Calle Österlin

Carl Österlin


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Works at Department of Physical Geography
Telephone 08-16 36 42
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room V316
Postal address Inst för naturgeografi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

PhD student in Physical Geography 

Calle Österlin is a PhD student at the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University. He is a geographer and systems thinker with a research interest in landscape change and environmental management.


The objective of my research is to improve land use management through an increased understanding of the role multiple pressures in land use, how it contributes to cumulative effects on reindeer husbandry, what effect this has on northern landscapes and how well equipped current planning practices are to manage this.

In order to meet the above-mentioned objectives, I use northern Sweden as a case study area, investigating the changes in land use pressures on reindeer husbandry, like mining, but also wind power. The research questions are studied using a combination of GIS-analysis of land use change, coupled with a series of workshops and interviews with reindeer herding communities.  

Additionally, I have an interest in improving research methodologies by using UAVs. With projects mainly involving various forms of mapping e.g. multispectral and object auto-identification using machine learning.
I have been involved in teaching on:
  • GE7071 Case Studies of Environmental Impact Assessments
  • GE7015 Environmental Management in Planning
  • GE7022 Applied Environmental Modelling
  • GE7069 Traffic and Environment



Jussi Knuuttila (Main Masters supervisor) - The role of cultural ecosystem services in social impact assessment in Finnish mining projects



Larsen, R. K., Raitio, K., Sandström, P., Skarin, A., Stinnerbom, M., Wik-Karlsson, J., Sandström, S., Österlin, C., Buhot, Y. Kumulativa effekter av exploateringar på renskötseln Kumulativa effekter av exploateringar på renskötseln – vad behöver göras inom tillståndsprocesser? (Naturvårdsverket, 2016).

Österlin, C., Skarin, A., Buhot, Y., Sandström, P. 2017. Exploatering i Semisjaur Njarg och dess påverkan på betestillgång. Published by Swedish Reindeer Herding Association.

Österlin, C., Schlyter, P. 2018. Different worldviews as impediments to integrated nature and cultural heritage management. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper. International Systems Dynamics Society Conference, Reykjavik. 2018.

Larsen, R. K., Österlin, C. & Guia, L. Do voluntary corporate actions improve cumulative effects assessment? Mining companies’ performance on Sami lands. Extr. Ind. Soc. (2018). doi:10.1016/j.exis.2018.04.003

Last updated: October 17, 2018

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