Considering people and nature as deeply intertwined and co-evolving is foundational to our work at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC). To capture the complexities of these dynamic and intertwined social-ecological systems, this theme engages with a diverse set of perspectives on complexity from different disciplines and research fields, as well as from different knowledge systems.
Our work is characterised by inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, as well as an explicit engagement with assumptions and philosophical underpinnings of social-ecological systems research. Complexity-based approaches will help us in embracing and better understanding how to live with change and uncertainty, how development pathways could look like, and where we might find levers for transformation towards sustainable and just futures.
One particular strength of this theme is in developing theories and insights of social-ecological systems as complex adaptive systems and resilience thinking. Complex adaptive systems can be understood as a set of elements that interact and continuously adapt to the patterns they generate. This area of research dates back to the very beginnings of the centre in 2007 and remains a cornerstone of the work we are doing at the SRC and this theme.
The purpose of this focus area is to provide a collaborative and inspiring space to advance understanding of how to address complex sustainability challenges by drawing on different complexity perspectives.
Together, this theme will:
Questions that inspire our research include:
We tackle these questions with different inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and a diversity of cases from local to global scales around the world.
If you are interested in collaborating or funding our efforts, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!
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