Below is a selection of some of the most cited and requested publications that has been published by the Stockholm Resilience Centre during 2007-2017

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Selected publications 2007-2017

Science director Carl Folke selects some of the most significant articles published during the first ten years of the centre's existence

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Highlighting the bright spots
Global examples of a thriving sustainable social-ecological future
Bennett, E. M., Solan, M., Biggs, R., McPhearson, T., Norström, A. V.,Olsson, P., Pereira, L., Peterson, G. D., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Biermann, F., Carpenter, S. R., et al. 2016. Bright spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(8): 441-448

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Lessons learned from Stockholm
Paper summarises 15 years of centre research in the Stockholm urban region
Andersson, E., Barthel, S., Borgström, S., Colding, J., Elmqvist, T., Folke, C., and Gren, Å. 2014. Reconnecting cities to the biosphere: stewardship of green infrastructure and urban ecosystem services. Ambio, 43: 445-453

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Insights from the Shire for the future Earth
Social memory of agricultural practices important for biodiversity and food security
Barthel, S., Crumley, C., and Svedin, U. 2013. Biocultural refugia: safeguarding diversity of practices for food security and biodiversity. Global Environmental Change, 23, 1142-1152

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Making it in Makanya
Holistic approaches to sub-Saharan farming can unlock poverty traps
Enfors, E. 2013. Social–ecological traps and transformations in dryland agro-ecosystems: using water system innovations to change the trajectory of development. Global Environmental Change, 23, 51-60

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Rephrasing resilience
Why adaptability and transformability is part of, not opposite, resilience
Folke, C., Carpenter, S. R., Walker, B., Scheffer, M., Chapin, T., and Rockström, J. 2010. Resilience thinking: integrating resilience, adaptability and transformability. Ecology and Society, 15(4): 20

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This land is your land...
Urban green areas managed by citizens can reduce ecosystem management costs and help people reconnect to nature
Colding, J., and Barthel, S. 2013. The potential of “Urban Green Commons” in the resilience building of cities. Ecological Economics, 86, 156-166

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Banking for ecologists
Hidden ecological effects of algorithmic trade and new financial instruments
Galaz, V., Gars, J., Moberg, F., Nykvist, B. and Repinski, C.2015. Why ecologists should care about financial markets. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30: 571-58

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Consistent responses to unpredictable events
Similarities found in global networks’ response to large-scale
abrupt crises
Galaz, V., Österblom, H., Bodin, Ö., and Crona, B. 2014. Global networks and global change-induced tipping points. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 1573-155

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Warnings: Ecosystem “flips” imperil poor regions
Canadian and Swedish researchers probe links between agriculture and environmental degradation
Gordon, L. J., Peterson, G. D., and Bennett, E. 2008. Agricultural modifications of hydrological flows create ecological surprises. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 23: 211-219

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Syndromes of change
How international seafood trade impacts small-scale fisheries
Crona, B. I., Van Holt, T., Petersson, M., Daw, T. M., and Buchary, E. 2015. Using social-ecological syndromes to understand impacts of international seafood trade on small-scale fisheries. Global Environmental Change, 35: 162-175

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Networks matter in natural resource governance
Social networks might be more important than formal institutions
Bodin, Ö., and Crona, B. 2009. The role of social networks in natural resource governance: what relational patterns make a difference? Global Environmental Change – Human and Policy Dimensions, 19, 366-374

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A matter of principle
Seven policy-relevant principles for resilient ecosystem services
Biggs, R., Schlüter, M., Biggs, D., Bohensky, E. L., Burn Silver, S., Cundill, G., Dakos, V., Daw, T. M., Evans, L. S., Kotschy, K., Leitch, A. M., Meek, C., Quinlan, A., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Robards, M. D., Schoon, M. L., Schultz, L., and West, P.C. 2012. Toward principles for enhancing the resilience of ecosystem services. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 37, 421-448

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Keystone actors shape marine ecosystems
Thirteen corporations control up to 40 per cent of world’s most valuable fisheries
Österblom, H., Jouffray, J.-B., Folke, C., Crona, B., Troell, M., Merrie, A., and Rockström, J. 2015. Transnational corporations as “keystone actors” in marine ecosystems. PLoS ONE

