Photo: M. Troell/Azote

Photo: M. Troell

Marine system dynamics

This theme aims to provide a broader and deeper understanding of the resilience and dynamics of marine social-ecological systems

Research within the theme explores and analyses the dynamics of the marine social-ecological systems, and how they are connected to markets and processes that act across different spatial and temporal scales. We aim to synthesize information across case studies that span the tropics (around Australia, Hawaii, the East coast of Africa, South East Asia, and Latin America), the Arctic, as well as temperate systems including the Seas of Norden (e.g. Baltic Sea, Norwegian Sea).

Important research areas within the marine theme include:
- Social-ecological cross-scale interactions
- Global seafood production systems and their links to food security, human wellbeing, and sustainable seafood.
- Transformations of seafood supply chains and consumption patterns.
- Exploring adaptive management approaches.
- Testing regime shifts and CAS theory across marine case studies using modelling and advanced statistics.
- Exploring alternative sustainable development transformations.

Research topics include, for example, coral reef dynamics, fisheries governance, sustainability of aquaculture, marine food-web dynamics, social-ecological health assessments, management implications of global trade dynamics and geopolitics, and sustainable seafood supply chains and fisheries improvements.

The theme uses and tests theories and transdisciplinary methods, including agent based modelling, complex adaptive system modelling, social network analysis, spatial analyses, and qualitative comparison analysis. Researchers of the theme collaborate closely with several other themes and streams at the Stockholm Resilience Centre as well as colleagues at the Stockholm University and other leading international research institutes around the world, including Princeton and Stanford Universities.

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Baltic Health Index

The Baltic Health Index is a regional study under the global Ocean Health Index framework. The aim is to provide a tool for decision-makers to guide management of the Baltic Sea region towards increased sustainability. Read more here

Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES)

SPACES aims to understand the complex relationship between ecosystem services and the wellbeing of the poor in coastal Kenya and Mozambique. Read more here

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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