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Centre receives funding boost from Swedish research council Formas
Three projects looking at ways to realise the Sustainable Development Goals receive almost SEK 60 million in funding
Several researchers based at the Stockholm Resilience Centre or its partnering institution Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics were among the successful applicants to receive funding for projects designed to create research that is highly relevant to the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Formas call Realising the Sustainable Development Goals received a total of 174 applications, but only 11 projects were selected for funding.
Three of these had strong contributions from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and its partner, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Science in action: intersecting pathways to the SDGs across scales in the drylands
This project addresses the critical issues of co-designing inclusive pathways towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a science-action research process in three critical dryland regions - Senegal, Brazil, and Spain. The project will advance knowledge on barriers and leverage points for the achievement of the SDGs through participative transdisciplinary processes operating at multiple levels, from local to global, as a means to connect global goals to local issues and aspirations.
Centre researchers involved: Ana Paula Aguiar, Amanda Jiménez-Aceituno, Deborah Goffner, Andrea Downing, Hanna Sinare, Maria Mancilla, David Collste, Ashley Perl, Steven Lade
Achieving the sustainable development goals in an unequal world
This project will identify synergies and trade-offs between reducing inequalities (SDG 10) and safeguarding the biosphere (SDGs 14 and 15). It will:
1) identify patterns between different types of inequality and environmental indicators
2) investigate processes hindering the achievement of the SDGs, as exemplified in the seafood and palm oil industries in Indonesia
3) identify practices that can harness win/win interactions between SDGs while minimizing trade-offs.
Centre researchers and colleagues from the Beijer Institute involved: Carl Folke, Caroline Schill, Patrik Henriksson, Emilie Lindkvist, Juan Carlos Rocha, Anne-Sophie Crepín
The Economics of Planetary Boundaries
This project will identify new computer modelling tools to answer questions like:
What would be the impact on the planetary pressures if we solve the climate and hunger problems simultaneously?
What is the effect on the planetary pressures of directing technical change towards agriculture, or to transformed energy systems?
Which policies respect and maintain the planet’s safe operating space without hindering progress on the sustainable development goals?
Centre researchers and colleagues from the Beijer Institute involved: Sarah Cornell, Steve Lade, Peter Søgaard Jørgensen, Johan Gars, Gustav Engström
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Having good neighbours and few top predators make predatory fish populations more resilient
A regime shift is gradually spreading through the archipelagos of the Swedish Baltic Sea coast, where shallow bays, previously dominated by pike and perch have one by one become dominated by one of their prey species, the three-spined stickleback.
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Eating new plant-based foods can be good for the environment, your health and your economy
Replacing animal-source foods with plant-based alternatives or whole foods decreases environmental impact, meets nutrition recommendations, and can be cost-competitive with the current average Swedish diet
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Bird AI and sailing drones – green game changers for marine ecosystems
Groups of guillemots on an island in the Baltic Sea have unknowingly inspired how marine research can be done. Two AI-powered research projects can change how to monitor marine ecosystems – and potentially manage them in real-time
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Centralised social networks can hinder innovation by making decision-making too similar
Social systems where influence is centred around one or two individuals can lead to pack mentality and groupthink in farming communities
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Planetary Commons: Fostering global cooperation to safeguard critical Earth system functions
We should look at tipping elements of the Earth system as global commons, argue researchers in a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Research news | 2024-01-22
Soy: A world journey from success to uncertainty
From a bean valued for its multitude of functions in ancient China to one of the most traded agricultural commodities of the modern world: the soybean has gone through dramatic changes throughout the millennia.