Victor is one of SRC’s deputy science directors, a position he has held since 2015, which entails securing that our unique and successful research organization and culture continues to flourish. His research deals with the governance challenges associated with planetary boundaries and the Earth system, including complex social-ecological systems and globally networked risks. In the latest years, he has studied the importance of global networks for dealing with large-sale surprises, and the role of financial actors and capital for changes in the biosphere and the Earth system.
Victor obtained combined environmental and political sciences Bachelor’s degrees. He was granted a PhD in political science in 2006 from the Department of Political Science at Göteborg University. Victor received an associate professor (docent) position in 2012, and a senior lecturer position in 2013.
Victor also engages with a number of different academic positions outside of the SRC:
Research news | 2017-01-25
Centre researcher and deputy science director Victor Galaz focuses on politics for sustainability in complex global societies
Research news | 2016-10-05
Global examples of a thriving sustainable social-ecological future published
Research news | 2016-08-24
How to use planetary boundaries as a guide for human ingenuity and innovation
Research news | 2016-03-23
Biodiversity observations on Twitter can contribute to ecological monitoring
2017 - Journal / article
The spatial and temporal dynamics of water resources are a continuous challenge for effective and sustainable national and international governance. The watershed is the most common spatial unit in water resources governance, which typically includes only surface and groundwater. However, recent advances in hydrology have revealed ‘atmospheric watersheds’ – otherwise known as precipitationsheds. Water flowing within a precipit...
2016 - Journal / article
The scale, rate, and intensity of humans’ environmental impact has engendered broad discussion about how to find plausible pathways of development that hold the most promise for fostering a better future in the Anthropocene. However, the dominance of dystopian visions of irreversible environmental degradation and societal collapse, along with overly optimistic utopias and business-as-usual scenarios that lack insight and innov...