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Centre researchers Maria Tengö and Per Olsson have helped develop a new postdoc funding programme to train and prepare the next generation of leading sustainability and transformation scientists and to support them in their careers.
The programme, called Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership, was initiated by the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, and enables postdocs working on the subject of sustainability and transformation at European research institutions to broaden their transdisciplinary research and leadership skills.
In addition to the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the project partners are the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) in Rotterdam.
The first programme cycle of the funding program is focused on "Food Systems and Food Sovereignty" and will bring together twenty participants from the US, China, and Mexico who are currently conducting research in Norway, Poland, and Germany.
Over the next two years, they will participate in four intensive high-end trainings. Each cycle will take place at one of the four centres mentioned above and focus on their respective expertise. The programme also offers seed funding to small groups of participants, who plan to initiate research collaborations. In addition, an active network of current and former participants of the program will be established.
"Transdisciplinary research is important for addressing the global challenges that we are facing. It is also a way for researchers to interact with the broader society. Building capacity for leadership in such research is therefor crucial and the reason why the Centre is part of this programme," say Per Olsson and Maria Tengö.
The goal of the Postdoc Academy is to train and prepare scientists to lead interdisciplinary teams and academic institutions successfully. The academic partners want to contribute to greater recognition of inter- and transdisciplinary research in academia.
Applicants should aim for a scientific leadership position and see themselves as academic “intrapreneurs” who actively shape and further develop their own organization through a sense of ownership, self-responsibility and transdisciplinary thinking.
The next application phase is scheduled for December 2018.
Per Olsson is leading the SRC research stream Resilience Science for Transformations, working with agency and system entrepreneurship, social-ecological innovations, and transformations to sustainability
Maria Tengö's research focuses on human-nature connections and implications for stewardship, and she is also co-leader of SRC research stream on Biosphere Stewardship.
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