Our team in April 2019, Kräftriket, Stockholm Resilience Centre (by Ashley Perl).
Maja’s research focuses on the conceptual foundations of SES as intertwined, complex adaptive systems and on developing explanations of social-ecological phenomena such as regime shifts, sustainable management or traps. She develops methodology that can capture the complex, dynamic and intertwined nature of SES, e.g. through interdisciplinary processes that combine dynamic modelling with case study research.
Projects: MuSES, CauSES, SE-AS, MoHuB2 Interests: causation; middle-range theory; agent-based modelling, modelling human behavior, process philosophy
Nanda’s research focuses on understanding and formalising of human behaviour in and on social-ecological systems. She utilises agent-based modelling (computational simulation) to integrate and formalise case or expert knowledge, (social) theory and connecting to other methods to contribute to a deeper understanding.
Projects: PhiZa-Fish, AgentEx, COBA, FIBE Interests: Agent-based modelling, social simulation, social cognitive modelling, group dynamics, cooperation, complex systems
Emilie interests are to understand aspects of sustainability and resilience of social-ecological systems by using agent-based models and other simulation models using artificial intelligence. Her postdoc is based in the MAREA project on human-nature interactions in small-scale fisheries.
Projects: SMILI—Small-scale fisheries agent-based model Interests: Agent-based modelling, Social-ecological systems, Small-scale fisheries, Complex adaptive systems
Romina is passionate about simulation model development and analysis to better understand complex phenomena. This activity, she feels, becomes most meaningful for the purpose of untangling ecological dynamics which are in various ways intertwined with the human ingenuity to celebrate a more or less sustainable lifestyle. Her applied methods range from agent-based, system dynamics modeling to diverse participatory approaches. She works since 2013 at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and currently mainly in the project LimnoScenES.
Interests: Lake and watershed management, ecosystem service co-production, mixed-coupled models, pastoralism, serious games. Previous projects:AQUACROSS (2015-2018), LimnoTip (2013-2015)
Tilman explores to what extent process and relational philosophy can help us further analyze and understand social-ecological systems (SES), particularly with respect to emergent phenomena and with respect to what we mean by "change" and "novelty". A further interest of Tilman lies in studying and developing approaches to disclosing and bridging the many different ontologies and epistemologies used in SES research in view of fostering transdisciplinary knowledge integration.
Maria's research focuses on understanding social-ecological systems from a process-relational perspective. She associates theoretical work, reflecting on the use of concepts borrowed from philosophy for the study of SES, with empirical work, investigating relational notions of social-ecological identity and agency.
Jamila Haider studies the relationship between persistent poverty and biocultural diversity. Her PhD explores how development interventions can improve human well-being without eroding the cultural and agricultural biodiversity that makes a given place unique and is important for global resilience.
Projects: Social-Ecological mechanisms of poverty traps; Rethinking development in the context of co-evolution Interests: social-ecological response diversity; traps; biocultural diversity; agroecology; development.
Sonja’s research is focused on mathematical modelling of social-ecological systems (SES). She uses dynamical system models to capture intertwinedness and complexity of SES and study phenomena such as poverty traps or regime shifts. Other research interests include developing dynamical systems perspective for analysis of causation in SES.
Andrew focuses on understanding how scale affects dynamics and governance in social-ecological systems (SESs). He uses stylized mathematical and numerical models to study interactions between processes occurring at different length, time and organisational scales, and how these relate to nonlinear system behaviours such as regime shifts. He aims to understand fundamental principles of scaling, multiscale and cross-scale dynamics in SESs, to help improve governance practices, particularly in agricultural systems and fisheries.
Kirill uses a combination of agent-based modelling and qualitative methods (such as process tracing and document analysis) to study the coevolution of social-ecological systems and policy. In particular, his research looks at how interest groups influence policy change and adaptation. He explores this issue in his PhD through the case of 2013 EU Common Fisheries Policy reform.
Projects: EU Common Fisheries Policy, PoliSEA, Baltic Sea, SES typology, FIBE Interests: policy change, adaptive governance, interest groups, environmental policy, social-ecological systems, mixed methods
Laura´s work is driven by the motivation to unveil, synthesize and experiment with cross-scale interactions. It is framed in terms of complex adaptive systems. Specifically, she looks at pervasive global patterns of trade and climate change that interact with ecosystem services and human welfare.
Projects: Implications of cross-scale market integration for sustainable fisheries Interests: co-evolving structures of civilized environment; cross-scale interactions; equation-based modelling
Blanca brings together empirical knowledge of small-scale fisheries and small-scale agriculture, and diverse methodologies to understand social-ecological systems across scales. She is currently using network analysis and agent-based models as her main analytical tools to study trade relationships and their interactions with food production.
Rodrigo’s main interest is producing and synthesizing knowledge that is useful to spark or navigate change of social-ecological systems for them to become sustainable and fair. Currently, he is exploring the explanatory power of realist social theory to understand transformative processes of linked social-ecological systems.
Projects: The role of academic actors in social-ecological transformative processes Interests: social-ecological transformations, realist social theory, structure and agency, top-down interventions, bottom-up change