The Resilience 2017 conference is organized by Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Resilience Alliance organizes.
20-23 August, 2017
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre
Nils Ericsons Plan 4
111 57 Stockholm
Themes of the conference
- Social-ecological transformations for sustainability: This theme will focus on the frontier of deliberate transformations to sustainability by exploring solutions compatible with both people and planet. Considering the many global environmental problems that we face today, and that human activity is emerging as a major force shaping the Earth system, it is becoming clear that we need to facilitate, catalyze and identify opportunities for transformations to sustainability. This needs to happen at a rate and scale that the challenges of the Anthropocene call for. This conference theme will explore the frontiers in the research field around sustainability transformations – looking at potential solutions to the global challenges that can contribute to creating good lives for people today and in the future, while at the same time strengthen Earth’s life support system. We invite sessions and presentations on a wide range of topics that relate to sustainability transformations, such as patterns and dynamics of transformation in social-ecological systems, the role of social and technical innovation and agency in driving transformational change, and critical analyses of the dynamics of scale in order to understand how promising innovations, currently being promoted, can tip the social-ecological system into a new, sustainable pathway.
- Connectivity and cross-scale dynamics in the Anthropocene: This theme will explore global complex interactions, effects and activities that in the context of increasing biosphere-disconnect, aim to reconnect people to the planet. Airline traffic, shipping routes and land-based cargo physically connect the world, whereas increasingly global markets, financial flows and corporations connect distant ecosystems to consumers. The flow of ideas and information is in turn shaping global perceptions about the challenges and opportunities on a human-dominated planet. The effects of human activities are increasingly obvious on both poles, in the deserts, and in the deep sea, but paradoxically, it is also becoming increasingly clear how functioning ecosystems shape the physical and emotional well-being of humans. Increasingly connected societies and novel connections between humans and ecosystems are generating teleconnected and surprising dynamics. What is also becoming evident is the pervasive ability of societies to adapt and transform in the face of change – how ideas and innovation can spread on a connected planet. We invite sessions and presentations that will explore these complex interactions, from cascading ecosystem effects across the planet to the “contagious” rise of urban gardening and analogous activities aimed to reconnect societies to the biosphere.
- Multi-level governance and biosphere stewardship: This theme will explore how people in various contexts can strengthen the capacity of the biosphere to support human wellbeing in the face of change. Humans across the globe depend on, influence, and are part of an intricate web of life that forms the biosphere. A major challenge is to meet human needs and aspirations in ways that nurture instead of erode the capacity of the biosphere to support future generations. Biosphere stewardship is about maintaining the diversity of living systems and their capacity to support human wellbeing in face of change and uncertainty. Stewardship emerges from human-nature interactions that engage with complexity through continuous learning. Examples range from urban gardening to wetland restoration and sustainable fisheries, involving actors, networks and organizations. Multi-level governance connects local initiatives to regional, national and international decision-making , enabling stewardship and allowing for context-specific responses to change at an appropriate time and scale. This conference theme invites sessions and presentations that advance theory and practice of biosphere stewardship and multi-level governance. For example: What characterizes governance structures and processes that enable stewardship at multiple scales? What shapes and forms can stewardship take in an urbanizing and increasingly connected world?
- Approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics: This theme will focus on inter- and transdisciplinary scientific approaches that can support research and understanding of social-ecological interactions in the Anthropocene. Analyzing the challenges and opportunities of the Anthropocene, with a specific focus on human-environmental interactions, requires innovative approaches and methodologies. This ranges from novel method development within the field of sustainability science itself, to combining traditional methods from the natural and social sciences and the humanities in new and creative ways to address sustainability questions, and to engaging with stakeholders in processes specifically designed to co-create knowledge and solve particular problems. While discussions on approaches and methods will surface in all conference themes, this theme will specifically focus on the inter- and transdisciplinary scientific approaches and theories that may best support research in the Anthropocene, in order to genuinely debate and understand social-ecological interactions in the 21st century.
A detailed programme will be available at the website in July.
- KATRINA BROWN: Katrina Brown is Professor of Social Science at the University of Exeter, UK, working at the interface between international development, environmental change and resilience. Her research focuses on how individuals and societies understand and respond to change, and their different capacities for adaptation and transformation. Committed to interdisciplinary research on sustainability, she has led several international research teams to examine environmental change and poverty alleviation in developing countries. Her 2016 book, ‘Resilience, Development and Global Change’ develops a human-centred perspective on resilience for development, highlighting resistance, rootedness and resourcefulness.
- HARINI NAGENDRA: Harini Nagendra is a Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, India. Her research focuses on the impact of urbanization on ecological sustainability, the role of institutions on forest change, and the use of remote sensing for conservation. She is a Scientific Steering Committee member of the Global Land Project and Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society. In 2013, Harini received the Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award for her research and practice on the urban commons. She also writes extensively for the public through newspapers, blogs and other fora. Her 2016 book ‘Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future’ examines the impact of urbanization on human-nature relationships, and the implications for urban resilience in the global South.
- MARTEN SCHEFFER: Marten Scheffer, Professor, leads the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group at Wageningen University and the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies’ SARAS. He is interested in unraveling the mechanisms that determine the stability and resilience of complex systems. Examples include the feedback between atmospheric carbon and the earth temperature, the collapse of ancient societies, inertia and shifts in public opinion, evolutionary emergence of patterns of species similarity, the effect of climatic extremes on forest dynamics and the balance of facilitation and competition in plant communities. He now works on finding generic early warning signals for critical transitions.
- BRIGITTE BAPTISTE: Brigitte Baptiste is the General Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute, Colombia. With an educational backbone in biology and Latin American Studies, she has extensive experience from numerous national ecology projects spanning from conservation and environmental planning and analysis of territorial transformation processes, to biocomplexity, bio-speleology (cave biology) and biopolitics. She is also interested in gender and culture themes. Brigitte is a member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (MEP/ IPBES), representing Latin America.
- CARL FOLKE: Carl Folke is a Professor and Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He has extensive experience in transdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social scientists, and is one of the world’s most cited researchers across all disciplines. Carl has worked with ecosystem dynamics and services as well as the social and economic dimension of ecosystem management and proactive measures to manage resilience. He is an elected member of both the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
- FRANCES WESTLEY: Frances Westley is the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research focuses on the dynamics of social innovation, and institutional entrepreneurship in complex adaptive systems. She is also one of the principle leads behind Social Innovation Generation, a Canadian wide initiative in social innovation. Frances serves on numerous advisory and editorial boards and was previously director at Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has held the position of James McGill Professor of Strategy at McGill University’s Faculty of Management.
- JOHAN ROCKSTRÖM: Johan Rockström is a Professor in Environmental Science at Stockholm University, and the Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, where he, e.g., led the recent development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. He has more than 100 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability. He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.