Resilience and Sustainable Development: Integrated research on social-ecological systems

Project leader

Funding source

Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2005
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 25000000 SEK


Recent research have generated new insights in understanding complex social-ecological systems and the significance of resilience (capacity to absorb disturbance and continue to develop) for an ecologically sustainable societal development. The four research institutes behind the application, with widespread international networks of collaboration, contributes to this development. The research program is a collaboration between the Centre for Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (CTM), Stockholm University, The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). The application takes an integrated social-natural sciences perspective and focuses on 1) basic processes of resilience in social-ecological systems, features behind loss of resilience and interactions across scales, 2) Emergence of governance systems across spatial and temporal scales that can cope with uncertainty and vulnerability in social-ecological systems and 3) To what extent there is a need to revise current approaches to economic policy, indicators of wealth, and governance in the light of complex systems and cross-scale interactions The objective of the program is to create a long-term platform för young promising researchers that work with interdisciplinary issues of sustainability, in order to build on the current foundation and the strong competence under development.

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