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.
News & events
Research news | 2023-10-03
Combining modeling and empirical research can give better sustainability insights
Mixing empirical methods and modeling can provide better insights into cause-effect relationships in sustainability, and improve governance
Stockholm seminars | 2023-10-11
How relationships contribute to and can help solve grand sustainability challenges
Michele Barnes, James Cook University, uncovers how relationships can mediate the drivers and outcomes of sustainability challenges
General news | 2023-09-19
New Google.org grant funds Centre research on AI-powered climate risk tool
Google.org has awarded five million US dollars to a group of scientists, including Centre researchers, to develop and scale ClimateIQ , an artificial intelligence-powered climate risk evaluation tool for cities
General news | 2023-09-19
Researchers and chefs team up for a sustainable lunch week
“Risotto on Swedish oat-rice, with apple cider vinegar, blue mussels from Bohuslän, parsley, and grated Svecia cheese”. That’s one of the science-cooked dishes that guests can enjoy at “A Planetary Lunch” — an experimental lunch week at Stockholm university
Research news | 2023-09-14
The SDGs are not on track — new report outlines what needs to happen
Humanity is set to miss the Sustainable Development Goals. But decisive and timely policy actions can kickstart extraordinary turnarounds and a giant leap toward achieving the SDGs
Research news | 2023-09-13
All planetary boundaries mapped out for the first time, six of nine crossed
For the first time, an international team of scientists is able to provide a detailed outline of planetary resilience by mapping out all nine boundary processes that define a safe operating space for humanity.