Centre theme Adaptive Governance has officially become a part of the Earth System Governance Project (ESG). It is a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), which builds on the results of the former IHDP-project on the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC). Resilience Centre's Science Director, Carl Folke, is also part of the Associate Faculty of the ESG. From coral reefs to urban ecosystemsThe Resilience Centre will in particular contribute to research on the theme of Adaptiveness. The plan is to do this through ongoing theoretical and empirical work on adaptive governance, that is, the social, institutional, economical and ecological foundations of multilevel governance modes that are successful in building resilience of social-ecological systems to the vast challenges posed by global change. - The empirical basis for our work on adaptive governance at the Resilience Centre ranges from studies of coral reefs in Australia, urban ecosystems in Stockholm, biosphere reserves in South Africa, forest ecosystems in India and Madagascar, to global technical innovations for infectious disease governance, says Victor Galaz. He is the theme leader of Adaptive Governance at Stockholm Resilience Centre, and will be the co-ordinator of the cooperation between ESG and the Resilience Centre.
This diversity of research projects is steered by a joint ambition to better understand the social dimension of ecosystem management; the interactions between individuals, organizations, and institutions at multiple levels; the factors for responding to crisis, nurturing innovation and building resilience, Victor Galaz explains.