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Pernilla Tidåker

Pernilla Tidåker
My research focuses on how to achieve a more sustainable food system, with particular emphasis on environmental assessment of food production systems from a life cycle perspective.


I am a senior lecturer in Food Systems at the Department of Energy and Technology. My research interest includes life cycle assessment (LCA) applied to food production systems, indicators and tools for evaluation of environmental impact of food production systems and ecosystem services associated with agriculture and how to integrate farming and wastewater management.


 I am course leader for the course “Prospects and challenges for sustainable food systems” which is the introductory course in the master’s program “Sustainable Food Systems”.

I am also supervising master's thesis students and doctoral students.



Ongoing research projects:

- Capturing multifunctional dairy production: Indicators for ecosystem services and biodiversity (SLF)

- Innovative legume-based foods and drinks for enhanced resource use efficiency in food systems (Formas)

- Digestate as a valuable fertiliser in organic farming with value added for the environment and farm finances (Formas)

Selected publications

Henryson K, Hansson P-A, Kätterer T, Tidåker P, Sundberg C. 2019. Environmental performance of crop cultivation at different sites and nitrogen rates in Sweden. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 114, 139-155.

Röös E, Fischer K, Tidåker P, Nordström Källström H. 2019. How well is farmers’ social situation captured by sustainability assessment tools? A Swedish case study. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology.

Röös E, Carlsson G, Ferawati F, Hefni M, Stephan A, Tidåker P, Witthöft C. 2018. Less meat, more legumes - prospects and challenges in the transition towards sustainable diets in Sweden. Accepted for publication in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

Tidåker P, Wesström T, Kätterer T. 2017. Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from turf management of two Swedish golf courses. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 21, 80-87.

Tidåker P, Bergkvist G, Bolinder M, Eckersten H, Johnsson H, Kätterer T, Weih M. 2016. Estimating the environmental footprint of barley with improved nitrogen uptake efficiency - a Swedish scenario study. European Journal of Agronomy 80, 45-54.

Waldenström C, Ferguson R, Sundberg C, Tidåker P, Westholm E, Åkerskog A. 2016. Bioenergy from Agriculture: Challenges for the Rural Development Programme in Sweden. Society & Natural Resources 29, 1467-1482.

McConville J, Drangert J-O, Tidåker P, Neset T-S, Rauch S, Strid I, Tonderski K. 2015. Closing the food loops: guidelines and criteria for improving nutrient management. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 11 (2), 1-11.

Björnberg K, Jonas E, Marstorp H, Tidåker P. 2015. The role of biotechnology in sustainable agriculture: views and perceptions among key actors in the Swedish food supply chain. Sustainability 7, 7512-7529.

Tidåker P, Sundberg C, Öborn I, Kätterer T, Bergkvist G. 2014. Rotational grass/clover for biogas integrated with grain production – A life cycle perspective. Agricultural Systems 129, 133-141.

Rist L, Felton A, Nyström M, Troell M, Sponseller R, Bengtsson J, Österblom H, Lindborg R, Tidåker P, Angeler D, Milestad R, Moen J. 2014. Applying resilience thinking to production ecosystems. Ecosphere 5(6), 1-11.

Spångberg J, Tidåker P, Jönsson H. 2014. Environmental impact of recycling nutrients in human excreta to agriculture compared with enhanced wastewater treatment. Science of the Total Environment 493, 209-219.

Spångberg J, Jönsson H, Tidåker P, 2013. Bringing nutrients from sea to land – mussels as fertiliser from a life cycle perspective. Journal of Cleaner production 51, 234-244.

Tidåker P, Sjöberg C, Jönsson H. 2007. Local recycling of plant nutrients from small-scale wastewater systems to farmland – A Swedish scenario study. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 49, 388-405.



Senior Lecturer at the Department of Energy and Technology; Agricultural technology and systems
Telephone: +4618671869
Postal address:
Inst för energi och teknik, Box 7032
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala