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:
Research news | 2016-11-25
Amid rapid change, new Arctic Resilience Report identifies 19 tipping points and need to prepare for surprises
Educational news | 2011-10-12
Course leaders explain key issues and what students can expect from it
Research news | 2011-06-21
Current market system drives fisheries to the brink and blocks sustainable fishing
General news | 2009-09-04
Presented at key Swedish Presidency meeting 4-6 September, Sweden.
2011 - Book chapter
2011 - Book chapter
Publication review This chapter is part of a book which is organized into four major parts. Part 1 gives the theoretical framework from an ecological, economic and political perspectives. Part 2 explores how internationally traded biophysical commodities from agriculture, forestry and fisheries translates into a virtual flow of land, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Part 3 describes how two widely used accounting tools (i.e...
2009 - Report
Publication review This report is a scientific background report intended to support deliberations at the high level meeting “Visions for Biodiversity Beyond 2010 - People, Ecosystem Services and the Climate Crisis" in Strömstad, 7-9 September, during the Swedish EU Presidency. It calls for a better management of the dynamics between social-ecological systems. - Halting biodiversity loss and sustaining ecosystem services for...