Professor Belinda Reyers is director of the GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development) programme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The GRAID is a long-term collaboration funded by Sida to build on the Centre’s ongoing extensive academic research in the theory and practice of resilience for development. Her current research involves regional and international collaborations, which aim to integrate knowledge on social-ecological systems and their role in supporting resilient societies into the policies and practices of decision makers. This work has supported several new collaborations between science and the private and public sectors in unlocking new investments, policy shifts and partnerships for improved ecosystem stewardship.
Belinda received her PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2001. She then worked as a senior lecturer at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch in 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 also worked as a Chief Scientist until 2015. She is currently also an extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Belinda has held and is currently engaged with a number of programmes, councils, and journals. For example:
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2018-11-08
The fourth in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
Research news | 2018-11-03
How social-ecological systems research can transform sustainable development to match the challenges of the Anthropocene
Research news | 2018-11-01
The third in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
Research news | 2018-10-25
The second in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
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 ...
2017 - Journal / article
The imperative to measure progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has resulted in a proliferation of targets and indicators fed by an ever-expanding set of observations. This proliferation undermines one principal purpose of the SDGs: to provide a framework for coordinated action across policy domains. Systems approaches to defining Essential Variables have focused monitoring of climate, biodiversity and oceans a...
2016 - Journal / article
We take a social-ecological systems perspective to investigate the linkages between ecosystem services and human well-being in South Africa. A recent paper identified different types of social-ecological systems in the country, based on distinct bundles of ecosystem service use. These system types were found to represent increasingly weak direct feedbacks between nature and people, from rural “green-loop” communities to urban ...