David is studying integrated assessment tools and modeling for global sustainability as part of the EU-funded ‘Adaptation to a New Economic Reality’ project. ‘Adaptation to a New Economic Reality’ is a joint project between Stockholm University, the University of Iceland, and Blaise Pascal University in Clermont Ferrand, France. It aims to contribute to developing new economic thinking based on knowledge of global resources availability, and is divided in three parts: sustainable resource management, integrated economic systems assessment, and integrating society and economics.
David has a background in system dynamics and holds a joint European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) from the University of Bergen (MPhil) and the New University of Lisbon. He also holds an MSc in Business Administration from Radboud University (Netherlands), an MSc in Political Sciences from Uppsala University, and a BSc in Political Sciences, with an Economics, major from Uppsala University.
David has worked within the associated negotiation processes at United Nations for the European Union and through the official children and youth constituency, primarily on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Before joining Stockholm Resilience Centre, David was product manager for insurance and finance at the Department of Ecolabelling at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen). David was the Swedish Government’s Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York in 2013.
David is a member of the Balaton Group - a global network for collaboration on systems and sustainability. He is also affiliated with the Millennium Institute, based in Washington D.C., where he has worked on the system dynamics based model Threshold 21 iSDG.
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2018-10-17
Club of Rome report states that inequality reduction and new economic models are necessary for long-term economic and planetary stability
Research news | 2018-07-10
The World in 2050 initiative launches new report outlining synergies and benefits that render the goals achievable
Research news | 2017-10-16
How investments in solar energy go beyond access to electricity to positively affect people’s life expectancy and years of schooling
2018 - Journal / article
We have built a simulation model (Earth3) to help answer two research questions: How many of the 17 UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be achieved by 2030? And: What will be the resulting pressure on 9 planetary boundaries (PBs)? Our tentative answer is that he world will not reach all SDGs by 2030, nor by 2050, and that the global safety margin (the buffer between the human impact and planetary boundaries) will cont...
2018 - Journal / article
2018 - Report
The dual adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) together with the Paris Climate Agreement, both in 2015, represents a global turning point. We have never before had such a universal development plan for people and planet. For the first time in human history the world has agreed on a democratically adopted roadmap for humanity’s future, which aims at attaining socially inclusive and highly aspirational socio-e...
2017 - Journal / article
Coherently addressing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals requires planning tools that guide policy makers. Given the integrative nature of the SDGs, we believe that integrative modelling techniques are especially useful for this purpose. In this paper, we present and demonstrate the use of the new System Dynamics based iSDG family of models. We use a national model for Tanzania to analyse impacts of substantial investments i...