Dr. Henrik Ernstson has developed a core interest in urban political ecology, collective action, and comparative and African urbanism in which he draws on relational social movement theory, actor-network theory (ANT) and postfoundational political thought to unpack the inherently political nature of urban environments. He has also been key in developing network analysis within social-ecological studies. Recent publications include "Provincializing Urban Political Ecology" (2013) in Antipode (with M Lawhon and J Silver), "The Social Production of Ecosystem Services" (2013) in Landscape and Urban Planning, "Ecosystem Services as Technology of Globalization" (2013) in Ecological Economics (with S Sörlin), and "Food and green space in cities" (2013, with S Barthel and J Parker) in Urban Studies. He completed his PhD in 2008 and as of October 2013 he has published 20 peer-reviewed articles in top-academic journals, 16 since 2010.
Currently he is the Stig Hagström scholar (2013-2015) of The Wallenberg Foundation at the Department of History, Stanford University with ties to Stanford’s Centre for African Studies. He is the Principal Investigator of two interdisciplinary research projects—Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies (WOK-UE) and Socioecological Movements in Urbanized Ecosystem (MOVE)—between the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town and the KTH Environmental Humanities at KTH Institute of Technology in Stockholm. These projects have in-depth studies of contested urban ecologies in Cape Town (South Africa), New Orleans (USA) and Stockholm (Sweden). He is leading an international book project with co-editor Sverker Sörlin on "Grounding Urban Natures: Histories and Futures of Urban Political Ecologies" with environmental historical and critical studies from non-Western big cities like Lagos (Nigeria), Delhi (India), Dalian and Yixing (China); and Cape Town (South Africa) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); but also from ‘old world’ cities like Berlin (Germany); and the US cities of San Francisco, New Orleans and Seattle. He recently in July 2013 submitted a special issue to IJURR on "Politicizing African Urban Environments" with Mary Lawhon and Jonathan Silver with studies from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Accra (Ghana) and Cape Town (South Africa). He also leads the Cape Town Civic Network Study with sociologist Mario Diani on the contested character of urban environments and civic mobilization.
For more information follow his blog In Rhizomia. His twitter is @rhizomia (check out hash tag #SUPE). He has a background in Physics and Applied Mathematics (MSc, Linköping University) and in Systems Ecology (PhD, Stockholm University). He has also worked as a Theatre Producer in Stockholm and translated plays from Buenos Aires.