Henrik Ernstson (PhD) is an Honorary Visiting Scholar at ACC with a focus on unpacking the inherently political nature of urban ecology. He brings to ACC his interest in Urban Political Ecology and Global South Urbanism, and his experience in urban ecology, systems ecology, social movement and collective action analysis, including technical knowledge of social network analysis, and his wider international networks, and teaching experience.
Research at ACC
At ACC, Henrik Ernstson has funded and lead the Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies Programme (WOK-UE), which involves regular research, but also the documentary film project One Table Two Elephants. He also leads and has funded four ACC-based research projects: (i) He is the PI for the Socioecological Movements (MOVE)/Civil Society Network Study (CIVNET), with studies in Cape Town and New Orleans. (ii) He is Co-PI with Edgar Pieterse in NOTRUC—Notations on Theories of Radical Urban Change with studies in Cape Town. (iii) He serves as PI for the Uganda-based project Heterogenous Infrastructures in Southern Cities. And he is (iv) the Co-I, together with Mary Lawhon (Florida State University), of the South African-focused project Turning Livelihoods to Rubbish (TLR), lead by Erik Swyngedouw at the University of Manchester. He is co-founder with Mary Lawhon and Jonathan Silver of the Situated Urban Political Ecologies Collective (#SituatedUPE), which is a growing network that focuses on building critical urban scholarship, in particular in and of African and global South cities.
Teaching at ACC
His teaching stretches from urban ecology, political ecology, collective action and natural resource management (see his CV below). Together with Colombian political philosopher Dr. Andrés Henao Castro, he organises and develops the annual ACC PhD Course/Seminar on Democratic Practices of Unequal Geographies. In the NOTRUC Project, he has arranged workshops around radical incrementalism and theories of urban radical change. For the #SituatedUPE Collective he has co-organised PhD and Young Career Scholar workshops in Pretoria and Johannesburg. At ACC he also supervises student projects and advises PostDocs.
Alongside his work in South Africa, he is a Research Fellow at the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He has a doctoral degree in Natural Resource Management from Stockholm University and a previous affiliation with the Stockholm Resilience Centre. During 2013-2015 he served as the Stig Hagström Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of History at Stanford University, supported by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation.
Henrik Ernstson has published more than 23 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, served as reviewer for articles, books and acted as scientific examiner of proposals from Swedish and British funding agencies. He has supervised several PhD students, Master students, and Honour students. Since 2010 he has successfully as PI or Co-I landed several large research projects that have contributed towards funding salaries for co-workers, PhD students, PostDocs and Research Assistants to his home institutions at UCT, KTH, Stanford University, and Stockholm University, and to co-workers at institutions linked to these projects.
Empirically in Cape Town he has focused on the politics of biodiversity, ways of knowing urban ecology, and socioecological collective action with an ethnographic case study and film project around Princess Vlei in Grassy Park, and a network analytic study interviewing more than 130 civil society organisations mobilising on the urban environment and environmental justice. From 2016 he is shifting focus towards the politics of solid waste and sewage infrastructure (in two cities of Uganda) and the political ecology of waste management in South African cities.
Read more about his research projects at the Situated Ecologies and Situated Urban Political Ecologies website. He blogs at In Rhizomia, tweets at @rhizomia. See here for an updated list of his publications and CV. His previous occupations include theatre producer, project manager, and teacher. He holds an MSc in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linköping University (1998).
List of publications (as of May 2015)
To download articles, go here to updated list of publications.
Peer reviewed articles in international journals
- Ernstson, H., Lawhon, M., and Duminy, J. (2014). Conceptual vectors of African Urbanism: ‘Engaged Theory-Making’ and ‘Platforms of Engagement.’ Regional Studies 48(9):1563–77. [Authors participated equally, cited as Ernstson et al.]
- Ernstson, H., Lawhon, M., and Silver, J. (2014). Provincializing Urban Political Ecology: Towards a Situated UPE through African Urbanism. Antipode, 46(2), 497–516. [Authors participated equally, cited as Lawhon et al.]
