Reyers is based in South Africa where she explores the contribution of theories, methods and evidence from social-ecological systems research, to the development challenges facing Africa.
Her work focuses on exploring the role of social-ecological feedbacks, cross-scale dynamics, non-linearities, and resilience capacities in achieving sustainable and equitable futures in the region. She also conducts empirical and conceptual research on the dynamic linkages between sustainability and equity, especially in the context of more complex, connected and uncertain futures (and present).
Reyers received her PhD from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2001. She then worked as a senior lecturer at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, South Africa until 2004. Subsequently, she established and led the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she worked as a Chief Scientist until 2015. From 2015 – 2018, Reyers was the Director of the GRAID program at the SRC. She was appointed as an Extra-ordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2015 and 2018, respectively.
Reyers plays/has played a number of advisory roles to national government and international bodies including: Vice Chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth; Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Science Committee: DIVERSITAS; Advisory Committee: Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems; and the Bridge Collaborative. Reyers initiated and co-led the Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society, a network of leading social-ecological researchers working in southern Africa to develop new theory and tools and grow capacity in the social-ecological systems field, and one of the core case studies within the Future Earth Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS). She has served as an Editor and Associate Editor for several interdisciplinary journals.
Research news | 2020-08-13
New study suggests how to better capture the role of biodiversity for sustainable development
General news | 2020-06-04
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services rewarded for its “assiduous and scientifically credible work”. Centre staff has been deeply involved in the platform’s work
Research news | 2019-10-14
Ten years after its launch, Johan Rockström and other researchers and stakeholders reflect on the framework's development, impact and future. See videos
Research news | 2019-05-09
In this Q & A, centre researcher and IPBES fellow Jan Kuiper explains the essentials of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
2019 - Journal / article
The United Nations’ Agenda 2030 marks significant progress towards sustainable development by making explicit the intention to integrate previously separate social, economic and environmental agendas. Despite this intention, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted to implement the agenda, are fragmented in their formulation and largely sectoral. We contend that while the design of the SDG monitoring is base...
2018 - Journal / article
Social-ecological systems (SES) research offers new theory and evidence to transform sustainable development to better contend with the challenges of the Anthropocene. Four insights from contemporary SES literature on (a) intertwined SES, (b) cross-scale dynamics, (c) systemic tipping points, and (d) transformational change are explored. Based on these insights, shifts in sustainable development practice are suggested to recog...
2017 - Journal / article
On 25 September, 2015, world leaders met at the United Nations in New York, where they adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals and 169 targets set out an agenda for sustainable development for all nations that embraces economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. Now, the agenda moves from agreeing the goals to implementing and ultimately achieving them. Across the goals, 42 targets focus ...