The thematic focus of Wijnand’s research at SRC can be summarized broadly as the social dynamics and relations that shape the primary use of natural resources. His case studies - located in The Netherlands, Malawi, Australia, Vietnam, and Sweden - include investigations of how farmers and fishers impact and depend upon terrestrial and marine ecologies. He is particularly interested in understanding (mis)matches between the values, interests of farmers and fishers and the social and ecological opportunities to realize their preferred farming and fishing styles. He strives to construct case studies through a mixed-method design that includes qualitative and quantitative methods.
At SRC he also works to develop social scientific theory and method for the study of natural resource use, to contribute to the development of sustainability science in research and education. He supervises students at both MSc and PhD levels, and teaches courses at both levels. Furthermore, he also acts as an associate editor for the journal Ambio: A journal of the Human Environment, which is published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Springer.
From an early age Wijnand has been fascinated by the diverse ways in which humans work with and dependent on nature. This fascination led him to scientifically study rural life as a MSc student (1995-2000) in Rural Development Studies, and as a PhD student (2001-2006) in Rural Sociology at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He also worked at the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences (2006-2010), the department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University (2015-2018), and spent 10 months as visiting professor at the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources and Human Ecology at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA (2016-2017).
Results of his research have been published in several international, peer-reviewed journals. He has also written book chapters and several popular scientific essays in the form of blogs.
Emma Björkvik, PhD candidate
Jamila Haider, PhD candidate
Niak Koh, PhD candidate
Jennifer Hinton, PhD candidate
Vera Telemo, MSc cadidate
Mira Gartz, MSc candidate
Conall Ó Duibhir, MSc candidate
Research news | 2017-07-01
New study examines how a change in migration patterns of the northeast Atlantic mackerel led to intergovernmental dispute
Research news | 2016-12-09
New study looks at commitment to fisheries regulations and why it is a matter of quality rather than quantity
Research news | 2016-07-21
New understanding of power shows important relations between humans and nature
Research news | 2016-07-13
New study explores new ways of describing the connection between people and planet
2017 - Journal / article
The concept of a poverty trap—commonly understood as a self-reinforcing situation beneath an asset threshold—has been very influential in describing the persistence of poverty and the relationship between poverty and sustainability. Although traps, and the dynamics that lead to traps, are defined and used differently in different disciplines, the concept of a poverty trap has been most powerfully shaped by work in development ...
2017 - Journal / article
A recurrent critique of the proposition of a causal relation between environmental change and social conflict is that it fails to account for the complexities and dynamics of processes of social-ecological change. In this article, we open the black box of contextual factors that influence the causal pathway from environmental change to social conflict. Firstly, we argue for the consideration of three social factors that influe...
2017 - Newspaper and media input
Our global food system has two opposing faces. It has almost one billion people suffering from hunger, while nearly the same number suffers from obesity. This is also a world where people struggle daily to obtain enough food, and where people waste more than that same amount every day. Global warming and extreme weather events are expected to increase the volatility of ecosystems and thereby stunt the productivity of agricultu...
2016 - Journal / article
A substantial amount of scientific effort goes into understanding and measuring compliance in fisheries. Understanding why, how and when fishers follow or violate rules is crucial for designing effective fishery policies that can halt overfishing. Non-compliance was initially explained almost exclusively with reference to economic and self-interested motivations. More recently, however, most explanations involve a combination ...