Owen Gaffney is a global sustainability analyst and writer and head of media at the Stockholm Resilience Centre
For almost two decades Gaffney has been involved in Earth system science research and communications. His work focuses on synthesising and assimilating knowledge on the state of the planet. He is interested the the Anthropocene, Earth system and social tipping points, governance, equality, technology and the changing flow of information in the world.
Gaffney is a qualified journalist, filmmaker and writer and trained as an astronautic and aeronautic engineer.
His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the BBC and the world’s leading academic journals Science and Nature. His work with Felix Pharand Deschenes has been shown at the UN Rio+20 Summit and the World Economic Forum, Davos.
In addition to his position at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Gaffney has a position as an analyst and policy advisor at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Berlin. He is a fellow at Future Earth and the Edmund Hillary Foundation, New Zealand. He is a member of faculty at Singularity University. He is former director of communications at Future Earth and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.
Exponential Roadmap: https://exponentialroadmap.org/
Nature Sustainability: Sustainability and resilience for transformation in the urban century
New Scientist: Quit carbon and quick
WWF, Living Planet Report: https://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/all_publications/living_planet_report_2018/
Sleeping Financial Giants: https://sleepinggiants.earth/publication/read-the-background-report/
Anthropocene Review: The Anthropocene equation
News articles with Gaffney, Owen
Research news | 2021-03-25
Centre wins bid to host 40 MSEK research programme on transformation to fossil free future
The 4-year programme, Fair Transformations to a Fossil Free Future, is funded jointly by Mistra and Formas
Research news | 2021-03-22
We are taking astounding risks, warn researchers
New report summarises recent research on the scale of human activity. Inequality and environmental challenges are deeply linked, this must be a transformative decade
Research news | 2020-02-14
Experts identify the five most important risks to the planet
The new "Our Future On Earth" report provides risks analysis based on survey of 222 global sustainability experts, including centre researchers
Research news | 2019-11-27
Time for an emergency response
Nine climate tipping points now are now “active” which means the situation is urgent and we need an emergency response, warn scientists