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Centre research listed among top ten of most cited papers in policy

Three scientific works with heavy involvement from the Stockholm Resilience Centre have been included on a list of the ten most cited non-economics papers in policy documents by Nature

Nature has published an exclusive analysis of which research papers have gained the most attention from policymakers.

When economics articles are included – which otherwise dominate the list – three Centre articles are included in the top ten.

The three publications are:

  • Planetary boundaries: guiding human development on a changing planet, published in Science (2015)
  • Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems, published in The Lancet (2019)
  • A safe operating space for humanity, published in Nature (2009)

Centre co-founder Johan Rockström and other Centre researchers, among others Sarah Cornell, have been heavily involved in the research articles.

"This is a great science community effort that I'm proud to be part of. It underlines that high-level transdisciplinary research earns international recognition and, even more importantly, gets noticed by policymakers, supporting them in making evidence-based decisions", says Johan Rockström who is now Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Nature’s analysis reveals that interdisciplinary is particularly well-cited in policy documents.

Sarah Cornell comments:

“It’s encouraging to see that the research we do makes it onto the agenda of policymakers. These publications have also opened new scientific dialogues across research fields as well as extended our interactions in wider society.”

Published: 2024-04-18

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