Research interests

environmental social sciences, urban ecology, perception of the urban environment and biodiversity, well-being, human-nature interactions

Professional experiences

2022 - present Post-Doc in environmental sciences, Social Sciences in Landscape Research Group, WSL


2020 - 2022 Scientific collaborator in research and teaching (Postdoc), Institute for Landscape Planning and Ecology, University of Stuttgart, Germany


2019 - 2020 Research Fellow in urban ecology, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK


2015 - 2019 Ph.D. in environmental sciences. Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK. Thesis: Understanding the conservation potential of urban greenspaces in Sub-Saharan Africa. Supervised by Prof. M. Dallimer, Prof. W. E. Kunin and Prof. A. J. Dougill. Funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


2012 - 2014 M.Sc. in biology, specialisation in ecology. Lund University, Sweden, in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Master thesis: Assessing the effects of agroforestry practices on biological control potential in kale plantations in Western Kenya. Supervised by Dr. M. Jonnsson and Dr. R. Kaartinen.


2009 - 2012 B.Sc. in biology and ethnology. Neuchâtel University, Switzerland.


Guenat, S., Purnell, P., Davies, Z.G., Nawrath, M., Stringer, L.C., ..., Dallimer, M., 2022. Meeting sustainable development goals via robotics and autonomous systems. Nat. Commun. 13, 3559.


Cerda, C., Guenat, S., Egerer, M., Fischer, L.K., 2022. Home food gardening: benefits and barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Santiago, Chile. Front. Sustain. Food Syst. 6, 1–13.


Nawrath, M., Guenat, S., Elsey, H., Dallimer, M., 2021. Exploring uncharted territory: Do urban greenspaces support mental health in low- and middle-income countries? Environ. Res. 194, 110625.


Guenat, S., Porras Lopez, G., Mkwambisi, D.D., Dallimer, M., 2021. Unpacking stakeholder perceptions of the benefits and challenges associated with urban greenspaces in Sub-Saharan Africa. Front. Environ. Sci. 9, 1–12.


Goddard, M.A., Davies, Z.G., Guenat, S., Ferguson, M.J., Fisher, J.C., ..., Dallimer, M., 2021. A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 5, 219–230.


Guenat, S., Dougill, A.J., Dallimer, M., 2020. Social network analysis reveals a lack of support for greenspace conservation. Landsc. Urban Plan. 204, 103928.


Guenat, S., Dougill, A.J., Kunin, W.E., Dallimer, M., 2019. Untangling the motivations of different stakeholders for urban greenspace conservation in sub-Saharan Africa. Ecosyst. Serv. 36, 100904.


Guenat, S., Kunin, W.E., Dougill, A.J., Dallimer, M., 2019. Effects of urbanisation and management practices on pollinators in tropical Africa. J. Appl. Ecol. 56, 214–224.


Guenat, S., Kaartinen, R., Jonsson, M., 2019. Shade trees decrease pest abundances on brassica crops in Kenya. Agrofor. Syst. 93, 641–652.


du Toit, M.J., Cilliers, S.S., Dallimer, M., Goddard, M., Guenat, S., Cornelius, S.F., 2018. Urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services in sub-Saharan Africa. Landsc. Urban Plan. 180, 249–261.