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Genevieve Metson

I examine how cities and farms (and the relationship between them) can better manage resources to ensure food security and water quality in a rapidly changing world.


I focus on how we can better manage nutrients (phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, and carbon) in diverse socio-ecological contexts.

I focus on how we can better manage nutrients (phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, and carbon) in diverse socio-ecological contexts.

I use quantitative (substance flow analysis, spatial mapping, statistical analyses) and qualitative (stakeholder workshops, interviews, surveys) methods when answering research questions about

  1. how resources flow across landscapes,
  2. the effect of cross-scale socio ecological context on resource flows,
  3. how socio-ecological context creates barriers and enablers to sustainable transformations, and
  4. how the management of one resource interacts with other sustainability priorities like climate change in order to help transform urban and agricultural landscapes towards sustainability. 

CV in short

Previous positions

2015-2017Postdoctoral Research Associate. National Research Council, National Academies of Science with the US Environmental Protection Agency Western Ecology Division and Visiting Scholar at School of the Environment, Washington State University, Vancouver Campus, WA

2015Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney Australia.


PhD.  – Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Advisor: Elena Bennett
Thesis: Urban phosphorus sustainability: how human diet, urban agriculture and socioecological context influence phosphorus cycling and management

M.Sc.  – School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Advisors: Daniel Childers and Rimjhim Aggarwal
Thesis: Phosphorus Cycling in Metropolitan Phoenix


B.Sc.  – University of California San Diego -Environmental Systems Program (Earth Science track)
Honours Thesis: Changes in life habits and environments of the Arcidae (Bivalvia, Mollusca) in response to the rise of the Isthmus of Panama (Supervised by: Jeremy B.C. Jackson and Jill Leonard-Pingel)



Genevieve Metson, Karin Tonderski, Elizabeth Carlsson (2024) Flöden i stadsodlingar: ett konstnärligt och vetenskapligt utforskande av hur näringsämnen rör sig i Linköpings trädgårdar
Genevieve Metson, Karin Tonderski, Elizabeth Carlsson (2024) Flowing through urban agriculture: Art-science explorations of nutrient movement through Linköping's gardens


Madeleine Larsson, Karin Tonderski, Genevieve Metson, Nils-Hassan Quttineh, Johanna Orsholm (2023) Towards a more circular biobased economy and nutrient use on Gotland: finding suitable locations for biogas plants
Anna Sieczko, Paulien van de Vlasakker, Karin Tonderski, Genevieve Metson (2023) Seasonal nitrogen and phosphorus leaching in urban agriculture: Dominance of non-growing season losses in a Southern Swedish case study Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Vol. 79, Article 127823 Continue to DOI
Gaston E. Small, Niklas Martensson, Benjamin D. Janke, Genevieve Metson (2023) Potential for high contribution of urban gardens to nutrient export in urban watersheds Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 229, Article 104602 Continue to DOI

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Research division

Computational code frog and network system.

Research in ecological and environmental modelling

Our research uses mathematical, computational, and statistical modeling techniques to integrate knowledge from large datasets across a variety of specialities.


2021present: Instructor, “Sustainable Resource Management” 1st year MSc, Thematic Studies, Linköping University. Responsible for development and teaching for one module called: Human excreta: a small but essential part of a truly circular biobased economy. (746A81)

2020present: Instructor, “Ecological Systems” 3rd year BSc, Biology, Linköping University. (NBIC64)

2020: Instructor/Examiner, "Being a good reviewer and a good author in the context of peer-review". Graduate level open to all departments, Linköping University.

2019-present: Instructor, “The Challenges of Urban Planning. 1st year BA Urban Planning, Linköping University
Teach two modules: Sustainable sanitation and urban agriculture. (709G05)

2019—present: Instructor, “Methods in Ecology”. 1st year MSc Biology, Linköping University. (NBID73)

2018—presentInstructor/Examiner, “Ecological Applications in Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries”. 1st year MSc in Biology, Linköping University. (NBID77)


Two young women collecting samples in a urban garden in front of city houses.

Urban agriculture – is it all good?

Many cities are seeing an increasing interest for homegrown food. But researchers want to find out: is there also a downside to urban agriculture in the shape of nutrient loss to waterways?

researchers taking water samples on an allotment.

Urban agriculture pros and cons studied by researchers

It is becoming increasingly popular to grow food in cities. But how much nutrients do vegetables need? Can superfluous nutrients end up in the water? A research project led by Geneviève Metson look into different aspects of urban agriculture.

Tractor spreading fertiliser in a field.

Biogas from excrement to reduce environmental impact

Researchers at LiU have shown that coordinated management of excrement from animals and humans could save nearly EUR 100 million each year. The key is to produce the biogas from the excrement before it is used as fertiliser.

urban gardeners harvest greens

49 million Swedish crowns for research into sustainable development

Ten researchers at LiU have been awarded grants by the Formas research council. The projects include research into urban cultivation, the possibility of capturing carbon dioxide after emission, and the welfare of laying hens.

Construction for a wetland

Wetlands to purify water in South African informal townships

Karin Tonderski of the Division of Biology has been awarded SEK three million over three years from Formas to contribute to installation of wetlands in South African informal townships.

Reconnecting The Phosphorus loop

Geneviève Metson, researcher at Linköping University interviewed in the Atlantic: “We have a too-little-too-much problem”

External media

Biogas from excrement can save Sweden one billion kronor

Östgöta Correspondenten April 25, 2021

Biogas av bajs kan spara Sverige en miljard kronor



Think of phosphate in the long run

French Economie Matin January 30, 2020)

Penser le phosphat sur le long term