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Six degrees of commodification
Economic instruments for biodiversity and ecosystem services need not rely on markets or monetary valuation
Hahn, T., McDermott, C., Ituarte-Lima, C, et al. 2015. Purposes and degrees of commodification: economic instruments for biodiversity and ecosystem services need not rely on markets or monetary valuation. Ecosystem Services, 16:74-82

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Quite a lot of that human touch
How humans matter for ecological regime shifts
Lade, S. J., Niiranen, S., Hentati-Sundberg, J., Blenckner, T., Boonstra, W. J., Orach, K., Quaas, M. F., Österblom, H., and Schlüter, M. 2015. An empirical model of the Baltic Sea reveals the importance of social dynamics for ecological regime shifts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 112: 11120-11125

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The plants that regulate the rain
Why landscapes that regulate downwind rainfall are key producers of ecosystem services
Keys P. W., Wang-Erlandsson L., and Gordon L. J. 2016. Revealing invisible water: moisture recycling as an ecosystem service. PLoS ONE, 11(3)

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The hidden cost of coerced resilience
Centre researchers look into forced resilience of intensive
agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and aquaculture systems
Rist, L., Felton, A., Nyström, M., Troell, M., Sponseller, R. A., Bengtsson, J., Österblom, H., Lindborg, R., Tidåker, P., Angeler, D. G., Milestad, R., and Moen, J. 2014. Applying resilience thinking to production ecosystems. Ecosphere, 5(6): 73

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A wicked problem
Unregulated fisheries resilient to international enforcement
measures
Österblom, H., Sumaila, U. R., Bodin, Ö., Hentati Sundberg, J., and Press, A. J. 2010. Adapting to regional enforcement: fishing down the governance index. PLoS ONE, 5(9): e12832

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Turbulent times
How much more fishing, nutrient pollution, and climate change can the world’s coral reefs endure?
Norström A. V., Nyström, M., Jouffray, J. B., Folke, C., Graham, N., Moberg, F., Olsson, P., and Williams, G. J. 2016. Guiding coral reef futures in the Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14: 490-498

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Beyond measure?
Reducing resilience to a few measurements can block deeper
understanding
Quinlan, A. E., Berbés-Blázquez, M., Haider, L. J., and Peterson, G. D. 2015. Measuring and assessing resilience: broadening understanding through multiple disciplinary perspectives. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12550

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Measuring the immeasurable
New approach can make target on protecting crucial ecosystem
services easier to assess
Reyers, B., Biggs, R., Cumming, G. S., Elmqvist, T., and Hejnowicz, A. P. 2013. Getting the measure of ecosystem services: a social-ecological approach. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11, 268-273

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Tipping towards the unknown
Researchers propose critical planetary boundaries; transgressing
them could be catastrophic. But there is hope
Rockström, J., Steffen, W., Noone, K., Persson, Å., Chapin, III, F. S., Lambin, E., Lenton, T. M., Scheffer, M., Folke, C., Schellnhuber, H., Nykvist, B., De Wit, C. A., Hughes, T., van der Leeuw, S., Rodhe, H., Sörlin, S., Snyder, P. K., Costanza, R., Svedin, U., Falkenmark, M., Karlberg, L., Corell, R. W., Fabry, V. J., Hansen, J., Walker, B. H., Liverman, D., Richardson, K., Crutzen, C., and Foley. J. 2009. A safe operating space for humanity. Nature, 461: 472-475

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Planetary boundaries – an update
Four of nine planetary boundaries have been crossed
Steffen, W., Richardson, K., Rockström, J., Cornell, S., Fetzer, I., Bennett, E., Biggs, R., Carpenter, S. R., de Vries, W., de Wit, C. A., Folke, C., Gerten, D., Heinke, J., Mace, G. M., Persson, L. M., Ramanathan, V., Reyers, B., and Sörlin, S. 2015. Planetary boundaries: guiding human development on a changing planet. Science, 347:736