- Ernstson, H. Situating ecologies and re-distributing expertise: The material semiotics of people and plants at Bottom Road, Cape Town. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR). [Accepted as ‘revise and submit’.]
- Anderson, P. M. L., Avlonitis, G., and Ernstson, H. (2014). Ecological outcomes of civic and expert-led urban greening projects using indigenous plant species in Cape Town, South Africa. Landscape and Urban Planning, 127, 104–113.
- Mills, M., Álvarez-Romero, J.G., Vance-Borland, K., Cohen, P., Pressey, R.L., Guerrero, A.M., and Ernstson, H. (2014). Linking regional planning and local action: Towards using social network analysis in systematic conservation planning. Biological Conservation, 169, 6–13.
- Ernstson, H. (2013). The social production of ecosystem services: A framework for studying environmental justice and ecological complexity in urbanized landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning, 109(1), 7–17.
- Ernstson, H., and Sörlin, S. (2013). Ecosystem services as technology of globalization: On articulating values in urban nature. Ecological Economics, 86, 274–284.
- Ernstson, H., Barthel, S., and Parker, J. (2013). Food and green space in cities: a resilience lens on gardens and urban environmental movements. Urban Studies, 1–18. [Authors participated equally, cited as Barthel et al.]
- Colding, J., Barthel, S., Bendt, P., Snep, R., van der Knaap, W., and Ernstson, H. (2013). Urban green commons: Insights on urban common property systems. Global Environmental Change, 23(5), 1039–1051.
- Graham, M., and Ernstson, H. (2012). Co-management at the fringes: Examining stakeholder perspectives at Macassar Dunes, Cape Town, South Africa—at the intersection of high biodiversity, urban poverty, and inequality. Ecology and Society, 17(3).
- Ernstson, H., (2012). Social Network Analysis (SNA). In D. Fogel et al. (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 6. Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, pp. 322–325. [Peer-reviewed chapter, 2000 words.]
- Ernstson, H. (2011). Transformative collective action: A network approach to transformative change in ecosystem-based management. In Ö. Bodin and C. Prell (Eds.), Social Networks and Natural Resource Management (pp. 255–287). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Peer-reviewed chapter.]
- Bodin, Ö., Ramirez-Sanchez, S., Ernstson, H., and Prell, C. (2011). A social relational approach to natural resource governance. In Ö. Bodin and C. Prell (Eds.), Social Networks and Natural Resource Management (pp. 1–54). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Peer-reviewed chapter.]
- Crona, B., Ernstson, H., Prell, C., Reed, M., and Hubacek, K. (2011). Combining social network approaches with social theories to improve understanding of natural resource governance. In Ö. Bodin and C. Prell (Eds.), Social Networks and Natural Resource Management (pp. 44–71). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Peer-reviewed chapter.]
- Stein, C., Ernstson, H., and Barron, J. (2011). A social network approach to analyzing water governance: The case of the Mkindo catchment, Tanzania. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 36(14-15), 1085–1092.
- Ernstson, H., Barthel, S., Andersson, E., and Borgström, S. T. (2010). Scale-crossing brokers and network governance of urban ecosystem services : The case of Stockholm. Ecology and Society, 15(4).
- Ernstson, H., van der Leeuw, S. E., Redman, C. L., Meffert, D. J., Davis, G., Alfsen, C., and Elmqvist, T. (2010). Urban transitions: On urban resilience and human-dominated ecosystems. Ambio, 39(8), 531–545
- Cumming, G. S., Bodin, Ö., Ernstson, H., and Elmqvist, T. (2010). Network analysis in conservation biogeography: Challenges and opportunities. Diversity and Distributions, 16(3), 414–425.
- Ernstson, H., and Sörlin, S. (2009). Weaving protective stories: Connective practices to articulate holistic values in the Stockholm National Urban Park. Environment and Planning A, 41(6), 1460–1479.
