Norström is also member of the Scientific Committee in Future Earth's Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS). The principal approach of PECS research is the in-depth understanding of place-based, long-term social-ecological case studies, using a broadly similar set of conceptual frameworks and tools, leading to comparisons in order to reveal general principles for sustainably managing these systems. PECS also facilitates a set of dynamic, interdisciplinary PECS working groups that focus on different cross-cutting topics that require international collaboration.
The scientific work of Norström is broad. One focal area is social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services and exploring the dynamics contributing to the reliable production of ecosystem services in social-ecological systems.
Norström is also heavily engaged in the Seeds of a Good Anthropocene project, which is a suite of research activities that aim to solicit, explore, and develop a suite of alternative, plausible visions of “Good Anthropocenes” – positive visions of futures that are socially and ecologically desirable, just, and sustainable.
Norström is also working across multiple projects focusing on marine social-ecological systems and their futures in the Anthropocene.
More recently Norström has become interested in identifying principles of knowledge co-production and delivering better frameworks for understanding how to assess high quality co-production processes
Norström holds a PhD in natural resource management from Stockholm University
Norström is a member of the Resilience Alliance, and is a subject editor for Ecology and Society. He has served as external scientific advisor to the EU FP7 research programme OPERAs. He is part of the development team of two Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks on Transformations and Food-Energy-Water Nexus.
Norström's work has also been featured in different media outlets, such as Sustainable Lens and Sveriges Radio P1.
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