About the Editors


Thomas Elmqvist, PhD
Professor of Natural Resource Management
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden

Thomas Elmqvist has a long history of research on several dimensions of global urbanization processes, including analysing linkages between sustainable urbanization, resilience and transformations. He has lead several international projects, such as "Cities and Biodiversity project" developed together with several UN bodies focusing on global urbanization and how this may influence land use change, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Recently he also led the Future Earth global project "Urban Planet."

Learn more about Thomas in our brief Q&A.


Executive Editor

Bo Liu


Bo joined Springer Nature as a scientific editor at Nature Communications in 2017, where he handled manuscripts on solar cells and semiconductor photo-physics. He joined the npj series as a Managing Editor in 2020, and was promoted to Executive Editor of the Physical and Applied Science npjs in October 2021. Prior to his editorial career, Bo graduated from Zhejiang University, China, and obtained a PhD in Physics at National University of Singapore. He also worked as a postdoc at the Graphene Research Center in Singapore and University of Washington, US. He is based in Shanghai.

Associate Editors

Pippin Anderson, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Environmental and Geographical Science
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Pippin M.L. Anderson is a plant ecologist who is interested in socially-informed ecologies and in recent years has focused her research on the ecology in and of cities. Her research is informed by her geography and primarily looks at the ecology of African cities and biodiversity in cities.

Erik AnderssonErik Andersson, PhD
Professor, Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
University of Helsinki, Stockholm University and North-West University
Helsinki, Finland

Prof. Erik Andersson at University of Helsinki is an expert in sustainability science, systems and resilience thinking, ecosystem service assessments and green infrastructure planning. His interests range from sustainable urbanization and biodiversity conservation to collective governance arrangements and human-nature relations.

Vanesa Castan Broto

Vanesa Castan Broto, Ir, MSc, EngD
Professor of Climate Urbanism, Urban Institute
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, UK

Professor Castan Broto's research focuses on: the governance of climate change action in rapidly growing urban areas; the place-based characteristics of sustainability transitions; and the how climate action impacts urban inequality, in the context of climate urbanism.

Timon McPhearson, PhD
Director, Urban Systems Lab, Professor of Urban Ecology
The New School

Dr. Timon McPhearson is an urban ecologist with expertise in urban ecosystem services, nature-based solutions and resilience to climate change in cities. He is also an Associate Research Fellow at Stockholm Resilience Centre and Senior Research Fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. As an IPCC Lead Author he focuses on developing pathways for urban adaptation and resilient futures in cities. In 2019 he was awarded the Sustainability Science Award and the Innovation in Sustainability Science Award by the Ecological Society of America.

Tuyeni Mwampamba, PhD
Research Professor
Institute for Ecosystems and Sustainability Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

I am interested in understanding how sustainability is understood and enacted by different actors, including how it is presented in natural resources policies. I am particularly interested in the sustainability narratives that simultaneously exist around charcoal use and production in the Global South. As an interdisciplinary scientist, I aim to understand multiple dimensions of sustainability and the interplay between them.

Anjal Prakash, PhD
Research Director and Adjunct Associate Professor, Bharti Institute of Public Policy
Indian School of Business

Dr. Anjal Prakash is Research Director and Adjunct Associate Professor at Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, India. He has two decades of experience in working on water and climate issues focusing on policy research, advocacy, capacity building, knowledge management, networking and implementation of large-scale and multi-country climate change and development projects in South Asia. His work focuses on urban resilience, gender, and social inclusion issues covering South Asia. Anjal was the coordinating lead author for the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). He has also been a lead author in the chapter on cities, settlements and key infrastructure and cross chapter paper on mountains in the Working Group II of IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report. In 2019, he was nominated as a member of the Gender Task Group of IPCC to develop a framework of goals and actions to improve gender balance and address gender-related issues within the IPCC. Anjal has authored and co-edited several books and journals related to water, environment and climate issues. He is on the editorial board of the Environment and Urbanization ASIA published by Sage and the Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences published by Routledge. He is also associate editor of Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, a journal by Elsevier, which publishes original papers covering all aspects of environmental sustainability, and PLOS Climate, another open-access publisher. Anjal obtained an advanced degree in social sciences (1997) from Tata Institute and Social Sciences in Mumbai, India and a PhD (2005) in Social/ Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands.

