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Annual report 2019

We have never before produced so many peer-reviewed papers – and in high-impact journals – as in 2019

Story highlights

  • We produced more than 190 scientific articles published in over 100 different scientific journals
  • Grants and funding received during 2019 were also a record high
  • Five centre researchers among world’s most cited

WHAT WE DID IN 2019: With the first 12 YEARS of funding and development coming to an end in 2018, 2019 represented a year of transition for the centre.

A new leadership group headed by Line Gordon was put in place while the good relations and support from Stockholm University’s leadership and the collaborations with the Beijer Institute as well as the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences continued to flourish.

An International Scientific Advisory Council was established in 2019, made up of leading researchers in sustainability. This council complements our International Advisory Board on policy and business, which remains strong and engaged.

Record numbers in publications

In 2019, we produced more than 190 scientific articles published in over 100 different scientific journals.
Citations of our publications also increased. We have never before produced so many peer-reviewed papers – and in high-impact journals – as in 2019.

Furthermore, the grants and funding received during 2019 were a record high. This is particularly impressive considering that our core Mistra funding ended in 2018. What is striking is the explosion of new scientifi c insights coupled with a continuous increase in the number of articles, many of them appearing in top journals.

"The professionalism that characterises our transdisciplinary experiments, collaborations, training programmes and outreach work remains inspiring," writes Carl Folke, science director and chair of the centre board, in his preface to the annual report.

Investing in work culture

In her Directors' view, Line Gordon highlights the need to invest in a creative and collectively driven work culture.

Furthermore, she argues, "our work-culture aspirations can also be a trigger for important discussions about empathy and care beyond our own organisation, and involving many of the actors with whom we engage."

Let 2020 be a year where such empathy becomes visible in action, based on science that provides a deep understanding of how humans, the biosphere and the climate system interact.

Line Gordon, director, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Policy, practice and outreach

In 2019, the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) continued to to bring together diverse partners and ignite a resilience movement focused on action. Hosted at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the GRP is a community of public and private organisations joining forces towards a future where vulnerable people and places are able to thrive in the face of shocks, uncertainty and change.

GRP worked closely with another Sida-funded programme, Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene (GRAID), to convene and facilitate a series of Deep Dive dialogues to in identify different visions and initiatives of sustainable futures.

2019 was also a momentous year for Swedbio. The centre based programme continued to connect knowledge across a variety of local and global processes. That includes participating in a number of international policy events, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and IPBES. SwedBio also continued to support local and indigenous groups’ participation in the international policy arena, including the CBD.

As for media impact, 2019 broke all records. When considering all media stories where SRC’s work was highlighted but its name not, our media analysis tool picked up 6826 stories in print, online or broadcast. Stories where our name was included amounted to 2953, a slight increase from 2018 (2,660), which was already an exceptional year.

Education and training

Finally, 2019 saw the launch of new education programmes and a number of improvements to existing ones. Students from our master’s programme continue to work through their courses while also contributing to SRC activities. Five new PhD students joined the centre while our executive programme in resilience thinking ran
for a second time, connecting CEOs and board members of large companies to sustainability scientists and experts.

Oh, one final thing: five centre researchers among world’s most cited in 2019. Centre co-founders Carl Folke and Johan Rockström together with Oonsie Biggs, Stephan Barthel and Per Olsson were listed on the exclusive 2019 Clarivate Analytics overview of the world’s most cited researchers.

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Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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