How our science has an impact
We partner with a rich variety of actors and stakeholders to produce problem-based and solutions-oriented sustainability science
The complex problems the world is currently facing requires a diversity of perspectives and respect for different approaches. This is what our work is about. It is problem-based and solutions-oriented sustainability science.
We partner not only with colleagues from a range of scientific disciplines but also with an equally rich variety of actors and stakeholders in society. They are farmers, fisherfolks, chefs, non-governmental organizations, municipalities, national governments, the European Parliament, UN agencies, community elders, human rights groups, and global development aid organizations.
We seek solutions through constructive discussion and mutual respect, between science, policy, industry and communities.
This diverse interaction provides us with a deep understanding of multiple knowledge systems and approaches. It is instrumental for designing our research, identification of problems, and consideration of possible solutions.
We engage with individual scientific networks on all continents and contribute to global scientific processes, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
We work with startup companies and entrepreneurs, and with the largest transnational corporations in the world.
Trust, time and curiosity
We seek solutions through constructive discussion and mutual respect, between science, policy, industry and communities. To succeed, we are critically dependent on trust, time, and personal relationships. This requires collaborative learning and exchange of ideas that may not yet be developed, in arenas that do not yet exist.
These interactions have one main purpose: to produce good sustainability science. Our science, and the questions we ask, originate from our curiosity. When that curiosity is shared with other partners, and we are able to explore new things together, we often find surprisingly new approaches to old problems. Our science is able to influence action in the real world, in part because we have a freedom to explore novelty.
Research news | 2022-11-25
Successes and shortfalls: reflections on COP27
In the wake of COP27, we gather reflections from centre staff who were involved on the ground.
Research news | 2022-11-25
Access to greenery and water goes hand in hand with human wellbeing during the pandemic
Green wedges and large nature areas are especially important for the young, elderly and unemployed, a new comparative study finds.
Research news | 2022-11-22
Fair access to water is a subjective issue in post-drought Cape Town
Who should pay for and benefit from water services? It depends on who you ask, finds a study that revisited Cape Town after its 2015-2018 water crisis
General news | 2022-11-15
Centre researchers listed among the world's most influential scientists
Carl Folke, Johan Rockström, Thomas Elmqvist, Per Olsson, Max Troell and Jonathan Donges ranked as some of the globally most cited researchers
Research news | 2022-11-14
In data scarce regions, fieldwork and historical images help researchers fill in the gaps
Researchers combined current data with historical images and inputs from previous studies to estimate how ecosystem services have changed over time in northern Burkina Faso
Research news | 2022-11-10
Fair global redistribution of resources is key for planetary stability
Redistributing resources and transforming society are necessary to ensure universal access to basic needs while staying within Earth’s limits