- Ernstson, H., Sörlin, S., and Elmqvist, T. (2008). Social movements and ecosystem services: The role of social network structure in protecting and managing urban green areas in Stockholm. Ecology and Society, 13(2).
- Ernstson, H., Bodin, Ö., and Crona, B. (2006). Social networks in Natural Resource Management: What is there to learn from a structural perspective ? Ecology and Society, 11(2). [Authors participated equally, cited as Bodin et al.]
- Janssen, M.A., Bodin, Ö., Anderies, J.M., Elmqvist, T., Ernstson, H., McAllister, R.R.J., Olsson, P. and Ryan, P. (2006). Toward a network perspective of the study of resilience in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society, 11(1), 20.
- Elmqvist, Ernstson, H. [11 co-authors] (2004). The dynamics of social-ecological systems in urban landscapes. Annual New York Academy of Science, 1023, 308–322.
Other publications including books and patents (Selection)
- Ernstson, H. and von Heland, J. (2015, Film). One Table Two Elephants: Ways of Knowing Urban Natures (First Cut). Direction & Production shared. Conference Contribution to Urban Beyond Measure, Stanford University, 8-9 May 2015. (41m00s)
- Ernstson, H. (2014). Book Review. Greening Berlin: The Co-Production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature. Science and Technology Studies, 27(1), pp.113–116.
- Ernstson, H. (2014). The political nature of urban wetlands: speaking from Princess Vlei Wetland, Cape Town. Urban Wetlands: South Asia, Issue 2, pp. 2–5.
- Ernstson H., Barthel S, Colding J, Erixon H, Grahn S, Kärsten C, Marcus L, Torsvall J (2013) Principles of Social-Ecological Urbanism: Case study Albano Campus, Stockholm. TRITA-ARK-Forskningspublikationer 2013:3, KTH, Stockholm. [Authors participated equally. Cited as Barthel et al.]
- Ernstson, H. (2013). Re-Translating Nature in Post-Apartheid Cape Town: The Material Semiotics of People and Plants at Bottom Road. In: R. Heeks (Ed.) Actor-Network Theory for Development: Working Paper Series (Paper 4/2013) Manchester: Institute for Development Policy and Management, SED, University of Manchester. Available at: http://www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk/resources/ant4d-working-papers/ [Reworked and submitted to IJURR, see above in section 3.3.]
- Ernstson, H. (2012) Vlei Breathing. Vlei Living: Princess Vlei as History, Ecology and Struggle at Cape Flats (pp. 11). Report. Cape Town: African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.
- Ernstson, H., Barthel, S., Colding, J., Erixon, H., Grahn, S., Kärsten C., Marcus, L. and Torsvall, J. (2010). Q-Book Albano 4 – Albano Resilient Campus: A case-based exploration of urban social-ecological design (pp. 76). Stockholm: Akademiska Hus. [Authors participated equally. Cited as Barthel et al.]
- Ernstson, H., (2008). In Rhizomia: Actors, Networks and Resilience in Urban Landscapes. PhD Dissertation, Stockholm University.
The Situated Urban Political Ecologies Collective (#SituatedUPE)
With co-workers Henrik Ernstson initiated the Situated Urban Political Ecologies Collective (#SituatedUPE) to expand critical analysis of infrastructures and urban ecology to include experiences of Africa and the global South. This has during 2014 included publications in Antipode and Regional Studies, special sessions at conferences including RGS-IBG, Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) and Southern African Cities Conference, and several workshops for young and mid-career researchers in Pretoria and Cape Town. The rationale is to participate in building scholarship that can critically research African and global South urbanisation, and contribute to wider theoretical debates. See a video abstract of a recent article in Antipode.
Below is also a 5 minute teaser of the film “1 Table 2 Elephants”. Filmed in Cape Town in 2015, it deals with ways of knowing urban ecologies in postapartheid and postcolonial cities. It’s created by Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson, produced by Telltales Film in collaboration with KTH and UCT and funded by Formas.
