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Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist

Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS.
Associate Professor of History, Stockholm University.
Associate Professor of Physical Geography, Stockholm University.

Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist is a historian and palaeoclimatologist at Stockholm University. He
started his academic career as a medieval historian, but has increasingly conducted research within
palaeoclimatology (climate history), using mainly natural “proxy” archives (tree-ring data etc.) to
reconstruct and understand temperature and hydroclimate variability during the past two millennia,
as well as to study climatic impacts on human history. His current research interests range from
the link between past climate variability and historical harvest yields, the effect of plague outbreaks
on the history of European building activity, the efficiency and integration of the early modern
European grain market, to socio-political aspects of historical food (in)security. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities awarded Ljungqvist the Rettig Prize 2022 for his “inter-
disciplinary work concerning climate and disease in a long-term perspective that demonstrate the
importance of humanistic and historical perspectives on crucial contemporary issues”. Ljungqvist
is an experienced university teacher and is also actively engaged in popular science and public
outreach activities. He is the author of four popular science books – for the first two of which he
was awarded the Clio Prize in 2016 – and frequently gives popular science lectures and makes
contributions to media.

Among Ljungqvist’s more recent key publications are the articles “Linking European building
activity with plague history” in Journal of Archaeological Science (2018), “Climate and society
in European history” in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change (2021), “The significance
of climate variability on early modern European grain prices” in Cliometrica (2022), and the mono-
graph Quantitative Approaches to Medieval Swedish Law (2022).

As a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, he leads the interdisciplinary project “Disentangling socio-political
and climatic factors for food insecurity in early modern Europe (c. 1500–1800)”.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2022-23.