Sofie Joosse

Sofie Joosse
Researcher in environmental communication.


I am interested how people use and relate to the environment.


I currently approach this broad research topic from three angles: 

A first research angle is food systems. Here I aim to find out more about how food systems shape the human relation to and impact on nature. I do so through focusing on the case of Fish. In the project Fish in the City I investigate different ways of organizing fish value chains (such as community supported fisheries, fisher cooperatives), and highlight the diversity of ways that fish travel to our plate. This research is partially funded by Formas through the project Fish in the City

A second research angle is farmers in an urbanizing world. The Swedish agricultural landscape is changing rapidly, with larger and fewer farms. This trend will continue over the coming 10 years as one in three farmers is over 65 and often without successor. How do farmers deal with this changing agriculture? What happens with family farms? Who will be the future farmer? And how will he/she farm? Together with Ann Grubbström I investigate the impact on and agency of the different groups of farmers in this changing landscape, such as the future farmer, the immigrant farmer, the retired farmer, the new farmer and the social farmer. 

A third research angle is urban everyday practices. In a range of projects I investigate  sustainability interventions and their effects on urban everyday practices. Together with Daniel Bergqvuist and Madeleine Granvik in a FORMAS-funded project A critical system's approach to urban sustainability, I investigate what happens to people's everyday practices when they move to so-called green urban districts. Together with Josefin Wangel, Martin Westin and Malin Bäckman I investigate two governance strategies and their ethical dimensions, that are used in city planning to advance more sustainable lifestyles . This project Greening urban lifestyles through nudging and participation is supported by Viable Cities.


I am originally from the Netherlands and received my MSc. in Rural Sociology from the University of Wageningen. After that I moved to Sweden and received my PhD in Social and Economic Geography from the University of Uppsala. I have worked at or been affiliated to SLU since 2004 and throughout the years I have worked as a lecturer and organizer of several courses in Environmental Communication and Rural Development at SLU.

Feel free to contact me!

Publikationer i urval

Peer-reviewed publications

Joosse, S., Olders, P., Boonstra, W. (2021) Why are geographical indications unevenly distributed over Europe? British Food Journal, Vol. 123 No. 13, pp. 490-510. 

Grubbström, Ann., Joosse, S. (2021) New Entrants in Agriculture – The Case of Young Immigrant Farmers in Sweden. European Countryside, DOI:

Joosse, S., & Marshall, M. (2020). Fridge stories and other tales from the kitchen: a methodological toolbox for getting closer to everyday food practices. Food, Culture & Society, 23(5), 608-626.

Joosse, S., Powell, S., Bergeå, H., Böhm, S., Calderón, C., Caselunghe, E., ... & Löf, A. (2020). Critical, Engaged and Change-oriented Scholarship in Environmental Communication. Six Methodological Dilemmas to Think with. Environmental Communication, 1-14.

Bergquist, D., Garcia-Caro, D., Joosse, S., Granvik, M., & Peniche, F. (2020). The Sustainability of Living in a “Green” Urban District: An Emergy Perspective. Sustainability, 12(14), 5661.

Boonstra, W.J., Björkvik, E., Joosse, S., Hanh, T.T.H. (2019). From Anthrome to Refugium? A short history of small-scale fisheries in the Anthropocene. Goldstein, M.I., DellaSala, D.A. (eds.) Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier Science.

Joosse, S., & Brydges, T. (2018). Blogging for Sustainability: The Intermediary Role of Personal Green Blogs in Promoting Sustainability. Environmental communication, 12(5), 686-700.

Joosse, S., & Grubbström, A. (2017). Continuity in farming-Not just family business. Journal of Rural Studies, 50, 198-208.

Granvik, M., Joosse, S., Hunt, A., & Hallberg, I. (2017). Confusion and Misunderstanding—Interpretations and Definitions of Local Food. Sustainability, 9(11), 1981.

Joosse, S. (2016). The Making and Re‐making of a Regional Product: The Case of Zeeland Madder. Sociologia Ruralis, 56(2), 248-269.

Joosse, S., Hracs, B. (2015). Curating the quest for ‘good food’: The practices, spatial dynamics and influence of food-related curation in Sweden. Geoforum, 64, 205-216.

Joosse, S. (2014). Is it local? A study about the social production of local and regional foods and goods. Doctoral thesis. Geographica, Uppsala University.

Grubbström, A., Stenbacka, S., & Joosse, S. (2014). Balancing family traditions and business: Gendered strategies for achieving future resilience among agricultural students. Journal of Rural Studies, 35, 152-161.

Boonstra, W. J., & Joosse, S. (2013). The Social Dynamics of Degrowth. Environmental Values, 22(2), 171-189.

Joosse, S. (2007). Talking about cooperation: continuity and change in a rural community in Slovakia. Sociológia, 39(3), 245-258.


Book chapters

Joosse, S. (2010). Political Ecology as a Regional and Historical Approach Beyond Geographical Boundaries, but Back in Time. In: Eva Friman and G. Gallardo Fernandez Politicized Nature. CEFO publication series, Uppsala University

Bock, B., Derkzen P., Joosse, S. (2004) Livibility in Rural Policy: Women’s Business? A Comparative Study on Rural Policy in Two Dutch Provinces. Wageningen, Wageningen University Press.


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