Conference papers and keynotes (Selection from last five years; *Keynote speaker)
2015* Organizer and Chair. Conference: Rupturing the Anthro-Obscene! The Political Promises of Planetary Urban Ecologies, KTH and Teater Reflex, Stockholm, 17-19 September 2015. Organized by Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw with confirmed speakers by leading scholars in urban political ecology and political philsophy. http://anthro-obscene.situatedupe.net
2015* Invited Plenary Speaker. Conference: Urban Environmental Stewardship Conference, Behavioral & Social Sciences, University of Maryland, USA, 17 April 2015. Conference Paper: “If I speak from Cape Town: What happens when ‘stewardship’ travels the world?” http://bsos.umd.edu/event/urban-environmental
2015* Organizer, Chair & Keynote Speaker. Conference: Urban Beyond Measure: Registering Urban Environments of the Global South, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, USA, 8-9 May 2015. Organizer of the conference with Jia-Ching Chen (Brown University). Talk: “Registers and the Beyond of Urban” Link: https://urbanbeyondmeasure.wordpress.com
2015 Film Screening. Conference: Urban Beyond Measure (as above), Stanford University, 8-9 May 2015. Film: “One Table Two Elephants: Ways Of Knowing Urban Natures (First Cut)” Direction & Production: Henrik Ernstson & Jacob von Heland. (41m00s)
2015 Invited Speaker. Workshop: Practicing Political Ecology: A Left Coast Workshop, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley, USA, 7 May 2015. Talk: “Situated Urban Political Ecologies: Thinking from the South”.
2015 Invited Lecture. Seminar Series: CESTA Series—Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University, USA, 12 May 2015. Title: “Urban Environments in Postapartheid Cape Town: Registers of Knowing and Mobilizing Structures”.
2015 Invited Lecture. Seminar Series at Socioenvironmental Synthesis Centre (SESYNC), University of Maryland, USA, April 21. Conference Paper: “Locality and Situatedness in Synthesizing Environmental Research: Preliminary Notes on the Politics of Synthesis Based on Urban Ecology Research in Cape Town”.
2015 Invited Panelist (SUPE). Conference Panel: Doing Situated Urban Political Ecology (SUPE): Reflections from the Field, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference, Chicago, April 21-25. Panel input 5 min and discussion.
2015 Invited Panelist. Conference Panel: The Changing Face of Environmentalism, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference, Chicago, April 21-25. Conference Paper: “Towards Situated Ecologies: Report from the Segregated Ecologies of Cape Town and New Orleans”, Henrik Ernstson and Joshua Lewis.
2015 Conference Paper. Special Session: Cultural and Political Ecology, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference, Chicago, April 21-25. Conference Paper: “Tactical Symbioses: A Design Perspective of Material Agency and Political Ecology” presented by Henrik Ernstson, co-authored with Martín Ávila.
2015 Organizer, Chair, Film Script Writer. Roundtable and filming: Moving Closer To Nature: Roundtable with Henrik Ernstson, Michael Adams, Willam Adams and Dan Brockington, KTH, Stockholm, 26 February 2015. Filmproduction by Jacob von Heland & Henrik Ernstson. http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/1403
2015* Organizer, Chair & Keynote Speaker. Conference: The Cape Town Civil Society Conference: Let’s Discuss Our City’s Democracy! African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, 6 June 2015. As part of engaging stakeholders in my project WOK-UE I have organized this conference with 80 participants from 50 civil society organizers, keynote speakers and break-out groups. Link: http://civnet.situatedupe.net
2015 [Coming] Organizer of Workshop/PhD Seminar. Workshop/PhD seminar: Political Theory Meets Global South Urbanism: Where is the Political? African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, 27-31 July 2015. Organized by Henrik Ernstson and Andrés Fabián Hernao Castro (from Colombia, Latin America). http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/1417
