Since its inception in 2007, the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) has developed into a world-leading sustainability science centre that aims to advance theory and practice for the resilience of social-ecological systems to address the complex challenges facing humanity. SRC engages deeply across scales in its research, education, and as a convener, from local initiatives to global policy arenas, with nongovernmental actors, Indigenous peoples, government, and business sectors.
In 2016, SRC received support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for the GRAID programme. GRAID serves as a knowledge partner to the Global Resilience Partnership, where it aims to bring together the worlds of resilience thinking and development practice.
We believe in the importance of reconnecting to the biosphere. We must stop considering nature as something separate from society, because people and nature are truly intertwined in what we refer to as social-ecological systems. Development can no longer be done without an increased understanding of nature’s role for our own survival and well-being, and, how our actions impact the planet.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre’s vision is a world where social-ecological systems are understood, governed and navigated, to enhance human well-being and the capacity to deal with complexity and change, for the sustainable co-evolution of human societies with the biosphere. We believe that our contribution and role in working towards this vision is to lead high-impact, and innovative research, and combine that with our skills as international conveners at the science, policy, and practice interface, while training both existing practitioners and future generations in the latest advances of sustainability science.
In its GRAID programme, the SRC’s mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and use of resilience as an integral part of sustainable development for achieving poverty alleviation, long term human wellbeing, and the maintenance of planetary life-support systems. GRAID’s efforts focus on synthesizing and further developing knowledge on resilience and its application in international development arenas
All our work is rooted in the science we do. Our research is based on innovative methodologies and extensive collaboration across disciplines and with society. While all our research is focused on sustainability, we cover a wide range of topics; from healthy and sustainable food, to the greening of cities, to new financial markets. Research produced at the centre has spurred new thinking on sustainability within science, policy and business. The Stockholm Resilience Centre attracts researchers from around the world, and our research is often published in high-impact scientific journals.
The GRAID programme
“Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development” (GRAID) is a programme hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Addressing poverty and inequality while advancing human well-being remains a major ambition and challenge for the 21st century. Now development needs to take into account the context of the Anthropocene – an increasingly complex, dynamic and hyper-connected world characterized by accelerating changes and growing pressures on resources. The Anthropocene changes how we must think about our world and the planet we live on. This has profound implications for development.
Through promoting an approach to sustainable development that considers the Anthropocene’s complexity, turbulence and speed, GRAID brings the worlds of resilience thinking and development practice together to explore these implications and their solutions.
Our new free online MOOC
The course, Transforming Development: The Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking
, is a collaboration between the Sida funded programme, Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development (GRAID)
which is hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition
at Stellenbosch University and the SDG Academy
Launching 30 April 2018, this seven week course primarily targets development practitioners and those interested in sustainable development issues, and aims to explore how concepts from resilience may help us re-think how development is currently done in practice. With more than 30 lectures from 31 researchers and practitioners, and case studies from nearly every continent, we will explore topics such as: the role of social innovation and transformation, the changing nature of global and local linkages, new forms of stewardship and governance that include multiple ways of knowing, and how we collectively imagine and build new ideas for fundamentally different futures.
Read more about the course and enroll here