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Resilience Science for Transformation

This stream explores social-ecological transformations for human wellbeing and sustainability in tune with the biosphere

Creating a fair, prosperous world that maintains and strengthens Earth’s life-support system requires transformative changes. This stream aims to use and develop resilience thinking to understand and enhance social-ecological innovations and transformations towards sustainability. Our research is organized around three different approaches to transformations: (1) pathways and phases; (2) innovation and scaling; and (3) agency and capacities.

Important research questions and objectives include:
- How do transformation processes unfold and scale in different types of systems? What factors affect the pace and type of such changes?

- How and under which conditions can new ideas, experiments and initiatives lead to large-scale, systemic transformations towards sustainability?

- What could ‘good’ Anthropocenes look like, and who decides? How can potential “Seeds of a Good Anthropocene” (e.g. initiatives, technologies or social innovations) be identified and be combined to facilitate transformations towards sustainable futures?

- How do we build capacities to envision alternative futures, and how can the potential of those visions be assessed for whether they will contribute to transformations that are just, prosperous, and sustainable?

- How can we effectively link transformation theory and practice to mutually inform one another?

- What roles do system entrepreneurs, opportunity contexts, and transformative capacities play in transformations? How do context and agency interact within transformations?

- How can resilience science for transformation contribute to the new development agenda of the Anthropocene?

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Where is your Stockholm?

What is experienced as “good” or “bad" among ordinary people often goes unarticulated in urban planning. On the website “Var är ditt Stockholm?” inhabitants of Stockholm can map places in the city they associate positive and negative experiences. Read more here

Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability (ARTS)

The ARTS project is an EU-funded project that assess the role and impact of local sustainability initiatives in Brighton, Budapest, Dresden, Flanders and Stockholm. Read more here

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B
Phone: +46 8 674 70 70

Organisation number: 202100-3062
VAT No: SE202100306201