Postdoctoral researcher

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Profile summary

  • Dynamical systems modeling
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Causation in complex systems
  • Poverty traps
  • Game-theoretic models

Sonja Radosavljevic's research focuses on understanding nonlinear dynamics of social-ecological systems, particularly using mechanisms that lead to and preserve poverty traps

Radosavljevic uses her background in mathematics and theoretical methods, such as dynamical systems theory and game-theoretic modeling, to study social-ecological systems.

Two main areas of her research are: 1) analysis of nonlinear dynamics that gives rise to poverty traps, and 2) exploring causation in social-ecological systems through dynamical systems approach. She is leading the project “Sustainable poverty alleviation at the intersection of agricultural dynamics and farmers’ decision making”.

Combining dynamical systems modeling and participatory role-playing games will enable uncovering key social and environmental dynamics associated with poverty traps and ways to overcome them in small-scale agricultural systems.

She is also a participating researcher in the project “Approaches to causation in the social and natural sciences and their implications for theory building in sustainability science” lead by Maja Schlüter.

Radosavljevic received PhD in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Linköping University in 2016 for her work on ecological modeling, especially population dynamics in spatiotemporal variable habitats. She joined SRC in 2017 as a postdoc in Maja Schlüter’s research group and started working on social-ecological systems modeling.

Awards and achievements

  • FORMAS research grant on poverty alleviation using dynamical systems modeling and participatory role-playing games, 2021
  • Travel grant by Längmanska kulturfonden, 2018, 2020
  • Travel grant by Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation, 2018

Current funding

  • European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 682472 (MuSES)
  • Swedish Research Council (grant No 2018-06139 - CauSES)

Key publications

S. Radosavljevic, L. J. Haider, S. Lade, M. Schluter. Implications of poverty traps across levels. (2021). World Development. Volume 144, 105437,

V. Kozlov, S. Radosavljevic, V. Tkachev, U. Wennergren. Global stability of an age-structured population model on several temporally varying patches. Journal of Mathematical Biology, (2021) 83:68,

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),

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.

T. Banitz, T. Hertz, L.-G. Johansson, E. Lindkvist, R. Martínez Pena, S. Radosavljevic, K. Wennberg, M.Schlüter, P. Ylikoski, V. Grimm. Visualization of causation in social-ecological systems. Accepted by Ecology & Society.

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Publications by Radosavljevic, Sonja