Director of studies, Master's programme

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Staff profile

Miriam is a researcher and involved in education as director of Studies for Bachelor and Master’s level studies, and head of the Master’s programme, Social-ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development

Profile summary

  • Transdisciplinary approaches
  • Teaching sustainability science
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Resilience assessments

Miriam works intensively on education activities at the SRC, and has done so since its inception. She was part of the team that planned and structured the Master’s programme in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development (SERSD), and has been director of the programme. Her work here involves overseeing the programme's contents and progression, following students during their time here, as well as teaching course modules.

As of 2017 Miriam will take on two new roles related to education and training: the role of director of studies for Bachelor’s and Master’s level studies, and co-ordination of training and capacity building components of GRAID’s Module 2.

Miriam’s current research has built on her experience in transdisciplinary approaches to understanding social-ecological systems. For example, during the last three years Miriam worked with the Arctic Resilience Report co-ordinating the collection and analysis of case studies for the report together with her colleagues Juan Rocha and Garry Peterson.

Miriam began her academic career at the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University where she wrote her doctoral thesis. Her research focused on the mis-matches between institutions and the ecosystems they attend to, using the shrimp farming industry in Thailand and the lobster and conch fisheries in Belize as examples.

Her findings demonstrated that even severe changes in a resource and/or its environment can have limited impact on the institutions governing its use. Furthermore, while many expect a well-structured and successful social system related to resource use to respond to changes in the system they depend on, this is not necessarily the case. It is not possible to study the social or ecological system in isolation if one wants to understand the dynamics between resource users and their resource base. The social-ecological system needs to be the point of departure.

On completion of her thesis, she spent a year with the Albaeco and enjoyed taking part in various projects that Albaeco have been engaged in, including its very successful exhibition Manna — Food in a New Light.

Awards and achievements:

  • The Swedish Higher Education Authority’s evaluation of the SERSD programme rated the programme to be of “very high quality”. The Swedish Higher Education Authority evaluated 39 programmes in environmental science similar subjects, at 15 different universities. The programmes were evaluated on five assessment points. The majority (27) of the programmes were considered to be of "high quality”, eight were considered inadequate. Only three programmes were considered to be of "very high quality", including the SERSD Master’s programme, which was the only programme to receive the highest possible ranking on all five assessment points (2013)


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Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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