In her role as deputy director of transdisciplinarity, Schultz focuses on maintaining and developing our organisation in its mission to support excellence and innovation. She has also designed our executive programme in resilience thinking, together with the Pontus Schultz Foundation, and is responsible for its delivery and development.
As coordinating leader of the Biosphere Stewardship research stream at SRC, Schultz facilitates the advancement of this field of research at the SRC by bringing people and insights from various projects together in synthetic activities. Biosphere stewardship is a phenomenon that emerges from regenerative relationships between people and living systems. The concept directs attention to the capacity of humans to act in concert with living systems, rather than in ways that erode them. On a human-dominated planet, biosphere stewardship is becoming increasingly important and the stream explores, e.g. how it emerges in various settings and how it can be nurtured.
Schultz is also an appreciated teacher who often gives lectures at universities as well as to companies, governmental bodies, civic associations and the public. Topics include: resilience assessments, qualitative methods, surveys, social-ecological inventories, ecosystem services, and local solutions to global challenges.
Schultz holds a PhD in Natural Resource Management from Stockholm University, awarded in 2009. She is trained in qualitative methods, resilience assessments, ecosystem services assessments, and facilitation.
During her post-doctoral research, she coordinated the development of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) and initiated a research project on diversity and collaboration funded by Ebba och Sven Schwartz Stiftelse (2011-2016). She also initiated two research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council: GLEAN (A global survey of learning and participation in ecosystem management, 2011-2017) and BiosACM (Diagnosing processes and outcomes in adaptive co-management, 2013-2017).
Most of Schultz’ research has been conducted in UNESCO biosphere reserves. Biosphere can be seen as natural experiments with adaptive governance, adaptive co-management and biosphere stewardship. In these settings, she explores processes and outcomes of adaptive co-management, stakeholder participation, and learning, using interviews, surveys and workshops. A key research interest is what kinds of leadership help in navigating complex social-ecological systems.
Throughout Schultz’ career, she has engaged in the interface between science and society, bringing knowledge to action in processes ranging from municipal planning to international negotiations. For example, she has done research on ecosystem services and on biosphere reserves for Agenda 2030 with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, she has conducted resilience assessments with Swedish biosphere reserves and municipalities, and she assisted the Swedish delegation in the early negotiations on establishing the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
• Contributor in the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2001-2005)
• Member of the scientific committee for the Resilience 2017 conference
• Interdisciplinary participant of the first Antarctic Biennale 2017, an expedition to Antarctica, engaging with artists to develop new visions for the future.
• Founded the Pontus Schultz Foundation in 2012, which developed into an important platform for CEOs, experts and change makers in the Swedish business community to advance sustainability for prosperity.
• Member of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO (2018-2021)
• Expert member of UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme Strategy group (2015-2016)
• Board member of Albaeco
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New study of UNESCO biosphere reserves sheds light on how people learn to live with social-ecological complexity
2019 - Journal / article
Conflict in environmental governance is common, and bringing together stakeholders with diverse perspectives in situations of conflict is extremely difficult. However, case studies of how diverse stakeholders form self-organized coalitions under these circumstances exist and provide invaluable opportunities to understand the causal mechanisms that operate in the process. We focus on the case of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Rese...
2019 - Journal / article
The aim of this paper is to investigate if stakeholder participation increases the legitimacy of nature reserves in the surrounding community. Most previous studies of the effects of stakeholder participation in natural resource management have relied on case studies, but in this paper we use a combination of panel data from a two-wave survey (2008 and 2013) of 92 Biosphere Reserves (BRs) in 36 countries and semi-structured in...
2018 - Journal / article
Learning is considered a means to achieve sustainability in practice and has become a prominent goal of sustainability interventions. In this paper we explore how learning for sustainability is shaped by meaning, interpretation and experience, in the context of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (BRs). The World Network of Biosphere Reserves brings environmental conservation, socio-economic development and research together in ‘learnin...
2017 - Report
This report investigates how the MAB Programme in Sweden, with its five biosphere reserves, can contribute to the implementation in Sweden of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Five main functions the biosphere reserves fulfil in sustainable development are identified: Platforms for collaboration Connecting actors - Vertically and horizontally Integrating the 2030 Agenda goals Maintaining heal...