Photo: A. Löf/Azote

Photo: A. Löf/Azote

Global dynamics

This theme looks at how local and regional drivers can generate global-scale challenges like crises in energy, food, and water

Researchers have greatly advanced our understanding of the Anthropocene by mapping and quantifying linkages of many biophysical components at the planetary scale. However, we still have a poor understanding of social-ecological connectivity at the global scale. The pace and extent of global changes means there is a pressing need to develop our understanding of how social processes are interconnected and how they drive and interact with the processes of the biosphere at multiple scales.

Our research on these global dynamics is organized under the multi-organizational initiative "Changing Planet". 'Changing Planet' is an umbrella initiative to jointly coordinate global research at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It is a response to the need for improved understanding of global and cross-scale processes and interactions between our Earth’s social and ecological components. This knowledge can improve our ability to realize sustainable stewardship of the biosphere.

Stockholm Resilience Centre's global research under this initiative aims to provide a platform to develop this knowledge, making use of the diverse methodological toolboxes and skillsets of the contributing research programs and their international partners.

Our research is centered around three broad questions:

How is the human enterprise shaping the biosphere, from local to global scales?

How do we better understand critical emerging risks and opportunities created by novel interconnections between human activities and the biosphere? 

And how can we become better stewards of planet Earth?

Theme contact

Staff details

Theme contacts

Theme contacts

Anne-Sophie Crépin

Sarah Cornell (Coordinator Planetary Boundaries)

Victor Galaz (Deputy Science Director)




The Global Economic Dynamics and the biosphere programme (GEBD)

GEDB looks at the economic dynamics of global change and its implications for a sustainable future. Read more here

Seeds of a good Anthropocene

Efforts to envision a more positive future seldom receive the same attention as those that show a more pessimistic future. Seeds of a good Anthropocene gathers examples of a thriving sustainable social-ecological future. 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

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