Ann Åkerman

Information Officer


BackgroundMeandering river

My research as a physical geographer focused on soil erosion and nutrient losses from arable land in south of Sweden. For many years I worked in close collaboration with municipalities, farmers, consulting companies and other stakeholderBaobab tree in Zambias in the implementation of various measures to improve water quality in south of Sweden, e.g. restoration of wetlands and rivers.

I lived in Zambia for 4 years, where I worked for a Sida-funded project on agricultural and rural development with strong focus on dissemination of  sustainable farming techniques to subsistence farmers.

Current research and outreach activities

Recent research has focused on better understanding how simple, sustainable innovations (improved cook stoves and rain water harvesting systems) can be more effectively diffused in rural areas of the global South, Kenya.
Read more about the project »

The last years I have been involved in producing films for different research projects at LUCID and LUCSUS, as an alternative mode of knowledge dissemination.
Here are some of the films I produced:

  • Smokeless  Stove
  • A pathway out of poverty?
  • Rivers and Struggles
  • Using human urine as fertilizer

Watch the films at our YouTube channel »

Lake BolmenI work with a variety of organizations outside of  LUCSUS. An important partner is Sydvatten, which produces drinking water for a major part of the south of Sweden.  In the long-term project Think H2O! Sydvatten offers teachers and their students in upper secondary school, a two-day school camp at lake Bolmen, which is one of the most important resources for drinking water in Sweden. Together with Sydvatten I am involved in the planning and implementation of this school camp and in 2015  another 500 students will be invited to participate. Several other teachers from LUCSUS are also involved in this outreach activity.
Read more about the project at Sydvatten’s website »

HUT SkåneAnother important collaboration partner is HUT Skåne, (Hållbar utveckling Skåne, Sustainable Development Skåne). HUT Skåne is a non-profit, non-political and member-driven organization working for sustainable development in Skåne.
For more information see HUT Skåne’s website »


  • the LUMES programme, Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability ScienceLUMES water excursion

Earth System Science
3 day field trip

Water and sustainability
1 day field trip

Urban & Rural Systems and Sustainability
1 day field trip

  • the LUMID programme, Lund University Master Programme in International Development and Management

Natural resources and sustainability


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