Christopher RaymondChristopher Raymond, PhD
Professor, Ecosystems and Environment Program and Department of Economics and Management
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

Professor Raymond is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist with research interests in senses of place; assessment of the multiple values of nature; the conservation of biodiversity; and participatory mapping theory and practice. He leads the Human-Nature Transformations Research Group at the University of Helsinki and multiple projects relating to the assessment of the co-benefits and costs of nature-based solutions, including issues of environmental justice and social inclusion. He is also actively engaged in research seeking to unlock trade-offs to societal transformation toward sustainability, drawing upon a socio-ecological-technological systems theoretical perspective. Professor Raymond is also a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPBES Values Assessment (Chapter 2, Concepts) and founding member of the Participatory Mapping Institute (PMAP).

Suneetha M Subramanian, PhD
Biodiversity and Society Programme
Tokyo, Japan

Suneetha M Subramanian is a Research Fellow with the United Nations University-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability . She has more than 20 years of experience in international and sub-national research, capacity building and advocacy activities relating to biodiversity and human well-being with a specific focus on equity, traditional knowledge, linking policy goals to local priorities and community well-being, socio-ecological resilience, mainstreaming biodiversity and joint implementation of policies and actions on Health and Biodiversity at the community level.

Xiaoling Zhang, PhD
Professor, Institute for Climate and Carbon Neutrality;
Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture,
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

Xiaoling Zhang's research focuses on sustainability science and resource management, and political economics of environmental studies and energy studies. She also works predominantly with macro-level dynamics in sustainable urbanization, regional and neighborhood change, land use change, urban socio-spatial restructuring, informal and formal policy regime, governance and the interactions between them. In addition, Dr Zhang is one of the special recognition diplomas' awardees for the 35th World Cultural Council.


Advisory Editor

Charles Axelsson

Charles handles quantitative and qualitative environmental social science including urban systems and transportation at Nature Communications. He has a BSc in Geography, an MSc in Environmental Technology, and a PhD in the Science and Management of Climate Change from Universita Ca’ Foscari Venezia’s department of Economics. His doctoral research was on urban policy adaptations to flooding under climate change, where he assessed policies and stakeholder participation. He is based in the New York office.


Editorial Board Members

Rimjhim Aggarwal, PhD, Arizona State University, USA
Erik Andersson, PhD, Ecology and Environment Research Program, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University,  Stockholm, Sweden
Xuemei Bai, PhD, Australian National University, Australia
Osman Balaban, PhD, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Eugenie L. Birch, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Harriet Bulkeley, PhD, Durham University, UK
Andrea Antonio Caragliu, PhD, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
Cesar Casiano Flores, PhD, Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven and Universidad Iberoamericana-Puebla, Leuven, Belgium and Puebla, Mexico
Jago Dodson,PhD, RMIT University, Australia
Richard Dawson, PhD, Newcastle University, UK
Martin De Jong, PhD, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Theodore Endreny, PhD, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA
Billie Giles-Corti, PhD, RMIT University, Australia
Gro Sandkjær Hanssen, PhD, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Chunyang He, PhD, Beijing Normal University, China
Ralph Horne, PhD, RMIT University, Australia
Steffen Lehmann, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Gang LiuPhD, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China
Marcelo Miguez, PhD, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mark R. Montgomery, PhD, Stony Brook University, USA
Susan Parnell, PhD, University of Bristol, UK
Zarina Patel, PhD, University of Cape Town, South Africa
João Porto de Albuquerque, PhD, University of Glasgow, UK
Seeram Ramakrishna, PhD, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Anu Ramaswami, Princeton University, USA
Rob Raven, PhD, Monash University, Australia
Aromar Revi, PhD, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Lauren Rickards, PhD, La Trobe University, Australia
Karen Seto, PhD, Yale University, USA
David Simon, PhD, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Deborah Sunter, PhD, Tufts University, USA
Puay Yok Tan, PhD, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Azime Tezer, PhD, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Josefin Wangel, PhD, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden


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