Photo: T. Hermansson Snickars

Photo: T. Hermansson Snickars/Azote

Stockholm seminars

Extreme events call for a resilient urban SETS infrastructure

Stockholm Seminar with Nancy B. Grimm 13 May 2016


Urbanization is increasing and climate change is an emerging threat. These two realities of the 21st century are on a collision course. To ensure the resilience of desired attributes of cities in the face of this impending collision,  a new concept of infrastructure that integrates social, ecological, and technological (SETS) elements is required.

About Nancy B. Grimm
Nancy B. Grimm is Professor of Ecology and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University, where she studies the interaction of climate variation and change, human activities, and ecosystems. Her interdisciplinary research in both urban and stream ecosystems has focused on disturbance, resilience, and biogeochemical processes. From 1997-2016 Grimm directed the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program, an interdisciplinary study of the Phoenix metropolitan region, with pioneering studies of urban social-ecological systems that conceptually expanded ecology.

She currently co-directs a Sustainability Research Network focused on urban resilience to weather-related extreme events. Grimm has been President of the Ecological Society of America and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Ecological Society of America. She is an editor for Earth’s Future, a past program director for the U.S. National Science Foundation and senior scientist for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, author or co-author of over 170 scientific publications, and a lead author for two chapters of the U.S. National Climate Assessment, released in 2014.

Event details


Friday 13 May, 2016

Linné Hall,
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA)
Lilla Frescativägen 4A
SE-114 18 Stockholm


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

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B
Phone: +46 8 674 70 70

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