Maja

Schlüter

PhD

Researcher and stream leader: Complex adaptive systems/ Resilience thinking

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Maja Schlüter is a researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre studying the co-evolution of social-ecological systems (SES) resulting from interactions between actors, institutions and ecosystems over time

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  • Maja has worked at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany; Princeton University and the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and
    Inland Fisheries, Berlin
  • She has also spent time working with UNESCO developing the water-related vision for the Aral Sea Basin and is involved in the SESclub that is actively testing and further developing the SES framework proposed by Elinor Ostrom
  • She is currently the holder of an ERC starting grant on modeling social-ecological systems and heads the research group SES-LINK

Maja Schlüter is a researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre studying the co-evolution of social-ecological systems (SES) resulting from interactions between actors, institutions and ecosystems over time.

She is particularly interested in how the nature of the links between the social and ecological systems affects the resilience and governance of SES. To this end she uses simulation modeling (agent-based simulation, bio-economic, evolutionary game theory) and empirical research to investigate the role of (missing) feedbacks between environmental and human behavioral or institutional change for the capacity of a SES to adapt.

Maja’s research has focused particularly on common pool resource systems such as irrigation and fisheries. She has worked for many years on water use trade-offs, water management and governance in the Amudarya river basin in Central Asia. She is also studying fisheries in Germany, Mexico and the Baltic Sea as coupled social-ecological systems.

Her core research activities focus on the following key questions:

- Which social-ecological structures and feedbacks enable or prevent a SES to adapt or transform in the face of external or internal pressures? This research focuses on the development of a typology of SES linkages and a systematic analysis of different constellations of linkages using theoretical and empirically-based dynamic modeling approaches (ERC-project SES-LINK)

- How can pro-social behavior and norms stabilize cooperation in variable social and ecological environments? This research involves the use of evolutionary game theory and agent-based modeling to understand cooperation in common pool resource use where social or ecological conditions change.

- Can we develop a common language/framework for integrative analysis of social-ecological systems? This work investigates methodological and philosophical challenges of interdisciplinary research, particularly the further development of the SES framework proposed by Elinor Ostrom and methods for modeling SES.

Maja holds a PhD in Applied System Science from the University of Osnabrück, Germany and a master in Marine Ecology from the University of Bremen. Prior to coming to SRC she has worked at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany; Princeton University and the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin. She has also spent time working with UNESCO developing the water-related vision for the Aral Sea Basin and is involved in the SESclub that is actively testing and further developing the SES framework proposed by Elinor Ostrom.

Maja is currently the holder of an ERC starting grant on modeling social-ecological systems and heads the research group SES-LINK.

Read more about SES-LINK here or visit the project's external website here

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