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Out of the dry
Better green water use can reduce future food crisis
Rockström, J., Falkenmark, M., Karlberg, L., Hoff, H., Rost, S., and Gerten, D. 2009. Future water availability for global food production: the potential of green water for increasing resilience to global change. Water Resources Research, 45

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Untangling ecological collapse
First Regime Shift Database helps researchers assess main global-level drivers of unwanted ecological transitions
Rocha, J. C., Peterson, G. D., and Biggs, R. 2015. Regime shifts in the Anthropocene: drivers, risks, and resilience. PLoS ONE, 10(8)

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Confidence is king, knowledge is queen
Why cooperation alone is not enough to secure sustainable use
of a resource
Schill, C., Wijermans, N., Schlüter, M., and Lindahl, T. 2016. Cooperation is not enough: exploring social-ecological micro-foundations for sustainable common-pool resource use. PLoS ONE, 11(8): e0157796

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Revealing parallels and synergies
New approach helps connect actors with diverse knowledge
about social-ecological governance
Tengö, M., Brondizio, E. S., Elmqvist, T., Malmer, P., and Spierenburg, M. 2014. Connecting diverse knowledge systems for enhanced ecosystem governance: the multiple evidence base approach. Ambio, 43: 579-591

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Five factors for successful management of natural capital
Study teases out strategies for successful governance, for both people and ecosystems
Schultz, L., Folke, C., Österblom, H., and Olsson, P. 2015. Adaptive governance, ecosystem management, and natural capital. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 112, 7369-7374

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Farming aquatic animals for global food system resilience
Does aquaculture add resilience to the world’s food portfolio?
Troell, M., Naylor, R., Metian, M., Beveridge, M., Tyedmers, P., Folke, C., Österblom, H., de Zeeuw, A., Scheffer, M., Nyborg, K., Barrett, S., Crépin, A-S., Ehrlich, P., Levin, S., Xepapadeas, T., Polasky, S., Arrow, K., Gren, Å., Kautsky, N., Mäler, K-G., Taylor, S., and Walker, B. 2014. Does aquaculture add resilience to the global food system? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 111: 13257–13263

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Tipping towards sustainability
Science calls for ecologically literate innovation

Westley, F., Olsson, P., Folke, C., Homer-Dixon, T., Vredenburg, H., Loorbach, D., Thompson, J., Nilsson, M., Lambin, E., Sendzimir, J., Banarjee, B., Galaz, V., and van der Leeuw, S. 2011. Tipping towards sustainability: emerging pathways of transformation. Ambio, 40:762-780

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Getting it right on collaboration
Collaborative governance not always fit for solving environmental problems
Bodin, Ö. 2017. Collaborative environmental governance: achieving collective action in social-ecological systems. Science. doi: org/10.1126/science.aan1114

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Curbing emissions with a new “carbon law”
New carbon roadmap offers pathway to halve emissions every decade
Rockström, J., Gaffney, O., Rogelj, J. et al. 2017. A roadmap for rapid decarbonization. Science, 355, 6331

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Eight ways to rewire the world’s food system
The starting point for a rethink on how we produce our food
Gordon, L., Bignet, V., Crona, B. et al. 2017. Rewiring food systems to enhance human health and biosphere stewardship. Environmental Research Letters, 12, 100201

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Understanding collapse
Fear of collapse lurks behind many discussions about the future, but much research on it is scattered and incoherent
Cumming, G.S., and Peterson, G.D.2017. Unifying research on social-ecological resilience and collapse. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 32(9) 695-713. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2017.06.014

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Breaking the cycle of poverty
Development aid must incorporate culture and nature better in efforts to push communities out of poverty
Lade, S., Haider, J. et al. 2017. Resilience offers escape from trapped thinking on poverty alleviation. Science Advances, 3, e1603043

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Connecting over a sustainable future
Better understanding of human-nature connections can provide a powerful window into how to drive sustainable behaviour
Ives, C. D., Giusti, M., Fischer, J., Abson, D. J., Klaniecki, K., Dorninger, C., Laudan, J., Barthel, S., Abernethy, P., Martín-López, B., and Raymond, C. M. 2017. Human–nature connection: a multidisciplinary review. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 26: 106-113

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