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Patterns of the Anthropocene

This stream explores the anatomy and behavior of the hyperconnected global social-ecological system

We seek to answer the following questions:

How do global biophysical and socioeconomic interconnectivities emerge, interact, and shape the humans-biosphere relationship as well as social and environmental outcomes?

Human social processes, such as trade, financialization, human migration, technological development and communication are increasingly connecting people and life-support systems in ever more distant geographic locations.

The speed, magnitude and extent at which these interconnectivities play out and interact is unprecedented and defines the new reality - a teleconnected Anthropocene.

The increasing interconnectedness of the social and ecological components that make up Planet Earth add complexity to the on-going human-driven transformation of Earth’s biosphere with bearings on global biodiversity, spread of species, ecosystem functioning, water cycles, and climate.

Consequently, health, wellbeing and social and environmental security of societies in any particular location, is intimately linked to human actions and environmental change in numerous other, often distant places.

The Anthropocene brings with it many crucial research questions. However, the research field that studies these new global dynamics is still young and needs to develop rapidly to support human capacity to navigate an increasingly interconnected planet.

Specifically we identify key human (socio-cultural, political, economic) and biophysical components, and the critical links and feedbacks between them (the anatomy) that create dynamics that span space and time (the behavior).

We also study the complex dynamics that emerge in these global social-ecological systems through the novel combination of existing methods and theories, as well as development and application of novel, empirical methods.

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The Global Economic Dynamics and the biosphere programme (GEBD)

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Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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