Dr Rebecka Henriksson Malinga

Dr Rebecka Henriksson Malinga

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Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR)

Agriculture Campus

University of KwaZulu-Natal




Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr. Rebecka Henriksson Malinga graduated with an MSc in Biology in 2005 from Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University, Sweden. After a couple of years working with environmental and waste management at a Swedish municipality, she came back to Stockholm University to continue with her academic career. During the first year of Dr. Henriksson Malinga’s PhD studies she commenced her field work in the Drakensberg, hosted by the CWRR (then BEEH). For the remainder of her PhD studies she resided in South Africa and was based at CWRR (/BEEH) as a visiting researcher. In 2016 Dr. Henriksson Malinga graduated with a PhD in Sustainability Science from Stockholm Resilience Centre, with her study of the social-ecological dimensions of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes in South Africa and Sweden.

Dr. Henriksson Malinga joined the CWRR in 2017 as a postdoc researcher studying smallholder sugar producers’ socioeconomic and environmental challenges and vulnerabilities to climate change in Malawi under the Future Climate for Africa project “Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications” (UMFULA). Her research interests are related to gender and equity issues within agricultural landscapes in Southern Africa, specifically smallholder farming systems. Her current focus is decision-making at various levels, and factors shaping and influencing the sustainability of land, water and natural resources management.

Dr. Henriksson Malinga is the editor of CWRR’s monthly newsletter and coordinates the CWRR seminar series “Research on Tap”, which runs seminars with CWRR members and external visitors.


PhD (Sustainability Science), Stockholm University, 2016
Thesis Title: Ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes: a study on farming and farmer in South Africa and Sweden.

MSc (Biology), Stockholm University, 2005
Thesis Title: Effects of Farmed Seaweeds in seagrasses and associated macrophytes in Chwaka bay, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Current Research Projects

Selected Recent Publications

  • Henriksson Malinga, R., R. Lindborg, E. Andersson, G. Jewitt, and L.J. Gordon. 2018. On the other side of the ditch: Exploring contrasting ecosystem service co-production between smallholder and commercial agriculture. Ecology & Society Society 23(4):9. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10380-230409
  • Lindborg, R., L.J. Gordon, R. Malinga, J. Bengtsson, G. Peterson, R. Bommarco, L. Deutsch, Å. Gren, M. Rundlöf, and H.G. Smith. 2017. How spatial scale shapes the generation and management of multiple ecosystem services. Ecosphere 8(4):e01741. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1741
  • Andersson, E., B. Nykvist, R. Malinga, F. Jaramillo, and R. Lindborg. 2015. A social–ecological analysis of ecosystem services in two different farming systems. Ambio 44(Suppl. 1):S102-S112. doi: 10.1007/s13280-014-0603-y
  • Malinga, R., L.J. Gordon, G. Jewitt, and R. Lindborg. 2015. Mapping ecosystem services across scales and continents – A review. Ecosystem Services 13:57-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.01.006
  • Malinga, R., L.J. Gordon, R. Lindborg, and G. Jewitt. 2013. Using participatory scenario planning to identify ecosystem services in changing landscapes. Ecology and Society 18(4):10. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05494-180410