PhD, Associate professor

Deputy director and deputy science director

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Staff profile

Line Gordon is the deputy director at Stockholm Resilience Centre and associate professor with a focus on freshwater resources, ecosystem services and food production

Profile summary

  • Social-ecological systems
  • Resilience thinking
  • Global sustainability
  • Food systems
  • Gastronomic landscapes
  • Water resources management
  • Moisture recycling
  • Sahel
  • Drylands

Line Gordon is an internationally recognized sustainability scientist with a passion for food that is good for both people and planet. In her research she is interested in tipping points and cross-scale interactions in the Anthropocene; i.e. how intentional and unintentional actions in one place can influence systemic change elsewhere. In research she integrates insights from resilience thinking, land use change, food systems, hydrology, and social-ecological systems.

She has an interdisciplinary background, with a PhD in Natural Resources Management from Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University, and a Post Doc at International Water Management Institute, with HQ in Sri Lanka. She has been a research theme leader at Stockholm Resilience Centre 2007-2015, a Deputy Science Director since 2013 and is the Deputy Director since 2015.

Line has long experience leading international research projects. One example is her research on Moisture recycling, analysing how land use change influence rainfall patterns and hydrology elsewhere. This research has been funded by the Swedish Research Council, Formas and Bolin Centre for Climate Change, and conducted together with researchers at e.g. TU Delft, Colorado State University, and RHIN in Kyoto. She has also led, and still contributes to several research projects in the Sahel region (including Burkina Faso, Niger, and Senegal), including research on ecosystem services, livelihoods and social-ecological resilience assessments. This research has been funded by grants from SIDA, the Swedish Research Council, CGIAR, and the French National Research Agency (ANR).

She now co-leads the food theme in the Wallenberg Foundation Stanford collaboration programmes on ‘Natural capital, resilience and biosphere stewardship’ and ‘Fundamental research in biosphere-based sustainability science’. She is also one of the authors of the EAT-Lancet Commission, and on its Executive Editorial Team. Gordon also sits on the Board of Trustees for EAT, a network that integrates knowledge on food, health, and sustainability to work towards providing environmental limits for healthy diets of the growing global population. She also work on aspirational change in food systems, especially in the Nordic region.

Line enjoys mentoring students, especially when they help figuring out complex issues such as where rain comes from and to what extent rainfall patterns are influenced by land use change elsewhere. She currently has one Post Doc (Miina Porkka on Water and Tipping points in Drylands), one PhD-student (Aniek Hebink on Urban Food Systems) and one MSc-student (Kajsa Resare Sahlin on flavor and sustainability of Swedish Beef).

Line has published over 50 research articles, including articles in PNAS and Trends in Ecology and the Environment. She also co-authored the book Water Resilience for Human Prosperity (2014) and has contributed to several other book chapters.

She is a popular speaker at Swedish and International events, especially around food system change, water resources management and more general aspects of sustainable development.

Previous PhD-students

Elin Enfors

Patrick W. Keys

Rebecka Malinga

Hanna Sinare

Lan-Wang Erlandsson

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Publications by Gordon, Line

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