How our science has an impact
We partner with a rich variety of actors and stakeholders to produce problem-based and solutions-oriented sustainability science
The complex problems the world is currently facing requires a diversity of perspectives and respect for different approaches. This is what our work is about. It is problem-based and solutions-oriented sustainability science.
We partner not only with colleagues from a range of scientific disciplines but also with an equally rich variety of actors and stakeholders in society. They are farmers, fisherfolks, chefs, non-governmental organizations, municipalities, national governments, the European Parliament, UN agencies, community elders, human rights groups, and global development aid organizations.
We seek solutions through constructive discussion and mutual respect, between science, policy, industry and communities.
This diverse interaction provides us with a deep understanding of multiple knowledge systems and approaches. It is instrumental for designing our research, identification of problems, and consideration of possible solutions.
We engage with individual scientific networks on all continents and contribute to global scientific processes, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
We work with startup companies and entrepreneurs, and with the largest transnational corporations in the world.
Trust, time and curiosity
We seek solutions through constructive discussion and mutual respect, between science, policy, industry and communities. To succeed, we are critically dependent on trust, time, and personal relationships. This requires collaborative learning and exchange of ideas that may not yet be developed, in arenas that do not yet exist.
These interactions have one main purpose: to produce good sustainability science. Our science, and the questions we ask, originate from our curiosity. When that curiosity is shared with other partners, and we are able to explore new things together, we often find surprisingly new approaches to old problems. Our science is able to influence action in the real world, in part because we have a freedom to explore novelty.
Research news | 2021-07-03
Groundbreaking book on methods to study social-ecological systems
Open-access book covers 28 broad groups of methods, featuring contributions from almost a hundred authors in 16 countries
Research news | 2021-06-23
Better scenario building can help curb global threat of invasive species
Invasive species remain largely ignored in current future analyses. Experts present first set ever of alternative futures for global biological invasions
Research news | 2021-06-22
New software helps design sustainable cities
Natural Capital Project have developed a software that shows city planners where to invest in nature to improve people’s lives. It will also save billions of dollars
Research news | 2021-06-21
Proximity to green boosts building projects
Proximity to ecosystem services raises the value of residential and commercial areas around cities. Future projects should focus more to keep it that way
Research news | 2021-06-18
How much is the right amount of meat?
Celebrating World Sustainable Gastronomy Day, centre doctoral student Kajsa Resare Sahlin on why we need to better understand how much ‘less’ meat actually is and what ‘better’ means
Research news | 2021-06-18
The accidental chef
How a former PhD student’s book on food and life in the Pamir Mountains won the world’s most prestigious culinary book award