Course Syllabus for

Nature-Based Solutions at the Climate-Biodiversity-Health Nexus: Environmental Psychology, Ecology, and Epidemiology Perspective
Naturbaserade lösningar för klimat, biologisk mångfald och hälsa – perspektiv från miljöpsykologi, ekologi och epidemiologi

AAM015F, 3 credits

Valid from: Spring 2023
Decided by: Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir
Date of establishment: 2023-05-02

General Information

Division: Architecture and Built Environment
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


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.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

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.

Course Literature

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.

Instruction Details

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 Details

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.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

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.

Further Information

The course is given if at least five PhD-students register.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Marlis Wullenkord <>
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