Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development (GRAID) is a programme hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It aims to bridge the worlds of resilience thinking and development practice.
Norström is also interim director for 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.
Norström is co-leading two regional PECS case-studies in Sweden. The first project (SEEN) focuses on social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services in the Norrström basin, and explores the dynamics that contribute to the reliable production of ecosystem services in social-ecological systems. The second project focuses on similar research questions, but within the catchment area around Helgeå River in Southern Sweden - a complex social-ecological system where competing land uses accentuate upstream-downstream challenges ecosystem services management. This project is a collaborative effort between researchers at SRC and practitioners at Kristianstad’s Biosphere Office.
Norström is 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 coral reefs and their futures in the Anthropocene. He is also part of the Ocean Tipping Points project, that is working to identify critical tipping points and indicators for effective coral reef management in the Hawaiian Islands.
Norström holds a PhD in natural resource management from Stockholm University
Norström is an active member of the Resilience Alliance, and is a subject editor for Ecology and Society. He serves 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.
Research news | 2019-02-21
Coral reefs face a new reality dominated by human impact and it is time for traditional coral reef ecological paradigms to follow suit
Research news | 2019-02-13
With a suite of benefits, participatory research has become increasingly popular. But there are many challenges too. Researchers examine the method and share their own experiences
Research news | 2019-02-13
New study uses machine learning and an unprecedented dataset from more than six hundred reefs to analyse coral reef tipping points
Research news | 2018-11-20
Several new and exciting projects will be initiated
Centre researcher Sara Borgström explains the research project Ekoklim, featured as 14 scientific articles in Ambio
Global seafood trade leave consumers unaware of over-exploited marine ecosystems
2019 - Journal / article
Participatory research approaches are increasingly advocated as an effective means to produce usable climate adaptation science, and increase the likelihood that it will be beneficially incorporated into decision-making processes. However, while the implementation of participatory research approaches, such as those associated with knowledge co-production, have become increasingly commonplace, to date there has been little cons...
2018 - Journal / article
We are in the Anthropocene—an epoch where humans are the dominant force of planetary change. Ecosystems increasingly reflect rapid human‐induced, socioeconomic and cultural selection rather than being a product of their surrounding natural biophysical setting. This poses the intriguing question: To what extent do existing ecological paradigms capture and explain the current ecological patterns and processes we observe? We arg...
2018 - Book chapter
The rapid urbanization associated with the Anthropocene provides an imperative for humans to think diff erently about the future. The “seeds” approach describes how niche experiments can, over time, coalesce to shift the dominant regime onto a more sustainable trajectory. Urban transformations are complex phenomena; the seeds approach is a tool that can help us understand how transformations occur and how to nudge them towards...
2018 - Journal / article
Responding to modern day environmental challenges for societal well-being and prosperity necessitates the integration of science into policy and practice. This has spurred the development of novel institutional structures among research organisations aimed at enhancing the impact of environmental science on policy and practice. However, such initiatives are seldom evaluated and even in cases where evaluations are undertaken, t...