Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

is a leading Swedish university working with interdisciplinary research on any aspects related to environmental issues, developing the understanding of the sustainable use and management of biological natural resources.

The units involved in the project are:

1) School for Forest Management that rests on four major pillars of activities: the BSc programme in forest management, international co-operation, in-service training, and applied interdisciplinary research on various dimensions of sustainability (responsible person: Ass Prof Grzegorz Mikusinski)

2) Department of Forest resource management and Department of Ecology. Department of forest resource management focuses on combining research, environmental monitoring and assessment of interdisciplinary projects while Department of Ecology has very strong research in both applied and basic science (responsible person: Dr. Marcus Hedblom)

3) The Centre for Educational Development supports the teaching staff with courses, projects, course development etc. and is a strategic resource for the Board of Education and the Vice-Chancellor organizing workshops and other activities in the field of Education for Sustainable Education (responsible person: Peter Aspengren)

In addition, these units are co-operating with the department of Earth Sciences of Uppsala University (responsible person: Dr. Małgorzata Blicharska).

Persons Involved:

Grzegorz Mikusinski

Research interest:
Conservation and management of forest biodiversity
Use of surrogate species in conservation biology
Ecology and conservation of forest birds
Ecosystem services provided by forest environments
Links between religions and biodiversity conservation

Current research projects:
National monitoring for assessing and valuating ecosystem services in Fennoscandian alpine and boreal landscapes
Structural and compositional changes in forest reserves
Succession of bird communities in the forest landscape affected by fire
Advancing cost-effectiveness of conservation action plans: White-backed Woodpecker in Sweden as an example
Use of ecosystem services provided by the Białowieża Primeval Forest
Applying habitat models in monitoring forest biodiversity status


Marcus Hedblom

Peter Aspengren

Michael Jones
Mike Jones is an ecologist, independent consultant and leader of the Resilience Theme Group in IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management that promotes systems and resilience thinking for transformational change in practice and policy. Mike has been a development and conservation practitioner since 1973, working as an ecologist, protected area manager, environmental management and rural development consultant in southern and eastern Africa and the western US. Since 1989, this work was focused on community based natural resource management that requires effective collaboration among scientists, management professionals, government agencies, politicians, businesses and rural communities. Mike was based at the Stockholm Resilience Centre from 2009 to 2013 for an immersion in complexity and resilience science, and to establish a social learning network of scientists and practitioners interested in the application of resilience theory to the complexity of sustainable development. A key part of this work is the delivery of seminars and short courses on the application of resilience to different aspects of sustainability. Currently this work is focused on the development of “Nature-based Solutions” to climate change and the integration of resilience assessment into Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Mike is currently working with the Swedish Biodiversity Centre where he teaches resilience and systems thinking to Masters in Sustainable Development students and maintains networks for transdisciplinary research in partnership with land and environmental management organisations. Mike also holds an adjunct position at the Wallowa Mountain Institute in Oregon where he works with scientists and local people in a program that integrates different kinds of knowledge and social learning to create innovation for the restoration of a collapsed timber based economy.
Apart from working at the interface of sustainability science and practice, Mike is developing a research interest in the “wicked problems” of social planning, which stem from the conflicts of values in pluralistic society and place a key constraint on collaborative endeavour.

Małgorzata Blicharska (cooperated in organizing the SLU WORKSHOP and preparing output1)