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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.
Researcher, Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University

Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist is an 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 to the
effect of plague outbreaks on the history of European building activity, socio-political aspects of
historical food (in)security, and the legal content of medieval Scandinavian laws. Ljungqvist spent
time between 2017 and 2019 as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Geography, University of
Cambridge, and has close research collaborations across Europe and in China. He is an experienced
university teacher and is also actively engaged in popular science and public outreach activities. He
is the author of three 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 “Northern Hemisphere hydroclimate
variability over the past twelve centuries” in Nature (2016), “Linking European building activity with
plague history” in Journal of Archaeological Science (2018), “Centennial-scale temperature change
in last millennium simulations and proxy-based reconstructions” in Journal of Climate (2019), and
the monograph Lagfäst kungamakt under högmedeltiden (Legally Regulated Royal Power during the
High Middle Ages, 2016).

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 2020-21.