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David is studying integrated assessment tools and modeling for global sustainability as part of the EU-funded ‘Adaptation to a New Economic Reality’ project. ‘Adaptation to a New Economic Reality’ is a joint project between Stockholm University, the University of Iceland, and Blaise Pascal University in Clermont Ferrand, France. It aims to contribute to developing new economic thinking based on knowledge of global resources availability, and is divided in three parts: sustainable resource management, integrated economic systems assessment, and integrating society and economics.
David has a background in system dynamics and holds a joint European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) from the University of Bergen (MPhil) and the New University of Lisbon. He also holds an MSc in Business Administration from Radboud University (Netherlands), an MSc in Political Sciences from Uppsala University, and a BSc in Political Sciences, with an Economics, major from Uppsala University.
David has worked within the associated negotiation processes at United Nations for the European Union and through the official children and youth constituency, primarily on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Before joining Stockholm Resilience Centre, David was product manager for insurance and finance at the Department of Ecolabelling at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen). David was the Swedish Government’s Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York in 2013.
David is a member of the Balaton Group - a global network for collaboration on systems and sustainability. He is also affiliated with the Millennium Institute, based in Washington D.C., where he has worked on the system dynamics based model Threshold 21 iSDG.
Awards and achievements:
Collste, D., Pedercini, M., Cornell, S.E.
2017 - Journal / article
Coherently addressing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals requires planning tools that guide policy makers. Given the integrative nature of the SDGs, we believe that integrative modelling techniques are especially useful for this purpose. In this paper, we present and demonstrate the use of the new System Dynamics based iSDG family of models. We use a national model for Tanzania to analyse impacts of substantial investments i...