Per Hillbur is Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Malmö University, and he has a PhD in Social and Economic Geography from Lund University (1998). His research interests are in urban ecology, sustainable use of natural resources, governance, communication and stakeholder interaction in a wide variety of urban and rural settings. Over the years, he has been leading and participating in numerous research programmes and networks, focusing on tropical agriculture, sustainable use of resources and urban planning with a participatory action research focus in European, African and Asian contexts.