2014* Organizer, Chair and Keynote Speaker (SUPE). Workshop: Radical Incrementalism & Theories/Practices of Emancipatory Change, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, 23-24 October 2014. Organized by Henrik Ernstson, Jonathan Silver and Edgar Pieterse. Talk: “Radical Incrementalism as Political Imaginary: Elaborating Emancipatory Practices through Southern Cities”, Henrik Ernstson and Jonathan Silver. http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/1281
2014 Organizer of Workshop/PhD Seminar (SUPE). Workshop/PhD seminar: Urban Political Ecology in African Cities, University of Pretoria, Tswane, South Africa, 22-26 September 2015. Organized by Henrik Ernstson, Mary Lawhon, Joe Pierce and Jonathan Silver (alphabetical order) with 20 participants, majority from/of African universities, funded by Antipode Foundation and Formas. http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/1313
2014* Keynote Speaker. Conference: Annual Symposium for the University of Washington Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning 2013-14, University of Washington, USA, 5 May 2014. Conference Paper: “Situating Ecologies and Re-distributing Expertise: Re-thinking Urban Theory and Ecological Studies from a ‘World of Cities’”. http://depts.washington.edu/urbdpphd/symposium/symposium2014.html
2014 Invited Speaker. Global Studies Seminar: Rapping and Youth Pedagogy to save the Princess Vlei Wetland in Cape Town: A conversation between South African hip-hop stalwart Emile Jansen and Stanford’s Henrik Ernstson, Centre for African Studies, Stanford University, 7 April 2014.
2014* Invited Lecture. Seminar Series: ISS Seminar in Urban Planning, Portland State University, USA, 1 April 2014. Conference Paper: “Rethinking Urban Ecosystem Services: Theorizing the Ecology and Politics of Urbanization from Stockholm to Cape Town”. (Also lead a week long PhD workshop.) http://bit.ly/1HMdjth & http://bit.ly/1LIGNZF
2014* Invited Lecture. Seminar Series: Urban Studies Visiting Lecture Series, University of Washington-Tacoma, 31 March 2015, invited by Dr. Lisa Hoffman. Conference Paper: “Grounding Urban Natures: Approaching Urban Political Ecologies in a “World of Cities” with Lessons from Cape Town”. http://bit.ly/1LPHvo5
2014 Organized Special Session, Chair and Conference Paper. Association of Environmental History (ASEH) Conference, San Francisco, 13-15 March 2014. Special session with S Sörlin on book project “Grounding Urban Natures” with 4 papers. Opening remarks and presented paper: “Tracing the Political: Reworking Urban Natures in Cape Town and Seattle” by Henrik Ernstson and Andrew Karvonen. http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/992
2014* Invited Lecture. Seminar Series: Stanford Global Studies—Centre for African Studies Seminar, Stanford University, USA, 6 March 2014, invited by Jim Ferguson. Conference Paper: “Towards a Situated Approach to Urban Political Ecology in a ‘World of Cities’” http://bit.ly/1J27tHf
2014 Organized Special Session, Chair and Conference Paper (SUPE). Conference: Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE), Lexington 28 Feb – 2 March, 2014. Special session with M Lawhon & J Silver on “Pluralizing the Approaches to Urban Political Ecology in a ‘World of Cities’” with 10 papers. Presented Paper: “Provincializing Urban Political Ecology” H Ernstson, M Lawhon & J Silver, published in Antipode. [During 2014, we organized the same SUPE special session with 10 new papers at The RGS-IBG Annual International Geography Conference, London, August 2014] http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/871
2013 Invited Lecture. Seminar Series: Centre for Environmental Policy and Behavior, UC Davis, USA. Talk: “Environmental Collective Action in Cities of the Global South: The Cape Town Civic Network Study (CIVNET)”. Co-presented with Professor Mario Diani. Invited by Professor Marc Lubell. http://bit.ly/1BtOqh9
2013 Conference Paper. Transformation in a Changing Climate Conference, Oslo, 19-21 June 2013. Conference Paper: “Enfold :: Unfold—Tracing Socioecological Collective Action in Cape Town and New Orleans” by Henrik Ernstson and Joshua Lewis.
