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Elin Röös

Elin Röös
My research focus on sustainable food production and sustainable land use from a system perspective.

Presentation

I do research on and teach about sustainable food production and sustainable land use from many different angles. These include to assess the environmental impact of different foods using life cycle assessment (LCA), to calculate the climate impact and land use associated with different types of diets and comparing environmental impacts of different farming systems. I work in many interdisciplinary projects where we look at the economic and information policy instruments for more sustainable dietary patterns and how more sustainable and healthy food ingredients can be produced and processed.

I also work 20% at the Centre for Organic Food and Farming (EPOK) with the research synthesis and research communication. I am also associated to the Food Climate Research Network at Oxford University.

Teaching

I am responsible for two courses in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA):

  • Energy and life cycle analysis, 5 credits at the Energy Systems Program
  • Life cycle assessment for environmental and water technology, 5 credits, at the Environment and Water program

I also give lectures on the topic of climate and environmental impact of agriculture and food production at SLU, Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet.

Research

Ongoing projects:

What is sustainable agriculture? With Klara Fischer and Elin Slätmo, SOL

This project highlights and problematizes the concept of sustainability in Swedish agriculture. We put sustainability issues in Swedish agriculture in relation to the role of agricultural in the food chain. We also examine how the sustainability assessment frameworks for agriculture can be used in Swedish agriculture.

Effects of a climate tax on food and ways to re-cycle incomes. With Sarah Säll and Ing-Marie Gren, Depart of Economics and Emma Moberg, ET

The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and tax revenues from a climate tax on food is calculated based on how the tax affects consumer demand for different foods. The study will analyse 1) the distribution effects (how the tax affects high and low-income groups), 2) changes in nutrient intake, 3) the impact on the profitability of Swedish farms and 4) other environmental effects of the tax (acidification, eutrophication, biodiversity etc.). It is further investigated how the revenue from the tax can be used to counteract negative effects of the tax e.g. by supporting the preservation of pastures if the tax leads to a decrease in the domestic production of beef.

Innovative food from legumes for increased resource efficiency in the food system With Georg Carlsson, SLU Alnarp and Cornelia Witthöft and Andreas Stephan, Linnaeus University

The aim of this project is to develop climate-smart and protein-rich food products containing domestic legumes (e.g. beans, lentils, peas), to increase the food system sustainability and stimulate a growing bio-economy based on novel, attractive and health-promoting foods. The project objectives are to: 1) identify strategies for incorporating grain legumes suitable for cultivation in Nordic climate into the Nordic diet, 2) develop new legume-based cropping systems that rely more on ecosystem services and less on fossil resources, 3) investigate effects of processing techniques on the nutritional quality of novel legume-based foods, 4) assess the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the production of foods based on domestic grain legumes compared to imported raw materials or meat, and develop decision support for handling trade-offs in the development of more climate-smart food systems. The project applies trans-sectorial collaboration among scientists, food industry, regional councils, farmers and consumers.

Background

I hold a MSc in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University. After graduating in 1999, I worked for ten years in the IT and telecom industry with product and project management. I began my doctoral studies at SLU in 2008 and in 2013 I defended my thesis Analysing the carbon footprint of food - Insight for consumer communication.

Supervision

I am the co-supervisor of the PhD-students Emma Moberg and Johan Karlsson. I also supervise several master students.

Selected publications

Röös E, Bajželj B, Smith P, Patel M, Little D, Garnett T (2017) Greedy or needy? Land use and climate impacts of food in 2050 under different livestock futures. Global Environmental Change 47:1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.09.001

Slätmo E, Fischer K, Röös E (2017) The framing of sustainability in sustainability assessment frameworks for agriculture. Sociologia Ruralis 57(3):378-395. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/soru.12156

Spendrup S, Röös E, Schütt E (2017) Evaluating Consumer Understanding of the Swedish Meat Guide—A Multi-layered Environmental Information Tool Communicating Trade-offs When Choosing Food. Environmental Communication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2017.1308402

Röös E, Bajželj B, Smith P, Patel M, Little D, Garnett T (2017) Protein futures for Western Europe: potential land use and climate impacts in 2050. Regional Environmental Change 17: 367. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-016-1013-4

Hunter E, Röös E (2016) Fear of climate change consequences and predictors of intentions to alter meat consumption. Food Policy 62:151-160. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.06.004

Röös E, Patel M, Spångberg J (2015). Producing oat drink or cow's milk on a Swedish farm - environmental impacts considering the service of grazing, the opportunity cost of land and the demand for beef and protein.  Agricultural Systems 142:23-32 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2015.11.002

Röös E, Patel M, Spångberg J, Carlsson G, Rydhmer L(2015). Limiting livestock production to pasture and by-products in a search for sustainable diets. Food Policy 58:1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.10.008

Röös E, Karlsson H, Witthöft C, Sundberg C. (2015)  Evaluating the sustainability of diets – combining environmental and nutritional aspects. Environmental Science & Policy 47:157-166. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2014.12.001

Röös E, Ekelund L, Tjärnemo H (2014) Communicating the environmental impact of meat production: challenges in the development of a Swedish meat guide. Journal of Cleaner Production. 73(0) 154-164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.10.037

Hallström E, Röös E, Börjesson P (2014) Sustainable meat consumption: a quantitative analysis of nutritional intake, greenhouse gas emissions and land-use from a Swedish perspective. Food Policy 47:81-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2014.04.002

Röös E, Karlsson H. (2013) Effect of eating seasonal on the carbon footprint of Swedish vegetable consumption. Journal of Cleaner Production. 59:63-72. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.06.035

Röös E, Sundberg C, Tidåker P, Strid I, Hansson P-A (2013) Can carbon footprint serve as an indicator of the environmental impact of meat production? Ecological Indicators 24:573–581. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.08.004


Contact
Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Energy and Technology; Division of Agricultural Engineering
Telephone: 018-671866
Postal address:
Inst för energi och teknik, Box 7032
75007 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala