- Adaptive governance
- Bridging organisations
- Resilience Assessments
- Biosphere reserves
Lisen Schultz is the programme director for the centre's executive programme in resilience thinking. She is also responsible for the organisational development of the centre
In her role as deputy director of transdisciplinarity, Schultz focuses on maintaining and developing our organisation in its mission to support excellence and innovation. She has also designed our executive programme in resilience thinking, together with the Pontus Schultz Foundation, and is responsible for its delivery and development.
As coordinating leader of the Biosphere Stewardship research stream at SRC, Schultz facilitates the advancement of this field of research at the SRC by bringing people and insights from various projects together in synthetic activities. Biosphere stewardship is a phenomenon that emerges from regenerative relationships between people and living systems. The concept directs attention to the capacity of humans to act in concert with living systems, rather than in ways that erode them. On a human-dominated planet, biosphere stewardship is becoming increasingly important and the stream explores, e.g. how it emerges in various settings and how it can be nurtured.
Schultz is also an appreciated teacher who often gives lectures at universities as well as to companies, governmental bodies, civic associations and the public. Topics include: resilience assessments, qualitative methods, surveys, social-ecological inventories, ecosystem services, and local solutions to global challenges.
Schultz holds a PhD in Natural Resource Management from Stockholm University, awarded in 2009. She is trained in qualitative methods, resilience assessments, ecosystem services assessments, and facilitation.
During her post-doctoral research, she coordinated the development of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) and initiated a research project on diversity and collaboration funded by Ebba och Sven Schwartz Stiftelse (2011-2016). She also initiated two research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council: GLEAN (A global survey of learning and participation in ecosystem management, 2011-2017) and BiosACM (Diagnosing processes and outcomes in adaptive co-management, 2013-2017).
Most of Schultz’ research has been conducted in UNESCO biosphere reserves. Biosphere can be seen as natural experiments with adaptive governance, adaptive co-management and biosphere stewardship. In these settings, she explores processes and outcomes of adaptive co-management, stakeholder participation, and learning, using interviews, surveys and workshops. A key research interest is what kinds of leadership help in navigating complex social-ecological systems.
Throughout Schultz’ career, she has engaged in the interface between science and society, bringing knowledge to action in processes ranging from municipal planning to international negotiations. For example, she has done research on ecosystem services and on biosphere reserves for Agenda 2030 with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, she has conducted resilience assessments with Swedish biosphere reserves and municipalities, and she assisted the Swedish delegation in the early negotiations on establishing the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
• Contributor in the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2001-2005)
• Member of the scientific committee for the Resilience 2017 conference
• Interdisciplinary participant of the first Antarctic Biennale 2017, an expedition to Antarctica, engaging with artists to develop new visions for the future.
• Founded the Pontus Schultz Foundation in 2012, which developed into an important platform for CEOs, experts and change makers in the Swedish business community to advance sustainability for prosperity.
• Member of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO (2018-2021)
• Expert member of UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme Strategy group (2015-2016)
• Board member of Albaeco
Katja Malmborg, PhD candidate
News articles with Schultz, Lisen
Research news | 2021-09-03
How Sweden’s top business leaders accelerate towards sustainability
In 2018 the centre launched an executive programme in resilience thinking. A new book provides insights into what some of Sweden's most influential CEOs and board members learned from the programme
Research news | 2021-06-09
Four signs the seafood industry is getting wiser about the ocean
“Bitter realities” remain but signs exist that seafood industry operations are starting to be more reflective of stewardship ideals
Research news | 2020-10-19
How to make ecosystem services assessments informative and feasible
New study shows how to engage with stakeholders in order for a science-based assessment to have an impact
General news | 2019-05-28
Where sustainability means business
In order for sustainability issues to permeate the business world, CEOs and board members need to develop their own understanding of these issues. A centre executive programme helps unleash their potential to contribute to a prosperous planet
Videos with Schultz, Lisen
Människan och biosfären
Presentation av Lisen Schultz för UR Samtiden 2021
Building business resilience: what has Covid-19 taught us?
Economies around the world have been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and revealed serious vulnerabilities and weaknesses. What can we learn from today’s crisis to build more resilience into our systems?