2013 Organizer, Chair, Book Chapter (GUN). Workshop on edited book project with open seminars: Grounding Urban Natures—Traveling the World to Re-think Histories and Futures of Political Ecologies, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH, Stockholm, 12-14 June 2013. Organized by Henrik Ernstson and Sverker Sörlin (editors of book). (Note: In parallel, I lead a week-long PhD course, see 4.2) http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/505
2013 Organized Special Session and Chair. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference, Los Angeles, 9-12 April 2013. Organized special session with J Battersby on “Articulating Values in Urban Green Spaces” with 5 papers.
2013 Conference Paper. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference, Los Angeles, 9-12 April 2013. Conference Paper (in other session than above): “Reworking Urban Natures through Empirical Case Studies in Cape Town” by H Ernstson, J Battersby, and M Graham.
2012 Organized Book Workshop (GUN). Workshop: Contested Urban Natures: Exploratory Seminar on a Book Project, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, 17-18 October 2012. Organized by Henrik Ernstson and Sverker Sörlin (editors of book). http://bit.ly/1PRZ1OQ
2012 Conference Paper. International Comparative Urban Retrofit Workshop: Purpose, Politics and Practices, 13-14 September 2012, Manchester, UK. Conference Paper: “Retrofit and Urbanized Ecosystems” Henrik Ernstson and Joshua Lewis.
2012 Conference Paper. RGS-IBG Annual International Geography Conference, Edinburgh, 3-5 July 2012. Conference Paper: “Ways of Knowing Urban Natures in Post-apartheid Cape Town”.
2012 Invited Speaker at South African Universities. In March 2012 I travelled I gave guest lectures at Centre for Civil Society, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (invited by Professor Patrick Bond) and at Rhodes University (invited by Professor Tally Palmer). Talk: “Ways of Knowing Urban Natures in Post-apartheid Cape Town”.
2011* Invited Speaker. Resilience 2011 Conference, 11-16 March, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Invited speak at session “Urban Transitions: On Urban Resilience and Human-Dominated Ecosystems”. Conference Paper: “On Transformative Change and Urban Resilience: Lessons from Social-Ecological Research in Stockholm”
2011* Invited Speaker. Resilience 2011 Conference, 11-16 March, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Invited speak at session “Integrated Social-Ecological Networks”. Paper: “Social-Ecological Network Analysis (iSENA): Four Approaches Towards Empirical Research”
2011* Conference Papers . Resilience 2011 Conference, 11-16 March, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Conference Papers (with co-auhtors):  “The Role of Informal Social Networks in Water Resources Governance: Berg River Catchment, South Africa” with N Mehtner;  “A Social Network Approach to Analyze Governance of Land, Water and Ecosystems: The Case of Mkindo Catchment, Tanzania” with C Stein, J Barron;  “Analyzing Ecosystem Governance in Human-dominated Landscapes: The Usefulness of a Social-Ecological Network Approach” with M Tengö, C Radimilahy, T Elmqvist.
2010* Keynote Speaker. AESOP Seminar on Urban Planning and Complexity, Stockholm Resilience Centre, 5 March 2010. Paper: “Urban Transitions: On Urban Resilience and Human-dominated Landscapes.”
2009 Invited Speaker. Higher Seminar at African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. Conference Paper: “Mobilizing Urban Natures and Value Articulation in Post-Apartheid Cape Town.” October 2009.
2009 Conference Paper. IHDP Conference in Bonn, Germany. Conference paper on social network analysis and ecoystem governance. March 2009.
2009* Keynote Speaker. Marine Social Connectivity in the Gulf of California Workshop, 18-20 August 2009, Tucson, Arizona, USA: Paper: “Using Social Network Analysis in Social-Ecological Studies”.
2008* Keynote Speaker. Resilience 2008 Conference, Stockholm, 14-17 April 2008. Paper: “Transformative Processes in Urban Landscapes: Towards a Framework that Incorporate Ecological Resilience and Social Justice”.
