart Cities 2 (4):512-521.

It is often uncritically assumed that, when digital technologies are integrated into the operation of city functions, they inevitably contribute to sustainable urban development. Such anotion rests largely on the belief that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions pave the way for more democratic forms of planning, and that ‘smart’ technological devices resultin a range of environmental benefits, e.g., energy efficiency and the mitigation of...

Journal article
Urban resilience at eye level: Spatial analysis of empirically defined experiential landscapes

Samuelsson, K., J. Colding and S. Barthel. 2019. Urban resilience at eye level: Spatial analysis of empirically defined experiential landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning 187 (2019) 70–80.

An unresolved issue in creating resilient cities is how to obtain sustainability benefits from densification while not eroding the capacity of social-ecological systems to generate wellbeing for urban dwellers. To understand how different relationships between urban form and wellbeing together play out, we analysed geocoded experiential data (1460 experiences from 780 respondents) together with variables of the physical environment. Through statistical and spatial analysis, we...

Journal article
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.

Smart growth (SG) is widely adopted by planners and policy makers as an environmentally friendly way of building cities. In this paper, we analyze the environmental validity of the SG-approach based on a review of the scientific literature. We found a lack of proof of environmental gains, in combination with a great inconsistency in the measurements of different SG attributes. We found that a surprisingly...

Journal article
Deceptive sustainability: Cognitive bias in people’s judgment of the benefits of CO2 emission cuts

Holmgren, M., A. Kabanshia, L. Langeborg, S. Barthel, J. Colding, O. Eriksson, and P. Sörqvist. 2019. Deceptive sustainability: Cognitive bias in people's judgment of the benefits of CO2 emission cuts. Journal of Environmental Psychology 64:48-55.

People’s beliefs in the actions necessary to reduce anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are important to public policy acceptability. The current paper addressed beliefs concerning how periods of small emission cuts contribute to the total CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, by asking participants to rate the atmospheric CO2 concentration for various time periods and emission rates. The participants thought that a time period with higher...

Journal article
Exploring the social-ecological systems discourse 20 years later

Colding, J., and S. Barthel. 2019. Exploring the social-ecological systems discourse 20 years later. Ecology and Society 24(1):2.

This paper explores the 20-year evolution of the social-ecological systems framework (SESs). Although a first definition of SES dates back to 1988, Berkes and Folke more thoroughly used the concept in 1998 to analyze resilience in local resource management systems. Since then studies of interlinked human and natural systems have emerged as a field on its own right, promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration in a...

Other
Integrating Visibility Graph Analysis (VGA) with connectivity analysis in landscape ecology

Berghauser-Pont, M., k. Ahrné, Å. Gren, A. Kaczorowska, and L. Marcus. 2018. Integrating Visibility Graph Analysis (VGA) with connectivity analysis in landscape ecology. Proceedings of the 11th Space Syntax Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal: 157, 2017.

Journal article
The smart city model: A new panacea for urban sustainability or unmanageable complexity?

Colding, J., M. Colding, and S. Barthel. 2018. The smart city model: A new panacea for urban sustainability or unmanageable complexity? . Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 10.1177/2399808318763164.

Despite several calls in this journal of debating the rapid growth of the literature on “smart cities”, such a debate has in large been absent. Smart cities are often un-critically launched as a sustainable way of developing cities. When cities become increasingly complex as its features are wired into the Internet, theories for their understanding is lagging behind. As it is prospected that a greater...

Journal article
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.

A pressing issue for mankind is how to combine urban expansion and food production for present and future generations. Using a case study example –the Stockholm County in Sweden- we illustrate how incorporating an ecosystem service perspective into urban planning may help us rethink the urban-rural divide in order to facilitate a sustainable development of the urban agricultural landscape of Stockholm. In our case study...

Book chapter
Social-ecological, integrated planning and design

Schewenius, M., J. Colding, and S. Barthel. 2017. Social-ecological, integrated planning and design. In: Schewenius, M., P. Keränen, and R. Rawaf. Dreams and Seeds – The Role of Campuses in Sustainable Urban Development. TMG, Stockholm, Sweden. Pp. 47-49.

Book chapter
Resilience and sustainable development

Colding, J., and S. Barthel. 2017. Resilience and sustainable development. In: Schewenius, M., P. Keränen and R. Rawaf. Dreams and Seeds – The Role of Campuses in Sustainable Urban Development. TMG, Stockholm, Sweden. Pp. 28-29.