Short CV/Education and training

Higher education qualifications

  • 1987
    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Urban and Regional Planning, Stockholm University

  • 1997
    Ph.D. in Human and Economic Geography, Lund University, (Bonden och landskapet. Markägares och brukares relationer till markerna och förutsättningarna för en uthållig markanvändning) Suprevisor: Nils Levan.

  • 1998 – 2001
    Postdoctoral position, Dept. of Human and Economic Geography, Univ. of Gothenburg

  • 2003
    Associate professor in Human Geography, University of Gothenburg

Previous positions

  • 2001 – 2011
    Senior lecturer at the Dept. of Human and Economic Geography, Univ. of Gothenburg

  • 2007 – 2009
    Head of Department, Dept. of Human and Economic Geography, Univ. of Gothenburg,(35%)

Current position

  • Since 2011
    Professor in Human Geography, University of Gothenburg, 35% research granted in the position

Selected publications

  • Beilin R, Lindborg R, Stenseke M Et al. (2014): Analysing how drivers of agricultural land abandonment affect biodiversity and cultural landscapes using case studies from Scandinavia, Iberia and Oceania Land Use Policy, 36: 60-72.

  • Stenseke, M, Skriver Hansen, A. (2014). From rhetoric to knowledge based actions – Challenges for outdoor recreation management in Sweden. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 7-8, pp. 26-34.

  • Setten G, Stenseke M & Moen J (2012): Ecosystem services and landscape management: three challenges and one plea. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. 8(4): 305-312.

  • Stenseke M (2012): On the integration of outdoor recreation in nature conservation policies. Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, section ”A” Social Sciences and Humanities, 66(3): 119-128.

  • Stenseke M Lindborg R, Dahlberg A & Slätmo E (2012): System or arena? Conceptual concerns around the analysis of landscape dynamics. I Plieninger &Bieling (eds). Resilience and the cultural landscape: Understanding and managing change in human-shaped environments. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 80-94.

  • Heyman E, Gunnarsson B, Stenseke M, Henningsson S & Tim G (2011): Openness as a key-variable for analysis of management trade-offs in urban woodlands. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 10(4): 281-293.

  • Palang H, Spek T & Stenseke M (2011): Digging in the past: New conceptual models in landscape history and their relevance in peri-urban landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning 100(4): 344-346.

  • Saltzman K, Head L, Stenseke M (2011): Do cows belong in nature? The cultural basis of agriculture in Sweden and Australia. Journal of Rural Studies. 27(1): 54-62.

  • Jones M & Stenseke M, eds (2011): The European Landscape Convention. Challenges of Participation, Dordrecht: Springer.

  • Lindborg R, Stenseke M, Cousins SAO, Bengtsson J, Berg Å, Gustafsson T, Sjödin E & Eriksson O (2009): Investigating biodiversity trajectories using scenarios – Lessons from two contrasting agricultural landscapes. Journal of Environmental Management, 91(2): 499-508.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Vice programme director for the research programme "Outdoor recreation in change – Landscapes, Experiences. Planning and Development", and project leader for "Outdoor recreation and nature conservation". Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 2006 – 2012

  • Project leader for "Outdoor recreation in coastal areas – monitoring qualities and managing conflicts. The case of Kosterhavet National Park", 2012 – 2016

  • Member of the research team for the project "Woody or treeless pastures? Linking subsidy systems, farmers decisions and management for understanding biodiversity patterns", 2012 – 2014, Formas

  • Member of the research team for the project "Landscape diversity and the nature/culture divide" Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2010-2012, Formas

  • Member of the research team for the project "Rethinking agricultural land abandonment to create socially responsive and biodiverse landscapes", 2009 – 2011, Formas

  • Member of the research team for the project”Land use changes in urban pressure areas”, Research council of Norway, 2009 – 2012

  • Member of the research team for the project "Management of suburban forests: Combining conservation of biodiversity and recreation", 2007 – 2009, Formas

  • Project leader for The process of implementation, in the MISTRA research program HagmarksMistra, 2004 – 2008

  • Project leader for The general public and seminatural pastures, in the MISTRA research program Hagmarksmistra, 2004 – 2008

  • Project leader and supervisor in the national aid-program for Rwandese PhD-students in Environmental geography, 2003 – 2009, SIDA

  • Project leader for Local community participation and learning for enhanced biodiversity, Financed by Formas, 2002 – 2006

  • Project leader, together with professor Håkan Rydin and PhD Sebastian Sundberg, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala university, for "Vem vill ha myllrande våtmarker?", synthesis project in the research program Conservation Chain, SEPA, 2004 – 2005

  • Project leader, together with professor Margareta Ihse, Department of Physical Geography for "Driv¬kraf¬ter och orsaker till de förändringar i landskapet som registrerats i LiM-karteringen", SEPA, 2004 – 2005

  • Project leader for "Buying biodiversity. Consumers perspectives on beef produced on seminatural grasslands", Adlerbertska Forskningsstiftelsen, 2003 – 2004

  • Project leader for The Human Factor in Seminatural Pasture Management, in the MISTRA research program Hagmarksmistra, 2001 – 2004 (in collaboration with Professor Ulrich Nitsch)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Co-chair, Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

  • Fellow of The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry

  • Member of the board for Swedish Research Council FORMAS

  • Member of the board for Svenskt Friluftsliv, (an NGO for outdoor recreation, organizing about 2 million Swedes)

  • Member of Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Council for Biodiversity and Ecosystem services

  • Member of the Faculty board

  • Vice President of The Permanent European Conference on the Study of the Rural

    Landscape (PECSRL), 2006 – 2012, member of the board since 2012

  • Vice programme director for the National research programme Outdoor recreation in change – Landscapes, Experiences. Planning and Development, funded by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 2006 – 2013

Additional qualifications

  • Organizer of two international conferences, organizer of 12 international workshops


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