Supervision of PhD students :
2011-2015 Marnie Graham, “Postcolonial Nature Conservation and Collaboration in Urban Protected Areas: Everyday Relations at Macassar Dunes/Wolfgat Reserves, Cape Town, South Africa”, PhD Dissertation, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Defence: 27 February 2015. (In WOK-UE Project)
2011-2015 Joshua Lewis, “Grounded Urban Ecology: Infrastructure, Urbanization, and the Deltaic Environment of New Orleans”, PhD Dissertation, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, 16 September 2015 (In MOVE Project)
Advisor on Postdoctoral Research Projects :
2011-2012 Dr. Mary Lawhon (human geographer), African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town (WOK-UE Project).
2012-2014 Dr. Anna Storm (historian), Department of Cultural Geography, Stockholm University (In WOK-UE Project).
2015-2017 Dr. Suraya Scheba (critical geographer), African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town (In RADINCSUPE Project).
2015-2017 Dr. Koni Benson (historian), African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town (In RADINCSUPE Project; starting soon).
Supervision of MSc students :
At Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University:
2011 Johan Lundqvist (2011; case study in Kigali, Rwanda)
2010 Marnie Graham (2010; case study in Cape Town)
2010 Elin Israelsson (2010; case study in Cape Town)
2010 Christian Stein (2010; case study in Tanzania)
2009 Livia Benson (2009; case study in Stockholm)
2007 Nils Johansson (2007; case study in Gaza, Palestine)
2005 Dissanayake Hasanthi (2005; case study in Sri Lanka)
Supervision of Honours Thesis :
At Dept. of Environmental & Geographical Science, University of Cape Town:
2011 Jessica Rattle (co-supervised, 2011; case study in Cape Town; WOK-UE Project)
2011 Georgina Avlonitis (co-supervised, 2011, case study Cape Town; MOVE Project)
His projects at UCT has also funded several more students through his work together with Pippin Anderson and Jane Battersby.
2015* “Democratic Practices of Unequal Geographies: Where is the Political?”— PhD Course (2 hp) at African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, 27-31 July 2015. Organized by Henrik Ernstson and Andrés Fabián Hernao Castro (from Colombia, Latin America). http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/1417
2014* “Radical Incrementalism & Theories/Practices of Emancipatory Change”—PhD Workshop at African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, 23-24 October 2014. Organized by Henrik Ernstson, Jonathan Silver and Edgar Pieterse. Talk: “Radical Incrementalism as Political Imaginary: Elaborating Emancipatory Practices through Southern Cities”, Henrik Ernstson and Jonathan Silver. http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/1281
2014* “Urban Political Ecology in African Cities”—PhD Course at University of Pretoria, Tswane, South Africa, 22-26 September 2015. Organized by Henrik Ernstson, Mary Lawhon, Joe Pierce and Jonathan Silver (alphabetical order) with 20 participants, majority from/of African universities, funded by Antipode Foundation and Formas. The week included discussion of literature, guest lectures, field trips and group work. Aim to repeat every second year until 2024 to build African critical scholar community around urban political ecology. http://www.situatedecologies.net/archives/1313
2014* “Rethinking Urban Ecosystem Services and the Politics of Urbanization in a ‘World of Cities”—PhD Workshop/Seminars, Portland State University, USA, 1-3 April, 2014. Organized by Henrik Ernstson in collaboration with PSU students with 20+ participants focusing on the intersection of ecology, urbanization and politics.
2013* “Urban Ecology as Science, Culture and Power”—PhD Course (3 hp) at KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, in 2013; Developed the course, lecturer and course administrator, responsible for planning, content and examination assisted by Joshua Lewis.
2012* “Urban Ecology as Science, Culture and Power”—PhD Course/Seminar (2 hp) at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Developed the course, administrator and responsible for planning, content and examination assisted by Joshua Lewis.
