Profile summary

  • 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)

Key publications

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.

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.

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,

S. Radosavljevic, L. J. Haider, S. Lade, M. Schluter. (2021). Implications of poverty traps across levels. World Development. Volume 144, 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).

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.

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),

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Publications by Radosavljevic, Sonja