- Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals
- System Dynamics
- Systems thinking
- Development economics
- Political economy
- Integrated planning
- Rethinking economics
David Collste's PhD research focuses on integrated modeling for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda as part of the EU-funded ‘Adaptation to a New Economic Reality’ project
Collste is part of the project ‘AdaptEcon: Adapting to a new economic reality’. AdaptEcon is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the EU in the frame of H2020 and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. Collste’s part of the project focuses on integrated assessment tools and modeling for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of the AdaptEcon project, Collste is working towards a joint PhD from Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockhlm University (Sustainability Science) and CERDI at Université Clermont Auvergne (Economics), in Clermont Ferrand, France. Collste is also working with SwedBio’s African Dialogues on The World In 2050.
Collste has worked within the associated negotiation processes at the United Nations on the 2030 Agenda and SDGs for the European Union.
Before joining Stockholm Resilience Centre, he was product manager for insurance and finance at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen).
Collste has a background in System Dynamics and holds a joint European Master in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen and the New University of Lisbon. He also holds an MSc in Business Administration from Radboud University (Netherlands), an MSc in Political Sciences from Uppsala University and a BSc in Political Sciences with Economics as major from Uppsala University.
Collste is a member of the Balaton Group - a global network for collaboration on systems thinking and sustainability. He is affiliated with the Millennium Institute where he has worked on the system dynamics-based model Threshold 21 iSDG. He is a member of the System Dynamics Society.
Awards and achievements:
- Best Paper Award Winner at the 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development. Paper title: Policy Coherence to Achieve the SDGs
- System Dynamics Application Award 2017: Threshold 21 Model for Long-Term National Development Planning (with Steven Arquitt, Carla S. Assuad, Melak M. Ayenew, Gerald O. Barney, Santiago M. Blanco, Hans R. Herren, Maximilian Kleemann, Matteo Pedercini, Weishuang Qu, John D. Shilling and Gunda Zuellich)
- Barry Richmond Scholarship Award for Systems Thinking 2014
- Elected Sweden’s Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2013
News articles with Collste, David
Research news | 2021-05-25
Why local sustainability planning should be globally focused
Local efforts to reach sustainability goals risk causing “spillover effects” on global goals for sustainability. Managing these impacts better should be a priority
Research news | 2021-03-25
Centre wins bid to host 40 MSEK research programme on transformation to fossil free future
The 4-year programme, Fair Transformations to a Fossil Free Future, is funded jointly by Mistra and Formas
Research news | 2021-03-08
Gender equality for the post-covid world?
To celebrate International Women's Day, we asked our researchers what it's like to be woman in science, and to reflect on how we can all be allies on the road to equality
Research news | 2020-12-15
Swedbio: work related to the 2020 Human Development Report
SwedBio enables knowledge generation, dialogue and exchange between practitioners, policy makers and scientists for development and implementation of policies within poverty alleviation, equity, sustainable livelihoods and social-ecological systems rich in biodiversity