Ellika Hermansson Török is a senior advisor for the SwedBio programme at SRC. Ellika is focusing on urban challenges and opportunities in developing countries and is the programme officer for SwedBio’s collaborative programme Urban Natural Assets for Africa: Rivers for Life, which is lead by SwedBio’s partner, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center. Ellika is an active “UNA Rivers” team member and contributes to the multi-actor dialogues and collaborative work in the three target cities: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Lilongwe, Malawi. Read more about SwedBio’s work on Cities & biodiversity and the programme Urban Natural Assets for Africa: Rivers for Life.
As part of her work on urban issues in developing countries she has recently participated and presented at the Resilient Cities 2016 Conference; the UN Habitat III Conference; COP12 and COP13 to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and at the Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress 2017.
Ellika is also coordinating the communications work for SwedBio.
In 2013 Ellika organized the Medellín Dialogue together with SwedBio colleagues and the Humboldt Institute in Colombia, with support from the Environment Ministries of Colombia and Sweden. It was a multi-actor dialogue on integrating social-ecological resilience into the proposed Sustainable Development Goals.
Ellika headed the communications team at SRC for five years (2007-2012), coordinated the media launch of the Nature article on Planetary Boundaries in 2009, and was part of organising the Resilience 2008 Conference and the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium in 2011. Before joining the SRC, Ellika worked ten years as press secretary, communications officer and campaign leader within international and national environmental NGOs.
Ellika holds a MSc in systems ecology from Stockholm University, and has studied science communications at university level. She has also taken numerous short courses in; leadership skills, personal development, project management, process facilitation, participatory processes, strategic communication, media training, graphic design and photography.
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2018 - Journal / article
Cities are currently experiencing serious, multifaceted impacts from global environmental change, especially climate change, and the degree to which they will need to cope with and adapt to such challenges will continue to increase. A complex systems approach inspired by evolutionary theory can inform strategies for policies and interventions to deal with growing urban vulnerabilities. Such an approach would guide the design o...
2013 - Policy brief or report
2010 - Report
Publication review The year 2009 marked the end of the three-year start-up phase of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. During this period the Centre has developed a broad interdisciplinary research programme on the understanding of social-ecological systems and governance and management for resilience and sustainable development. On the initiative of the Mistra Foundation, the Centre was evaluated in preparation for the fi...