Malmer is an agronomist by training and holds a comprehensive professional experience of working with indigenous peoples organizations and networks, farmers' organizations, NGOs and biodiversity/agriculture networks in general, from local to global scales, in Sweden as well as in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Her expertise comprises agricultural biodiversity and farming systems, and the indigenous and local knowledge systems and cultures that are shaping and reshaping these, as well as the corresponding links to social-ecological resilience and human wellbeing. She has a special interest in equity and human rights aspects on ecosystem management. Access and benefit sharing (ABS) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) related to indigenous peoples, smallholder farmers, indigenous and local knowledge and genetic resources are other aspects of Malmer's professional experiences.
Policy and methods development
Malmer holds extensive experiences from national and international policy processes related to biodiversity and ecosystem governance, from the local to the global, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) and the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT PGRFA) to name a few.
Resilience assessments and ecosystem assessments, field based monitoring and evaluation of biodiversity based projects and programmes in development co-operation, as well as project management and coordination of international development co-operation programmes, workshops and dialogues are other important parts of Malmer's expertise related to policy and methods development.
SwedBio as knowledge interface
The SwedBio Programme at Stockholm Resilience Centre where Malmer holds a position as Senior Advisor, is a knowledge interface connecting science, policy and practice, on issues concerning poverty alleviation, sustainable livelihoods, equity and human wellbeing through development towards resilient ecosystems and societies. SwedBio collaborates with partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America from a broad range of perspectives, all with critical experiences and knowledge related to biodiversity and ecosystem service governance as their common characteristics. SwedBio also facilitates funding for partner organizations and institutions in developing countries and facilitates access and participation of developing country actors in international policy development.
The SwedBio collaborative programme contributes invaluable learning to the work of SwedBio and the SRC, and an important part of Malmer’s work is about keeping a continuous contact and dialogue with partners for mutally learning and exchange.
Connecting diverse knowlegde systems
Malmer is co-ordinating the transdiciplinary work related to "Connecting Diverse Knowledge Systems" at SRC and SwedBio. This collaboration with indigenous peoples and local communities and their organizations, scientific institutions, governments, and UN bodies has advanced through a serie of Dialogue workshops, and is aiming at strengthening exchange and cross-fertilization between knowledge systems in an equal, legitimate, transparent and useful way; connecting diverse knowledge systems for better ecosystem governance and improved knowledge generation, ecosystem assessments and capacity building in knowledge related processes such as the IPBES.
Multiple Evidence Base approach
The dialogues across knowledge systems have inspired and contributed to the process of developing the Multiple Evidence Base (MEB) approach to connect diverse knowledge systems. Multiple Evidence Base (MEB) proposes a parallel approach whereby indigenous, local and scientific knowledge systems are viewed to generate different manifestations of knowledge, which, through complementarities, can generate new ideas and innovations. The MEB emphasizes that evaluation of knowledge occurs within rather than across knowledge systems. A MEB on a particular issue creates an enriched picture of understanding, for triangulation and joint assessment of knowledge, and a starting point for further knowledge generation. Read more
Sub-Global Assessment Network (SGA network)
Malmer is a member of the advisory board of the Sub-Global Assessment Network, where she initiated the first session of training on traditional knowledge (ILK), led by holders of indigenous and local knowledge. Read more
Agricultural biodiversity and social-ecological systems
Another part of Malmer’s work is related to agrobiodiversity and traditional knowledge as a base for sustainable management and governance of social-ecological landscapes. Final report (pdf, 1.4 MB)
Further, Malmer is actively nurturing the bio-cultural heritage in practice as a gardener, seed-saver, mushroom-picker, shepherd and farm-worker in her own neighbourhood in Uppsala and in Hälsingland.
Research news | 2017-02-27
New publication presents progress toward tools and approaches for working with diverse knowledge systems in ecosystem assessments
Research news | 2016-05-03
Indigenous mountain communities share biocultural adaptation experiences to climate change
Research news | 2016-02-29
Centre’s approach to social-ecological systems helps support UN biodiversity assessment
Research news | 2014-06-26
New approach helps connect actors with diverse knowledge about social-ecological governance
2017 - Report
A workshop took place 11-18 September 2015 in Jafr and Tuggoz communities, Tajikistan, and resulted in a summary report entitled Climate Change and Biocultural Adaptation in Mountain Communities. It also included information acquired from the previous workshop hosted in Bhutan in May 2014, where the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP) was formed. This network aims to promote interaction and a knowledge...
2017 - Journal / article
Indigenous peoples and local communities live in, manage and own vast areas often rich in biodiversity and critical for ecosystem services. Bridging indigenous and local knowledge systems with scientific knowledge systems is vital to enhance knowledge, practice, and ethics to move towards sustainability at multiple scales. We focus on international science-policy processes and present a framework for evidence-based guidance on...
2014 - Journal / article
Open access article: M. Tengö, E. S. Brondizio, T. Elmqvist, P. Malmer, M. Spierenburg, Connecting diverse knowledge systems for enhanced ecosystem governance – The Multiple Evidence Approach, AMBIO 2014, 43:579-591 Indigenous and local knowledge systems as well as practitioners’ knowledge can provide valid and useful knowledge to enhance our understanding of governance of biodiversity and ecosystems for human well-b...