Professor Belinda Reyers is director of the GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development) programme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The GRAID is a long-term collaboration funded by Sida to build on the Centre’s ongoing extensive academic research in the theory and practice of resilience for development. Her current research involves regional and international collaborations, which aim to integrate knowledge on social-ecological systems and their role in supporting resilient societies into the policies and practices of decision makers. This work has supported several new collaborations between science and the private and public sectors in unlocking new investments, policy shifts and partnerships for improved ecosystem stewardship.
Belinda received her PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2001. She then worked as a senior lecturer at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch in South Africa until 2004. Subsequently, she established and led the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she also worked as a Chief Scientist until 2015. She is currently also an extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Belinda has held and is currently engaged with a number of programmes, councils, and journals. For example:
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2017-03-02
Our ambitious programme to apply resilience thinking to the challenges of poverty alleviation, human well-being and the maintenance of planetary life-supporting systems is picking up pace
Research news | 2017-01-27
Areas with high levels of direct ecosystem service use among households coincides with areas characterised by relatively low levels of human well-being
Research news | 2016-10-17
An integrated perspective of humans-in-nature more important than ever for both science and development
Research news | 2016-02-22
New Sida funded programme to strengthen connections between resilience thinking and development
2017 - Journal / article
The imperative to measure progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has resulted in a proliferation of targets and indicators fed by an ever-expanding set of observations. This proliferation undermines one principal purpose of the SDGs: to provide a framework for coordinated action across policy domains. Systems approaches to defining Essential Variables have focused monitoring of climate, biodiversity and oceans a...
2016 - Journal / article
Humanity has emerged as a major force in the operation of the biosphere. The focus is shifting from the environment as externality to the biosphere as precondition for social justice, economic development, and sustainability. In this article, we exemplify the intertwined nature of social-ecological systems and emphasize that they operate within, and as embedded parts of the biosphere and as such coevolve with and depend on it...
2015 - Journal / article
Sustainable development goals (SDGs), which recognise the interconnections between social, economic and ecological systems, have ignited new interest in indicators able to integrate trends in – and interactions between – nature and socio-economic development. We explore whether existing global data can be used to measure nature's contribution to development targets and explore limitations in these data. Using Millennium Develo...
2015 - Journal / article
Achieving the policy and practice shifts needed to secure ecosystem services is hampered by the inherent complexities of ecosystem services and their management. Methods for the participatory production and exchange of knowledge offer an avenue to navigate this complexity together with the beneficiaries and managers of ecosystem services. We develop and apply a knowledge coproduction approach based on social–ecological systems...