Research fellow, Acting deputy science director

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Staff profile

Lisen Schultz is leading the research stream Biosphere Stewardship and leads a redesign of the organisational structure at the centre

Profile summary

  • Adaptive governance
  • Bridging organisations
  • Resilience Assessments
  • Learning
  • Participation
  • Biosphere Reserves
  • Stewardship

She will lead a redesign of the organisation in response to both external and internal changes, supporting the transition of the centre into its next phase of development.

As coordinating leader of the Biosphere Stewardship stream, Lisen facilitates the advancement of this field of research at the SRC by bringing people and insights from various projects together in synthetic activities. Biosphere stewardship is a phenomenon that emerges from regenerative relationships between people and living systems. The concept directs attention to the capacity of humans to act in concert with living systems, rather than in ways that erode them. On a human-dominated planet, biosphere stewardship is becoming increasingly important. The stream addresss questions such as:
What constitutes biosphere stewardship? How does biosphere stewardship vary across settings and actors involved?
How can biosphere stewardship be nurtured?
What is our role as sustainability scientists in this regard?

Lisen is a member of the scientific committee for the Resilience 2017 conference.

Most of her research has been conducted in UNESCO biosphere reserves. Biosphere can be seen as natural experiments with adaptive governance, adaptive co-management and biosphere stewardship. In these settings, she explores processes and outcomes of adaptive co-management, stakeholder participation, and learning, using interviews, surveys and workshops. A key research interest is what kinds of leadership help in navigating complex social-ecological systems.

In 2009, Lisen was awarded a PhD in Natural Resource Management from the Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University.

During her post-doctoral research, she coordinated the development of the PECS programme, assisted the Swedish delegation in the negotiations on establishing IPBES, and initiated a project on diversity and collaboration funded by Ebba och Sven Schwartz Stiftelse (2011-2016).

She also initiated two research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council: GLEAN (A global survey of learning and participation in ecosystem management) and BiosACM (Diagnosing processes and outcomes in adaptive co-management). All of these projects focus on UNESCO biosphere reserves. In addition, she conducts research in the project Managing bundles of ecosystem services with multiple users in Helge å catchment, funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

She is trained in qualitative methods, resilience assessments, ecosystem services assessments, and facilitation.

Throughout Lisen’s career, she has engaged in the interface between science and society, bringing knowledge to action in processes ranging from municipal planning to international negotiations. She has done research on ecosystem services with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, conducted resilience assessments with Swedish Biosphere Reserves and municipalities, and contributed as expert member in the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme Strategy group. She is on the board of Albaeco, and on the advisory council for Stormvarning.

In 2012, she founded the Pontus Schultz Foundation, which has developed in an important platform for some 300 CEOs, experts and change makers in the Swedish business community, gathering in yearly high-level events to advance sustainability for prosperity.

In 2017, she was invited as an interdisciplinary participant in the first Antarctic Biennale, engaging with artists to develop new visions for the future.

Lisen is an appreciated teacher who currently leads the adaptive governance module in the SRC master programme, and she often gives lectures at universities as well as to companies, governmental bodies, civic associations and the public. Topics include: resilience assessments, qualitative methods, surveys, social-ecological inventories, ecosystem services, and local solutions to global challenges.

Katja Malmborg, PhD candidate

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