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Staff profile

Belinda is director of the GRAID programme where she leads research on social-ecological resilience theory and approaches to sustainable development, with a focus on developing knowledge, methods, policy context and capacity in Southern Africa

Profile summary

  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem services
  • Human wellbeing
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Resilience
  • Knowledge co-production
  • Disaster risk

Professor Belinda Reyers is director of the GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development) programme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The GRAID is a long-term collaboration funded by Sida to build on the Centre’s ongoing extensive academic research in the theory and practice of resilience for development. Her current research involves regional and international collaborations, which aim to integrate knowledge on social-ecological systems and their role in supporting resilient societies into the policies and practices of decision makers. This work has supported several new collaborations between science and the private and public sectors in unlocking new investments, policy shifts and partnerships for improved ecosystem stewardship.

Belinda received her PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2001. She then worked as a senior lecturer at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch in South Africa until 2004. Subsequently, she established and led the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she also worked as a Chief Scientist until 2015. She is currently also an extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Belinda has held and is currently engaged with a number of programmes, councils, and journals. For example:

  • Vice-Chair Future Earth Science Committee
  • Coordinating lead author, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – Global and African Assessments (IPBES)
  • Co-founder and – lead of the Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society a component of the Future Earth Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS).
  • Past member Science Committee DIVERSITAS
  • Member and past co-chair GEOBON Working Group on Ecosystem Services.
  • Past Fellow of the Zoological Society of London
  • Review panel member for DFID/NERC/ESRC programme on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation.
  • Past Board Member of the Society for Conservation Biology – Africa Sector
  • Editor and subject editor: Ecology and Society (2013-2016), Conservation Letters (2007-2012), Animal Conservation (2004 – 2012), Journal of the South African National Parks: (2009 – ongoing), South African Journal of Wildlife Research

Awards and achievements:

  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, CEO’s Award (2012)
  • Meritorious Award: South Africa’s most influential women in business and government (2010)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Young Researcher Award (2006)
  • Mail and Guardian’s Annual Book of South African Women changemakers and leaders (2006)
  • South African National Department of Science and Technology’s Best Emerging Young Woman Scientist (2006)
  • Mail and Guardian’s exceptional and interesting 100 young South Africans (2006)
  • National Research Foundation Thuthuka women in science award (2002 - 2004)
  • University of Pretoria Exceptional Young Researcher Award (2002)

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