Director, International media and strategy

Director of international media and strategy

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Owen Gaffney is a global sustainability analyst and writer and head of media at the Stockholm Resilience Centre

For almost two decades Gaffney has been involved in Earth system science research and communications. His work focuses on synthesising and assimilating knowledge on the state of the planet. He is interested the the Anthropocene, Earth system and social tipping points, governance, equality, technology and the changing flow of information in the world.

Gaffney is a qualified journalist, filmmaker and writer and trained as an astronautic and aeronautic engineer.

His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the BBC and the world’s leading academic journals Science and Nature. His work with Felix Pharand Deschenes has been shown at the UN Rio+20 Summit and the World Economic Forum, Davos.

In addition to his position at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Gaffney has a position as an analyst and policy advisor at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Berlin. He is a fellow at Future Earth and the Edmund Hillary Foundation, New Zealand. He is a member of faculty at Singularity University. He is former director of communications at Future Earth and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.


Nature: Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against

Exponential Roadmap: https://exponentialroadmap.org/

Sustainability: Rules to goals: emergence of new governance strategies for sustainable development

Nature Sustainability: Sustainability and resilience for transformation in the urban century

New Scientist: Quit carbon and quick

WWF, Living Planet Report: https://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/all_publications/living_planet_report_2018/

Sleeping Financial Giants: https://sleepinggiants.earth/publication/read-the-background-report/

Anthropocene Review: The Anthropocene equation


Publications by Gaffney, Owen