Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course AAM015F valid from Spring 2023

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  • Climate change, biodiversity loss, and diverse health crises are pressing issues of the Anthropocene. They are fundamentally interlinked through shared drivers, mechanistic links and feedbacks and pose significant challenges and risks for human societies, health, and well-being. Nature-based solutions have emerged as an umbrella concept to describe actions taken to protect, conserve, restore, sustainably use, and manage natural and modified ecosystems that address societal challenges such as climate mitigation and adaptation, while simultaneously providing human well-being, ecosystem services, resilience, and biodiversity benefits. The understanding of nature-based solutions must go hand in hand with a thorough analysis of human perception, cognition, emotion, and behavior.

    This course departs from a psychological perspective and incorporates ecological and epidemiological perspectives on nature-based solutions. It thereby aims at broadening disciplinary boundaries and provides a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the climate-biodiversity-health nexus and proposed solutions within it (i.e., nature-based solutions). It aims at evaluating these solutions critically and fostering an understanding of challenges, trade-offs, and synergies when trying to solve complex global issues.

    The course is given with support from the ClimBEco Graduate Research School, 22nd to 26th May 2023.
  • The course lasts one week and includes two parts: a first theoretical part including introductory lectures and a second applied part including an excursion, group work and discussions. The following will be covered:
    · Introduction to the climate-biodiversity-health nexus and the different disciplinary perspectives (i.e., psychology, ecology, and epidemiology)
    · Introduction to nature-based solutions, their limitations, opportunities, and risks
    · Current research on the climate-biodiversity-health nexus and nature-based solutions in environmental psychology, ecology, and epidemiology
    · Practical examples of two nature-based solutions in Skåne
    Reading material will be sent out three weeks before the group meets, and the course participants prepare by reading the assigned literature.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Exemplify, describe, and define “nature-based solutions”.
    Describe the climate-biodiversity-health nexus and relate different global challenges to each other (i.e., mental and physical health crises, climate change, biodiversity change).
    Demonstrate an understanding of global challenges from different disciplinary perspectives (e.g., psychology).
    Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between their own doctoral work, nature-based solutions, and research from other related disciplines.
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Reflect on their own role and disciplinary understanding.
    Relate theoretical knowledge to practical examples in the field.
    Be able to present and discuss (own) ideas in an interdisciplinary context.
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Critically discuss the challenges and potential trade-offs and synergies for mental and physical health, climate, and biodiversity crises.
    Propose their own nature-based solution and critically discuss it.
    Critically discuss the limitations, opportunities, and risks of nature-based solutions and their potential impact.
    Demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities and limits of nature-based solutions.
    Evaluate an existing nature-based solution and assess its usefulness.
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Study visit
  • Teaching consists of lectures, group discussions, an excursion, and self-directed learning. It is compulsory to participate in lectures, group discussions, excursions, and associated elements.
    Lecturers with different disciplinary backgrounds will present. There will also be a group projects in which students are expected to work in interdisciplinary groups.
Examination Formats
  • Written report
  • Seminars given by participants
  • At the end of the week, students will present their own nature-based solution in groups and critically discuss it with the whole group. After the course, the students will write an individual paper choosing an existing nature-based solution and critically discuss its implementation, usefulness, and impact. Active participation in all the course activities, presentation of the group project, and a written individual paper is expected to pass the course.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • enrolled in a PhD programme
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • M.Sc./Masters Degree
Selection Criteria
  • The course is open to PhD students. Priority will be given to PhD students enrolled in the ClimBEco Graduate Research School and to PhD students in (environmental) psychology. Other PhD students will be conditional on places being available.
  • Buse, C. G. (2018). Public health guide to field developments linking ecosystems, environments and health in the Anthropocene. J Epidemiol Community Health, 72(5), 420–425.

    Gifford, R. (2014). Environmental psychology matters. Annual Review of Psychology, 65(1), 541–579.

    Marselle, M. R., Stadler, J., Korn, H., Irvine, K. N., & Bonn, A. (Eds.). (2019). Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change. Springer International Publishing.

    Seddon, N. (2022). Harnessing the potential of nature-based solutions for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Science.

    Other scientific literature amounting to approximately 250 pages.
Further Information
  • The course is given if at least five PhD-students register.
Course code
  • AAM015F
Administrative Information
  • 2023-05-02
  • Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

1 course occasion.

Start Date End Date Published
2023‑05‑22 2023‑05‑26 2023‑05‑04

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