Beatrice is one of the leaders of the ‘Patterns of the Anthropocene’ research stream at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. She also leads a research programme, Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere, at the Royal Academy of Science with a focus on global economic dynamics and the biosphere. As such, a large part of her more recent work has focused on understanding different types of emerging global connectivities and their effects on social-ecological outcomes at multiple scales.
She also supervises a number of SRC PhD students working on various aspects of marine related issues; from small-scale fisheries value chains, to global trade of marine resources and financial flows.
Beatrice has a joint major in Biology and Geology (BioGeo) from Stockholm University. She holds a MSc in Marine Ecotoxicology, and a PhD in Systems Ecology from Stockholm University, which focused on mangrove ecology and marine governance.
In 2007-2008 she held a postdoc at the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity at Arizona State University with Professor Marty Anderies, which focused on adaptive governance and science policy interactions related to water.
She returned to Sweden in 2008 to take up a position as Assistant Professor (funded by Formas) at SRC where she applied a transdisciplinary perspective on natural resource management, with particular focus on the capacity of the social system to maintain sustainable provision of ecosystem services. Beatrice now holds a Researcher position at SRC and leads a research program at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Beatrice has been involved in developing the SRC-EAT research agenda and continues to be involved in the SRC-EAT research and outreach related activities. She is part of the EAT-Lancet commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (2016-2017).
She was a member of the SRC Strategic Advisory Council from 2011-2014, and has been part of educational initiatives directed at dignitaries, such as the Swedish Crown Princess.
She has led hackathons in collaboration with the fishing industry, and has helped improve reporting guidelines for fisheries improvement projects in collaboration with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. She is also a long-time Subject Editor for the academic journal, Ecology and Society.
In 2001, in collaboration with Bror Fredrik Jönsson and Thomas Hahn, Bea helped develop the popular Stockholm University Bachelor-level course ‘Världens Eko,’ which is still offered annually.
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2017-04-25
Special issue in the journal Ecology & Society on the sustainable stewardship of social-ecological systems
Research news | 2017-03-09
Study looks at relationships within small-scale fishery market systems, moving beyond economics transactions and fisher-trader connections
Research news | 2016-08-03
How to develop and manage networks to solve complex social issues, in particular how to develop holistic approaches to environmental management
Research news | 2016-06-23
Songwriter PJ Harvey provides inspiration for paper calling for radically new thinking within marine research
2017 - Journal / article
Marine ecosystem science has developed since the 1940s, when humans obtained the ability to spend substantial time underneath the surface of the ocean. Since then, and drawing on several decades of scientific advances, a number of exciting research frontiers have emerged. We find: Understanding interacting drivers of change, Identifying thresholds in ecosystems, and Investigating social-ecological dynamics to represent particu...
2017 - Journal / article
This article addresses the connections between value chain actors in the tropical-marine small-scale fisheries of Zanzibar, Tanzania, to contribute to a better understanding of the fisher-trader link and how connections in general might feed into livelihood security. A sample of 168 fishers and 130 traders was taken across 8 sites through questionnaires and observations. The small-scale fishery system is mapped using a value c...
2016 - Journal / article
This paper aims to move the theoretical and empirical work on the role of social capital and leadership in natural resource governance (particularly fisheries) forward by deepening the discussion around the conceptualization and operationalization of social capital. We also extend empirical work on TURF performance by examining multiple social and ecological outcomes. We put forth four theoretically informed propositions about...
2016 - Journal / article
This paper addresses a systemic approach for the study of fishers’ ecological knowledge in order to describe fishers’ ways of knowing and dealing with complexity in ecosystems, and discusses how knowledge is generated through, e.g. apprenticeship, experiential knowledge, and testing of hypotheses. The description and analysis of fishers’ ecological knowledge has been done using the Structure – Dynamics–Functions conceptual...