- Resilience thinking
- Socio-ecological systems
- Sustainable development goals
- Lake Victoria
- Complex adaptive systems
- Global sustainability science
Andrea Downing's research focuses on how sustainable development in diverse local contexts combines to shape global resilience and sustainability
Downing's main research theme is to relate global perspectives on resilience thinking and social ecological systems to sustainable development needs at sub-global scales. Building on her work on the planetary boundaries concept, her research focuses on the often undifferentiated and unspecified human dimensions of global sustainability and on understanding how heterogeneously overlapping sub-global processes combine to shape dynamics at a global scale.
Downing has a background in ecology. For her PhD research she investigated the different roles of fishing and eutrophication on Lake Victoria (Africa)’s ecosystem from a purely ecological perspective and from a social-ecological system’s view, using multiple different modeling approaches.
Downing holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University (Netherlands), and carried out her Master’s studies at James Cook University in Australia. Her interests include socio-ecological systems, cross-scale dynamics, complex systems, theoretical ecology, time series analysis and ecological modelling.
News articles with Downing, Andrea
Research news | 2021-09-02
Uncovering the distal human and environmental impacts of China’s reforestation efforts
How and why national sustainability initiatives contribute to unsustainable global development
Research news | 2021-08-18
Want peace and security? Start by fixing the global food system
Ahead of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit researchers push for solutions that contribute to sustainable and just food system transformations
Research news | 2021-04-11
Uncovering the “who” and the “what” in sustainability
Centre researcher Andrea Downing on what it takes to achieve fair and just futures
Research news | 2021-03-08
Gender equality for the post-covid world?
To celebrate International Women's Day, we asked our researchers what it's like to be woman in science, and to reflect on how we can all be allies on the road to equality