2010, 2011* “Society and Natural Resources: Module on Collective Action”—Undergraduate Course in M.Sc. Conservation Biology, Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town. I developed a module that covered: i) Collective action in a natural resource context (from a social movement theoretical lens); ii) Social science paradigms for people and nature (political ecology, systems ecology, ecosystem serices etc.); iii) Methods: social network analysis and interview approaches; iv) Role play The Fish Game (see below). Taught for five days in August each year.
2009, 2011* “Network Analysis in Social-Ecological Studies”—PhD Course (3 hp) held first at the University of Cape Town in 2009 and then at the Arizona State University in 2011. The course teaches: i) basic skills in doing network research, including the design of surveys and handling data structure; ii) basic skills in network analysis using real datasets from my research; iii) social/ecological network theory from the two fields of Sociology and Ecology and its application and interpretation in Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Social-Ecological Systems (SES) research. Developed the course, lecturer, course administrator and responsible for planning, content and examination.
2009 “Cosmopolitical Experiments”—Invited as Guest Lecturer on M.Sc. Course in Experience Design called [Un]Real Estate, Konstfack, Stockholm (School of Craft and Design in Stockholm). I provided a full-week module with theoretical lectures, field trip, engagement with civil society activists. I returned to participate in examination and exhibition at the end of the course. Course leader: Martín Ávila.
2007* “Social and Ecological Network Analysis”—PhD Course (3hp). Organized with Beatrice Crona and Örjan Bodin, co-workers at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University in 2007. This advanced course provided students with guest lecturers that presented state-of-the art analysis in social and ecological network theory, followed by in-depth discussions of pre-circulated reserach articles.
2006-2008* “Natural Resources and Society”—Undergraduate Course (15 hp) at Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University. Course focused on Systems Ecology, Common Pool Resource Theory, Social-Ecological Systems Analysis, Resilience Theory, Stakeholder Analysis. Lecturer and course administrator, responsible for planning, content, examination and inviting guest lecturers. Responsible for major re-organization. During 2009 and 2010 I returned as guest lecturer on urban ecology.
2004-2006* “Världens Eko”—Undergraduate Course (7.5 hp) on Sustainability, Globalization, Justice and Democracy at Centre for Transdisciplinary Research (CNM)/Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Between 80-120 students. Leturer and course administrator, responsible for planning, content, examination and inviting guest lecturers. Responsible for major re-organization that boosted student numbers from 40-60 to over 100.
Scholarly Networks (Selection, in relation to ACC)
Since 2007, Henrik Ernstson has built extensive collaboration between the African Centre for Cities (ACC)—and Dept of Environmental and Geographical Sciences—at the University of Cape Town, with his Swedish institutions, first with the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University (2007-2012) and from 2012 with the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Through funding his research projects he has extended his collaborative networks to include Tulane University in New Orleans, Trento University in Italy, in USA— Stanford University, Florida State University, and in the UK—Durham University and its Urban Worlds Research Cluster and University of Manchester; and besides ACC’s other African contacts, also Makerere University in Uganda and their Urban Innovation Lab. In Sweden, the School of Craft and Design in Stockholm (Konstfack). Previous research collaboration include Wageningen University in The Netherlands, and the Istanbul Technical University in Turkey, and the Arizona State University in USA.
Henrik Ernstson March 16, 2016
A film essay about bushmen bboys, a flower kingdom and the ghost of a princess
Henrik Ernstson, Mary Lawhon June 19, 2015
Henrik Ernstson January 25, 2017
A stone’s throw from the working-class township of Masiphumelele, the Noordhoek mountains are being transformed into exclusive “eco-estates” which preserve apartheid geography just as the Group Areas Act did, write Bruce Baigrie and Henrik Ernstson
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Henrik Ernstson September 1, 2016
Value articulation as sociomaterial narrative practice Based on empirical work in Cape Town, New York and London the article expands on an existing narrative framework for value articulation (see Ernstson 2013; Ernstson and Sörlin, 2009; Sörlin 1998). Above all they emphasise the sociomateiral character of narrative practice and the role role of designers: [T]his framework pays attention to […]
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Henrik Ernstson, Mary Lawhon May 10, 2016
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