- Dynamical systems modeling
- Equilibrium and non-equilibrium dynamics
- Transient behavior, stability and sensitivity analysis
- Poverty traps
- Regime shifts
Sonja Radosavljevic's research aims to increase understanding of dynamics of human-nature interactions by using mathematical methods and models.
Radosavljevic uses her background in mathematics and ecological modeling to study social-ecological systems dynamics. She applies dynamical systems modeling to explore how the structure of a social-ecological system shapes its behavior.
Her research has two major branches. First is the analysis of cross-level interactions that create and preserves poverty traps. Models range from theoretical models of agro-ecosystem dynamics to empirically grounded models that aim to explain how interactions beween farmers decision-making and agrosystem dynamcis can lead to food security and poverty alleviation. The second branch is about exploring causation in social-ecological systems through dynamical systems approach. As a participating researcher in CauSES project lead by Maja Schlüter, she is able to use power of mathematical tools to uncover key social-ecological feedbacks that are responsible for observed systems behavior.
She received a PhD in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Linköping University in 2016 for her work in ecological modeling and analysing population dynamics in spatio-temporal variable environment. She joined the Stockholm Resilience Centre in 2017 as a postdoc in Maja Schlüter’s research group and used knowledge about ecological modeling to develop social-ecological models.
Awards and achievements:
- FORMAS research grant on sustainable poverty alleviation and food security (2021)
- Saari residence by Kone Foundation, Finland for art-science integration (2022)
- Travel grant by Längmanska kulturfonden (2018, 2020)
- Travel grant by Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation (2018)
T. Banitz, T. Hertz, M. Schlüter, E. Lindkvist, S. Radosavljevic, L.-G. Johansson, P. Ylikoski, R. Martinez Pena, V. Grimm. (2022). Model-derived causal explanations are inherently constrained by hidden assumptions and context: The example of Baltic cod position paper. Environmental Modelling & Software. 105489. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2022.105489
T. Banitz, T. Hertz, L.-G. Johansson, E. Lindkvist, R. Martínez Pena, S. Radosavljevic, K. Wennberg, M. Schlüter, P. Ylikoski, V. Grimm. (2022) Visualization of causation in social-ecological systems. Ecology & Society. 27(1):31. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-13030-270131
V. Kozlov, S. Radosavljevic, V. Tkachev, U. Wennergren. (2021). Global stability of an age-structured population model on several temporally varying patches. Journal of Mathematical Biology. 83:68, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00285-021-01701-3
S. Radosavljevic, L. J. Haider, S. Lade, M. Schluter. (2021). Implications of poverty traps across levels. World Development. Volume 144, 105437, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105437
Elsler, L.G., Frawley, T.H., Britten, G.L., Crowder, L.B., Gilly, W.F., Radosavljevic, S., Schlüter, M., DuBois, T, A. S. Crepin. Social relationship dynamics mediate climatic impacts on income inequality: evidence from the Humboldt squid fishery. Regional Environ Change 21, 35 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-021-01747-5
Martin, R., Radosavljevic, S., Schlüter, M. (2020). Short-term decisions in lake restoration have long-term consequences for water quality. Regional Environmental Change, 20(3), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-020-01643-4
S. Radosavljevic, L.J. Haider, S. Lade, M. Schluter. Effective alleviation of rural poverty depends on the interplay between assets, nutrients, water and soil quality, Ecological Economics, Vol. 169, (2020), doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106494
News articles with Radosavljevic, Sonja
Research news | 2022-04-22
How to visualize cause and effect
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Research news | 2021-03-26
Human relationships are still missing from fisheries management models
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Research news | 2020-06-23
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