Deputy director, GRAID

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Staff profile

Albert Norström is deputy director of GRAID and interim director of Future Earth's Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS)

Profile summary

  • Social-ecological systems
  • Ecosystem services
  • Coral reefs
  • Safe operating spaces
  • Tipping points
  • Regime shifts
  • Anthropocene

Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development (GRAID) is a programme hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It aims to bridge the worlds of resilience thinking and development practice.

Norström is also interim director for Future Earth's Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS). The principal approach of PECS research is the in-depth understanding of place-based, long-term social-ecological case studies, using a broadly similar set of conceptual frameworks and tools, leading to comparisons in order to reveal general principles for sustainably managing these systems. PECS also facilitates a set of dynamic, interdisciplinary PECS working groups that focus on different cross-cutting topics that require international collaboration.

Norström is co-leading two regional PECS case-studies in Sweden. The first project (SEEN) focuses on social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services in the Norrström basin, and explores the dynamics that contribute to the reliable production of ecosystem services in social-ecological systems. The second project focuses on similar research questions, but within the catchment area around Helgeå River in Southern Sweden - a complex social-ecological system where competing land uses accentuate upstream-downstream challenges ecosystem services management. This project is a collaborative effort between researchers at SRC and practitioners at Kristianstad’s Biosphere Office.

Norström is heavily engaged in the Seeds of a Good Anthropocene project, which is a suite of research activities that aim to solicit, explore, and develop a suite of alternative, plausible visions of “Good Anthropocenes” – positive visions of futures that are socially and ecologically desirable, just, and sustainable.

Norström is also working across multiple projects focusing on coral reefs and their futures in the Anthropocene. He is also part of the Ocean Tipping Points project, that is working to identify critical tipping points and indicators for effective coral reef management in the Hawaiian Islands.

Norström holds a PhD in natural resource management from Stockholm University

Norström is an active member of the Resilience Alliance, and is a subject editor for Ecology and Society. He serves as external scientific advisor to the EU FP7 research programme OPERAs. He is part of the development team of two Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks on Transformations and Food-Energy-Water Nexus.

Norström's work has also been featured in different media oulets, such as Sustainable Lens and Sveriges Radio P1.

Theme affiliation: Marine


Publications by Norström, Albert

Norström, Albert

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