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
General news | 2024-02-29
Johan Rockström awarded the Tyler Prize
Johan Rockström, professor and former director at Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, now leading the University of Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, has received the world's top environmental prize.
Research news | 2024-02-20
Having good neighbours and few top predators make predatory fish populations more resilient
A regime shift is gradually spreading through the archipelagos of the Swedish Baltic Sea coast, where shallow bays, previously dominated by pike and perch have one by one become dominated by one of their prey species, the three-spined stickleback.
Research news | 2024-02-08
Eating new plant-based foods can be good for the environment, your health and your economy
Replacing animal-source foods with plant-based alternatives or whole foods decreases environmental impact, meets nutrition recommendations, and can be cost-competitive with the current average Swedish diet
Research news | 2024-01-29
Bird AI and sailing drones – green game changers for marine ecosystems
Groups of guillemots on an island in the Baltic Sea have unknowingly inspired how marine research can be done. Two AI-powered research projects can change how to monitor marine ecosystems – and potentially manage them in real-time
Research news | 2024-01-24
Centralised social networks can hinder innovation by making decision-making too similar
Social systems where influence is centred around one or two individuals can lead to pack mentality and groupthink in farming communities
Research news | 2024-01-23
Planetary Commons: Fostering global cooperation to safeguard critical Earth system functions
We should look at tipping elements of the Earth system as global commons, argue researchers in a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences