My main research interest is to bridge the socio-environmental interface by interdisciplinary research and long-term understandings of landscapes and land-use in agriculturally marginal regions in southern and eastern Africa and in Europe. I apply historical ecology, integrated landscape analysis and critical historical analysis in order to situate current landscape policy in historical contexts with bearing on current approaches to the sustainable management of biocultural heritage and natural resources. An additional interest is the combination of archaeology, rural development and landscape studies aiming for a better understanding of past and present forms of collective action and cooperative natural resource management. I am also engaged in archaeological approaches towards pastoralism and method development for integrated landscape analysis and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). I convene the departmental research cluster Global Historical Ecology, member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the global research network Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE) and editor of the Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History.
Principal investigator: Contesting Marginality: The Boreal Forest of Inland Scandinavia and the Worlds Outside, AD – 1500 AD (Swedish Research Council 2017-01483) Follow us on Facebook
Principal investigator: Explorative Imaginaries; Communicating the biocultural heritage of the forests (Riksbankens jubileumsfond KOM18-1380:1) Follow us on Facebook
Co-investigator: TerraNova. The European Landscape Learning Initiative: Past and Future Environments and Energy Regimes shaping Policy Tools. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (EU, Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN-ETN 813904)
Co-investigator: Biocultural Heritage in Mozambique: developing new heritage industries. Training Partnership between Universidade Eduardo Mondlane & Uppsala University (Sida 198)
Completed externally funded research projects
Principal investigator: 2012-16 Commons as Hidden Resources - Analysing the Shifting Roles of the Commons in Rural Development Processes (Formas 251-2011-900)
Principal investigator: 2001-06 Wells of Experience: A pastoral land-use history of Omaheke, Namibia (Sida/SAREC SWE-2000-353B)
A framework for exploring and managing biocultural heritage
Part of Anthropocene, 2019.
Conservation through Biocultural Heritage-Examples from Sub-Saharan Africa
Part of Land, 2019.
Concepts for Integrated Research in Historical Ecology
Part of Issues and Concepts in Historical Ecology, p. 145-181, 2018.
Environing: The Archaeology of ‘Real Life’ Remains
Part of The Resilience of Heritage, p. 243-258, 2018.
The Resilience of Heritage: Cultivating a Future of the Past. Essays in Honour of Professor
Uppsala University, 2018.
Commoning in the periphery: The role of the commons for understanding rural continuities and change
Part of International Journal of the Commons, 2017.
The bear in the grave: Exploitation of Top Predator and Herbivore Resources in 1st millennium Sweden – First Trends From a Long-term Research Project
Part of European Journal of Archaeology, p. 3-27, 2016.
Theban Harbours and Waterscapes Survey, 2015
Part of Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 2016.
Landscapes of Mortuary Practices
Part of Ancient Death Ways, p. 143-166, 2015.
Manipulating Mud: (re-)constructing cosmogonical landscapes in the Nile Valley, Thebes, Egypt
Part of Archaeologia Polonia, p. 514-517, 2015.
Rethinking Human Nature: Bridging the ‘Gap’ through Landscape Analysis and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Part of Topoi, p. 94 94-108 108, 2015.
Wells, Land and History: Archaeology and Rural Development in Southern Africa
Part of Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology, 2015.
The Archaeology of the Commons
Part of Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History (JAAH), 2013.
A new approach to the archaeology of livestock herding in the Kalahari, Southern Africa
Part of Antiquity, p. 110-124, 2009.
Both and more: a cognitive approach to environment
Part of Urban landscape dynamics and resource use, 2003.
Begreppet jägare-samlare i arkeologisk forskning
Part of Förmedling, p. 69-79, 1998.
Samhälle-boplats: En tvärkulturell undersökning av mobila jägare-samlare och deras boplatser
Part of Jeger-Samlere, p. 73-87, 1996.