Researcher, Head of Knowledge and Evidence, Global Resilience Partnership
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- Social-ecological systems
- Knowledge co-production
- Resilience assessment
- Marine and ocean risks
Albert Norström leads the Global Resilience Partnership’s efforts to advance knowledge on the role of resilience in achieving long term human wellbeing and the maintenance of planetary life-support systems
Norström currently serves as the Head of Knowledge of the Global resilience Partnership. The GRP is made up of 60+ organisations that have joined forces to work together towards a world where people and places are able to persist, adapt and transform in the face of shocks, uncertainty, and change. The GRP secretariat is hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.
Norströms background is coral reef ecology, but his ongoing research areas are broad. His current work spans the social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services, resilience in vulnerable and fragile contexts, the development of positive social-ecological visions for sustainable futures and delivering better frameworks to understand what is meant by knowledge co-production in sustainability research.
Norström is also 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 served as Executive Director of Future Earth's Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) between 2011-2018. PECS integrates research on the stewardship of social–ecological systems, the services they generate, and the relationships among ecosystems, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality, and poverty.
Between 2018-2020 he served as the Deputy Director of the Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development (GRAID) programme which was hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Norström is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the Future Earth Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), and a member of the UNFCCC Race to Resilience technical & methodological expert group.
Awards and achievements
- 2019 recipient of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Innovation in Sustainability Science Award (together with other co-authors) for the 2016 study "Bright spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene" which was published in 2016 in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
- BiodivERsA/FORMAS “Eastern Tropical Pacific reef fish on the move: biodiversity reorganisation and societal consequences”
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs UK Govt Blue Planet Fund “Ocean risks and vulnerabilities in SIDS and LDCs”
Folke, C., R. Biggs, A. V. Norström, B. Reyers, and J. Rockström. 2016. Social-ecological resilience and biosphere-based sustainability science. Ecology and Society 21(3):art41.
Norström, A. V., C. Cvitanovic, M. F. Löf, S. West, C. Wyborn, P. Balvanera, A. T. Bednarek, E. M. Bennett, R. Biggs, A. de Bremond, B. M. Campbell, J. G. Canadell, S. R. Carpenter, C. Folke, E. A. Fulton, O. Gaffney, S. Gelcich, J. Jouffray, M. Leach, M. Le Tissier, B. Martín-López, E. Louder, M. Loutre, A. M. Meadow, H. Nagendra, D. Payne, G. D. Peterson, B. Reyers, R. Scholes, C. I. Speranza, M. Spierenburg, M. Stafford-Smith, M. Tengö, S. van der Hel, I. van Putten, and H. Österblom. 2020. Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research. Nature Sustainability 3(3):182–190.
Nyström, M., J.-B. Jouffray, A. V. Norström, B. Crona, P. Søgaard Jørgensen, S. R. Carpenter, Ö. Bodin, V. Galaz, and C. Folke. 2019. Anatomy and resilience of the global production ecosystem. Nature 575(7781):98–108.
Bennett, E. M., M. Solan, R. Biggs, T. McPhearson, A. V. Norström, P. Olsson, L. Pereira, G. D. Peterson, C. Raudsepp-Hearne, F. Biermann, S. R. Carpenter, E. C. Ellis, T. Hichert, V. Galaz, M. Lahsen, M. Milkoreit, B. Martin López, K. a. Nicholas, R. Preiser, G. Vince, J. M. Vervoort, and J. Xu. 2016. Bright spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14(8):441–448.
Jouffray, J., R. Blasiak, A. V. Norström, H. Österblom, and M. Nyström. 2020. The Blue Acceleration: The Trajectory of Human Expansion into the Ocean. One Earth 2(1):43–54.
News articles with Norström, Albert
Research news | 2023-01-30
Policymakers need to work more closely with researchers to fight the global food crisis
We are facing the worst food crisis in modern history – Sweden and the EU need to take action to shift how food is produced and consumed. That was the message from researchers to policymakers during a high-level meeting for the Swedish government at Stockholm Resilience Centre
Research news | 2022-12-16
Lack of understanding of ocean risks can worsen inequities
Ocean-related risks are not well understood in the region which might be hardest hit by them, Sub-Saharan Africa, concludes new review
Research news | 2022-05-27
World stumbling into a new era of risk, concludes climate security report
New report illustrates the complex ways that the climate and security crises are starting to interact around the world
Research news | 2022-05-20
Relaunch of hub on environment, climate and security
Swedish government launches second phase of the Stockholm Hub on Environment, Climate and Security, building knowledge on how climate and environmental change lead to human insecurities
Publications by Norström, Albert
Advancing research on ecosystem service bundles for comparative assessments and synthesis
Journal / article | 2022
Social-ecological interactions have been shown to generate interrelated and reoccurring sets of ecosystem services, also known as ecosystem service bundles. Given the potential utility of the bundles concept, along with the recent surge in interest it is timely to reflect on the concept, its current use and potential for the future. Based on our ecosystem service bundle experience, expertise, and ecosystem service bundle analy...
Amplifying actions for food system transformation: insights from the Stockholm region
Journal / article | 2022
Food is essential to people and is one of the main ways in which people are connected to the world’s ecosystems. However, food systems often cause ecosystem degradation and produce ill-health, which has generated increasing calls to transform food systems to be more sustainable. The Swedish food system is currently undergoing substantial change. A varied set of local actors have created alternative sustainability initiatives t...
Embracing complexity in landscape management: Learning and impacts of a participatory resilience assessment
Journal / article | 2022
Landscapes and their management are at the center of many of the sustainability challenges that we face. Landscapes can be described as social-ecological systems shaped by a myriad of human activities and biophysical processes, interacting across space and time. Managing them sustainably requires considering this complexity. Resilience thinking offers ways to address complexity in decision-making. In this paper, we analyse th...