Albert Norström is executive director for Future Earth's Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS). The principal approach of PECS research is the in-depth understanding of place-based, long-term social-ecological case studies, using a broadly similar set of conceptual frameworks and tools, leading to comparisons in order to reveal general principles for sustainably managing these systems. PECS also facilitates a set of dynamic, interdisciplinary PECS working groups that focus on different cross-cutting topics that require international collaboration.
Albert is co-leading two regional PECS case-studies in Sweden. The first project (SEEN) focuses on social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services in the Norrström basin, and explores the dynamics that contribute to the reliable production of ecosystem services in social-ecological systems. The second project focuses on similar research questions, but within the catchment area around Helgeå River in Southern Sweden - a complex social-ecological system where competing land uses accentuate upstream-downstream challenges ecosystem services management. This project is a collaborative effort between researchers at SRC and practitioners at Kristianstad’s Biosphere Office.
Albert is heavily engaged in the Seeds of a Good Anthropocene project, which is a suite of research activities that aim to solicit, explore, and develop a suite of alternative, plausible visions of “Good Anthropocenes” – positive visions of futures that are socially and ecologically desirable, just, and sustainable.
Albert is also working across multiple projects focusing on coral reefs and their futures in the Anthropocene. He is also part of the Ocean Tipping Points project, that is working to identify critical tipping points and indicators for effective coral reef management in the Hawaiian Islands.
Albert Norström holds a PhD in natural resource management from Stockholm University
Albert Norström is an active member of the Resilience Alliance, and is a subject editor for Ecology and Society. He serves as external scientific advisor to the EU FP7 research programme OPERAs. He is part of the development team of two Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks on Transformations and Food-Energy-Water Nexus.
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How to improve the application of resilience thinking by cross-fertilising Resilience Assessments and the Transition Movement
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2017 - Journal / article
The concept of resilience is currently being widely promoted and applied by environmental and development organizations. However, their application of resilience often lacks theoretical backing and evaluation. This paper presents a novel cross-fertilization of two commonly used approaches for applying resilience thinking: the grassroots movement of Transition Towns and the Resilience Alliance’s Resilience Assessment. We compar...
2017 - Journal / article
The emerging discipline of sustainability science is focused explicitly on the dynamic interactions between nature and society and is committed to research that spans multiple scales and can support transitions toward greater sustainability. Because a growing body of place-based social-ecological sustainability research (PBSESR) has emerged in recent decades, there is a growing need to understand better how to maximize the ef...
2016 - Journal / article
In human dominated landscapes many diverse, and often antagonistic, human activities are intentionally and inadvertently determining the supply of various ecosystem services. Understanding how different social and ecological factors shape the availability of ecosystem services is essential for fair and effective policy and management. In this paper, we evaluate how well alternative social-ecological models of human impact on e...
2016 - Journal / article
Anthropogenic changes to the Earth now rival those caused by the forces of nature and have shepherded us into a new planetary epoch – the Anthropocene. Such changes include profound and often unexpected alterations to coral reef ecosystems and the services they provide to human societies. Ensuring that reefs and their services endure during the Anthropocene will require that key drivers of coral reef change – fishing, water qu...