Søgaard Jørgensen is a macroecologist and evolutionary biologist by training, and since his PhD he has worked to integrate these fields with social-ecological research methods and insights.
At Stockholm Resilience Centre he helps lead the Patterns of the Anthropocene research stream. In addition, Peter is deputy director of the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences where leads the research theme on global health and biosphere stewardship.
A recent focus of his work has been how society can live with antibiotic and pesticide resistance in the context of global sustainable development. This work has taken place through leadership of a SESYNC synthesis project (Living with resistance) and coordination of a JPIAMR funded project (AMResilience). As part of this research he has introduced the concept of coevolutionary governance; led work on identifying so-called planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance; called for considering antibiotic and pesticide susceptibility as regulating ecosystem services; and explored what a societal transformation to a pro-microbial planet might look like, where humans enhance the than many ecosystem services microorganisms provide.
The insights from this work are now being applied at a broader scale to better understand general evolutionary dynamics of social-ecological systems and how multi-level governance can capitalize on rapid evolution of norms, technology and the biosphere to advance transformations to sustainability. Particular lenses of this research are transformations in global health, the global food system and other production systems, and global economic dynamics.
Another strand of Søgaard Jørgensen's research revolves around conceptualizing and quantifying the biosphere-based operating space in the Anthropocene. This work includes studying the temporal dynamics of consumption-based footprints and decoupling analysis in relation to the planetary boundaries, as well as a reconceptuatlization of the biosphere integrity component of the planetary boundaries to better reflect the impact of biodiversity on human well-being. This work is currently funded by the FORMAS project, Global Compass.
Søgaard Jørgensen has a keen interest in building international networks of researchers and practitioners, notably among early career professionals. Søgaard Jørgensen is a co-founder and current chair of the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE) and represents INNGE in a new platform for early career researchers, The Early Career Researchers Network of Networks (ECR NoN). To read more about these interests and Peter’s research, please visit www.psj.io.
Research news | 2020-05-01
Like pandemics, resistance to antibiotics and pesticides knows no boundaries. Unsustainable practices in food and health have been intensifying in an arms race with resistant bacteria, insects and plants
Research news | 2020-03-12
People look to others when making their own decisions. Imagine how it could help reduce global consumption and population growth
Research news | 2019-12-18
New study proposes how to asses the sustainability of antimicrobial use in animal agriculture and how to regulate it on a global scale. For the sake of both human and animal health
Research news | 2019-11-06
Humans have transformed much of the planet to produce more and more food, fibre and fuel, now we need to radically transform this global production ecosystem. Centre researchers offer perspectives in Nature's exclusive 150th anniversary collection
Rethink Talks: What is the connection between environmental change and diseases such as coronaviruses? How strong is this connection, can we really blame bats, and what does the future of disease risks look like?
2020 - Journal / article
We consider two aspects of the human enterprise that profoundly affect the global environment: population and consumption. We show that fertility and consumption behavior harbor a class of externalities that have not been much noted in the literature. Both are driven in part by attitudes and preferences that are not egoistic but socially embedded; that is, each household’s decisions are influenced by the decisions made by othe...
2020 - Journal / article
Development of new biocides has dominated human responses to evolution of antibiotic and pesticide resistance. Increasing and uniform biocide use, the spread of resistance genes, and the lack of new classes of compounds indicate the importance of navigating toward more sustainable coevolutionary dynamics between human culture and species that evolve resistance. To inform this challenge, we introduce the concept of coevolution...
2019 - Journal / article
A double intergenerational conundrum abounds in sustainability science as young generations of researchers have relatively little influence on current strategic decisions, but inherit their potential future consequences as professionals as well as human-beings. Collaborating with early career researchers (ECRs) in global sustainability initiatives can help address this conundrum. Guided by a model for how enhanced collaboratio...
2019 - Journal / article
Much of the Earth’s biosphere has been appropriated for the production of harvestable biomass in the form of food, fuel and fibre. Here we show that the simplification and intensification of these systems and their growing connection to international markets has yielded a global production ecosystem that is homogenous, highly connected and characterized by weakened internal feedbacks. We argue that these features converge to y...