Elina is currently leading a research project dealing with crop pest challenges and use of pesticides in Ugandan smallholder agriculture, which is carried out in collaboration with Ellinor Isgren and funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas. While the use and promotion of pesticides have increased rapidly in recent years, poor regulation and control implies significant risks to human health and sustainability. At the same time, crop loss due to pests is a serious challenge to food security. Through a lens of environmental justice, the research contributes to a much needed understanding of how pesticide use and governance impact on rural communities in the context of a rapidly changing agro-political landscape. The project also draws on action research involving smallholder farmers and other actors to explore alternatives to pesticide use and pathways towards more sustainable pest management.
Elina is also part of an interdisciplinary research project on perennial crops and their potential to contribute to increase the sustainability and resilience of agriculture. Based on participatory experimentation together with smallholder farmers in Uganda, the project investigates the potential of various perennial farming systems to decrease vulnerability to extreme weather events, land degradation and other environmental stressors. The project is carried out in collaboration with colleagues at The Land Institute (USA) and Makerere University and NARO (Uganda). In 2018, Elina was also co-coordinating an interdisciplinary research theme on perennial agriculture at the Pufendorf Institute.
In her PhD thesis in Sustainability Science, defended in 2014, Elina explored the ‘everydayness’ of soil use and degradation in smallholder farming in Uganda, with focus on local experiences of environmental change and various forms of collective strategies mediated by farmer groups in response to changing livelihood conditions. In an attempt to co-produce knowledge with a transformative potential, she also explore how action research can be used to envision, implement and evaluate a locally anchored practice (urine fertilizer) to improve soil fertility.
Elina is teachers for a variety of courses for the Lund University International Master's Program in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES) and other programs and courses at Lund University on topics related to sustainability, natural resource management, international development and methodology. She is also supervisning students in thesis writing.
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Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvarKarin Gerhardt, Kimberly Nicholas, Wim Carton, Anika Binte Habib, Diego Galafassi, et al.
(2022) Aftonbladet Debatt, -
Gambling in the garden: Pesticide use and risk exposure in Ugandan smallholder farmingElina Andersson, Ellinor Isgren
(2021) Journal of Rural Studies, 82 p.76-86
An Environmental Justice Perspective on Smallholder Pesticide Use in Sub-Saharan AfricaEllinor Isgren, Elina Andersson
(2021) The Journal of Environment & Development, 30 p.68-97
New perennial grains in African smallholder agriculture from a farming systems perspective. A reviewEllinor Isgren, Elina Andersson, Wim Carton
(2020) Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 40
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171 forskare: ”Vi vuxna bör också klimatprotestera”Per Adman, Mats Alvesson, Elina Andersson, Mimmi Maria Barmark, Ebba Brink, et al.
(2019) Dagens nyheter (DN debatt)
Recognizing Carbon Forestry’s Uneven Geography: A Response to Purdon and the Structure-Agency Dichotomy That Never WasWim Carton, Elina Andersson
(2018) Society and Natural Resources, 31 p.1094-1102
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Where Forest Carbon Meets Its Maker: Forestry-Based Offsetting as the Subsumption of NatureWim Carton, Elina Andersson
(2017) Society and Natural Resources, 30 p.829-843
Making Research Matter More—Working with Action Research and Film in Sustainability ScienceElina Andersson, Ann Åkerman
(2017) Challenges in Sustainability, 5 p.24-25
Politisk ekologi : en produktiv spretighet?Erik Jönsson, Elina Andersson
(2017) Politisk ekologi : Om makt och miljöer, 1 p.13-43
Avslutning : det personliga är politisk-ekologisktElina Andersson, Erik Jönsson
(2017) Politisk ekologi : Om makt och miljöer, 1 p.361-368
Sälja luft? Om klimatkompensation och miljörättvisa i UgandaElina Andersson, Wim Carton
(2017) Politisk ekologi: om makt och miljöer
Sand Waves and Human Tides: Exploring Environmental Myths on Desertification and Climate-Induced MigrationGiovanni Bettini, Elina Andersson
(2014) The Journal of Environment & Development, 23 p.160-185
Turning waste into value: using human urine to enrich soils for sustainable food production in UgandaElina Andersson
(2014) Journal of Cleaner Production, 96 p.290-298
Fertile grounds? : Collective strategies and the political ecology of soil management in UgandaElina Andersson
'Because of poverty, we had to come together': collective action for improved food security in rural Kenya and UgandaElina Andersson, Sara Gabrielsson
(2012) International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 10 p.245-262
The Political Ecology of Land DegradationElina Andersson, Sara Brogaard, Lennart Olsson
(2011) Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 36 p.295-319
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Elina Andersson is a sustainability researcher, with a background in development studies, human ecology and gender studies. Her research is broadly situated in the field of political ecology and revolves around agriculture and food systems, rural development, and natural resource use and governance. Transdisciplinary collaboration and engagement with societal actors is a key motivational driver in her work.