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Unique chance to change into pro-environmental behaviour in new urban environments
“Appealing to logic and values to break cemented habits is not enough. Now, when we're building so many new urban environments, there is a unique opportunity to make the environment promote pro-environmental behaviours," says Noah Linder, researcher in environmental psychology at University of Gävle.
Much of our unsustainable behaviour is strongly habit driven, for example our eating habits
Learning how to make sound environmental choices not enough
“Time and time again, we see that the fact that people have environmentally friendly opinions is not enough to generate the change in behaviour we need to bring about,” Noah Linder says. “In general, we humans try hard to figure out what kind of behavior is the desired one. If it is a little easier to throw away food waste than household waste, it becomes very clear what you should do.”
40 million SEK to fair environmental research in collaboration with trade unions and business
“It is absolutely crucial that the measures used to make the transition are socially accepted and perceived as fair,” says Stephan Barthel, professor of sustainability science at University of Gävle and one of the research programme leaders. Together with academia, civil society and other actors, we will develop a carbon budget, compatible with the Paris Agreement, fair, justified and effective.
Cities in Denmark are now both denser and greener to researchers’ surprise
For the first time, researchers from University of Gävle who use satellite images can prove that cities in Denmark have become both denser and greener in the time period 1995-2015. As urban densification and greening tend to be seen as two incompatible goals, results from a major survey in Denmark surprised researchers.
Green jobs needed to tackle future crises in cities
“We need to create new green jobs to give protesters tools and opportunities to do something,” Johan Colding says. “Changing our view of what a job is and working with ecosystem services can create many jobs.” “We want people to become involved and to be able to contribute in a constructive manner.”
Stephan Barthel—the world’s most cited researcher on green cities
Clarivate’s annual list of Highly Cited Researchers 2020, it shows that Stephan Barthel, founder of Urban Studio at University of Gävle, again is one of the most cited researchers in the world. Stephan Barthel’s articles center on how development in urban green spaces can offer people new contexts and generate new behaviour and, at the same time, be connected global sustainable development.
Researchers: Other countries can learn from Sweden in tackling social distance
In two reports, Google show that when we are practicing social distancing, contact with nature becomes more important for people’s well-being, This is in line with previous research at the University of Gävle. “When they open up their societies again, what is it that people want when they are let out from their flats?"
Healthier ecosystems provide greater health benefits
“Our research shows that for people with a deep relationship with nature, an ecologically rich ecosystem provides healing and restorative benefits in a much stronger way“, says Matteo Giusti, environmental researcher at the University of Gävle. “Different places have different ecological values. Old leaf trees and meadows may be important. Ecosystems with great biodiversity have greater value”.
Urban Studio’s message to the UN: “We need to protect our cities”
“We are heading in the wrong direction and need to make our cities resilient to the natural disasters that climate change will generate. It is our reponsibility to protect the people who live in cities,” says Stephan Barthel, director of the Urban Studio at the University of Gävle.
University of Gävle researcher among most cited in the world on sustainable cities
“Web of Science,” establishes that Stephan Barthel, founder of Urban Studio at the University of Gävle, has been one of the most frequently cited researchers in the last decade. “As a young man, I lived on the south side of Stockholm and I discovered that I was continuously drawn to the green spaces where I found inspiration and gained strength. I decided to devote my life to this.”
Megacities destroy rainforests
“Global urbanization is tied to the destruction of rainforest in Brazil,” says Stephan Barthel, environmental researcher at the University of Gävle. Moreover, very powerful states, like China and India, are buying land in Africa, Eastern Europe and South America which speeds up this process.”
Researcher at the University of Gävle: “Don’t make social-ecology into a buzzword like all others”
“60 percent of all scientific journals we looked at use the concept without defining what they mean. In this way, it becomes nothing but a buzzword and no one stands to gain from this,” says Johan Colding, reader in environmental engineering vid University of Gävle.
New megacities for 2,7 billion people in 2050
“Urban Studio at the University of Gävle are key note speakers at Sweden’s most important meeting place for smart cities. Stephan Barthel and I will take up the challenges we face as we humans now have an impact on the whole planet,” says Johan Colding, research coordinator at Urban Studio.
We understand environmental problems but we don’t change
“We understand, but we don’t change, and this refusal to change is a completely different barrier, and a much bigger one than people realise. That Is why we need to bring in psychology in environmental research to help explain this complexity of behavior and behavioral changes,” Noah Linder says.
How smart is The Smart City?
“We would like to demonstrate how we can build smart cities in a better way, a way in which we consider nature and environmental concerns to a great extent, because no one is a smart as nature itself,” says Johan Colding. Urban Studio, the research program on urban sustainability, aims to dig deep into ideas about the Smart City during two days at the University of Gävle