Stockholm Resilience Centre advances research on the governance of social-ecological systems with a special emphasis on resilience - the ability to deal with change and continue to develop
The Stockholm Resilience Centre was established on 1 January 2007.
The vision of the centre is a world where social-ecological systems are understood, governed and managed, to enhance human well-being and the capacity to deal with complexity and change, for the sustainable co-evolution of human civilizations with the biosphere.
"Our societies are an integrated part of the biosphere and dependent upon functioning ecosystems. That is why they need to manage ecosystems so that they can handle the future's challenges and maintain our capacity to evolve in a positive way," says scientific director Carl Folke.
The mission of Stockholm Resilience Centre is to advance research for governance and management of social-ecological systems to secure ecosystem services for human wellbeing and resilience for long-term sustainability. The Centre applies and further develops the scientific advancements of this research within practice, policy, and in academic training.
"By combining new forms of cooperation with a holistic perspective, they hope to generate the insights that are needed to strengthen societies' and the ecosystems' capacities to meet a world which spins faster and faster," says Folke.
The centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
The centre is placed under the Faculty of Science at Stockholm University but governed by an independent international board. The international board is responsible for the strategic direction of the centre, the scientific and communication achievements, the organisational structure and development, and the financial performance of the centre.
It collaborates closely with Albaeco with strategic science communication and training.
The centre is funded by the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra.
Centre research is organised into themes that address different issues of resilience, adaptation, vulnerability and transformation.
The themes are:
• -Global dynamics
• -Regime shifts