Science director, Professor
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- Marine & Fisheries governance
- Seafood trade & value chains
- Cross-scale interactions and adaptive governance
- Finance and global environmental commons
- Social network analysis
Beatrice Crona’s work centers on various aspects of oceans and fisheries governance, as well as understanding different emerging global connectivities and their effects on social-ecological outcomes at multiple scales
Crona is a professor of sustainability science. She is science director at the centre and the executive director of the research program Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere housed at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
She received her PhD in Systems Ecology in 2006, and the first decade of her academic career included various aspects of fisheries governance in small-scale fisheries in developing countries, ranging from East Africa to the Philippines.
Her focus then was on understanding barriers to the development of institutions that promote both sustainable resource governance and equitable resource distribution and poverty alleviation. This work involved understanding the role of traders (middlemen) in small-scale fisheries value chains for perpetuating unsustainable dynamics in small-scale fisheries as a result of patron-client type relationships in the market-place. Later, she worked to assess the effects of international seafood trade on local communities/fisheries outcomes.
Throughout her career, she has combined her background in marine ecology with methods from sociology, political science, political ecology and economics; ranging from social network analysis, to value chain analysis and purely qualitative analysis, such as ethnography.
More recently, the scope of her work has widened to encompass multiple aspect of the wider food system, yet maintains a particular focus on aquatic food production, consumption and trade, as well as an examination of corporate financial investments that drive norms and practices of actors across the food system, and other sectors.
She has been involved in multiple initiatives and programs on champion science-business collaborations to support transforming towards sustainability, including dialogues with the financial sector and the global seafood sector (SeaBOS). She contributed to the EAT-Lancet commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems, and most recently she co-chaired the Blue Food Assessment; an international initiative bringing together an interdisciplinary team of over 100 scientists to support decision-makers in evaluating opportunities, tradeoffs and implementing solutions to build healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems. Beatrice has a passion for finding ways of asking research question, and conducting rigorous science that can still be relevant to policy-makers and practitioners.
Her latest projects involve a ten-year transdisciplinary programme with an aim and mandate to co-create research that balances the environment, equity and economics, to inform a transformation of investment practices. It also includes an eight-year programme to deliver research that can support the consideration and incorporation of meaningful biodiversity measures into corporate financial decision making.
Awards and achievements
- Voted 3rd most innovative paper in 2010 by subject editors in Ecology and Society for ”Power asymmetries in small-scale fisheries– a barrier to governance transformability?”
- Elected member of the Swedish Young Academy (Sveriges Unga Akademi) (2012 – 2017)
- Member of E15 expert group on trade and marine resources, coordinated by International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in collaboration with World Economic Forum
Sofia Käll, PhD candidate
Ami Golland, PhD candidate
Emmy Wassénius, PhD candidate
News articles with Crona, Beatrice
Research news | 2023-02-22
Blue foods can help solve multiple global challenges
Blue foods – fish, shellfish, algae and aquatic plants – can be instrumental in solving multiple global crises, new analysis shows
General news | 2022-12-22
Beatrice Crona and Magnus Nyström appointed as new science directors
Shifts in the scientific leadership of SRC in the new year
Research news | 2022-06-29
Seafood industry collaboration launches first progress report
SeaBOS, a science-business collaboration including ten of the world's largest seafood companies, reflect on first five years of work
Research news | 2022-06-08
Centre joins the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures
Stockholm Resilience Centre adds science expertise together with its partners Beijer Institute and the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme (GEDB)
Publications by Crona, Beatrice
Adapting risk assessments for a complex future
Journal / article | 2022
Human activities have progressively eroded the biosphere basis for our societies and introduced various risks. To navigate these risks, or potential undesirable outcomes of the future, we need tools and an understanding of how to assess risk in a complex world. Risk assessments are a powerful tool to address sustainability challenges. However, two issues currently hamper their ability to deal with sustainability risks: the lim...
Unlocking the unsustainable rice-wheat system of Indian Punjab: Assessing alternatives to crop-residue burning from a systems perspective
Journal / article | 2022
Crop residue burning in Indian Punjab emits particulate matter with detrimental impacts on health, climate and that threaten agricultural production. Though legal and technological barriers to residue burning exist – and alternatives considered more profitable to farmers – residue burning continues. We review black carbon (BC) emissions from residue burning in Punjab, analyse social-ecological processes driving residue burnin...
Scientific mobilization of keystone actors for biosphere stewardship
Journal / article | 2022
The biosphere crisis requires changes to existing business practices. We ask how corporations can become sustainability leaders, when constrained by multiple barriers to collaboration for biosphere stewardship. We describe how scientists motivated, inspired and engaged with ten of the world’s largest seafood companies, in a collaborative process aimed to enable science-based and systemic transformations (2015–2021). CEOs face...