Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre (SU-SRC) is an international research centre which advances sustainability science for biosphere stewardship. The centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The centre is funded by the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra. The centre currently employs ca. 120 researchers and staff. Its goal is to advance interdisciplinary research for governance of social-ecological systems (SES) with a special emphasis on resilience - the ability to deal with change and continue to develop. Researchers at SU-SRC apply a multitude of approaches from in-depth qualitative case study analysis to quantitative modelling and often use mixed method approaches. Relevant work lies in the areas of analysing social-ecological feedbacks that determine change in social-ecological systems, particularly regime shifts and transformation. It include for instance the analysis of a successful transformation to ecosystem-based management in a wetland area in Sweden, principles for enhancing the resilience of ecosystem services and modelling SES as complex adaptive systems. The proposal will benefit from a rapidly growing group of quantitative modellers that analyse SES in aquatic, agricultural and urban environments. Researchers at SU-SRC have extensive experience in interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between the natural, social and economic fields, as well as stakeholder engagement at various levels. SU-SRC has established a SES modelling and visualisation lab which provides infrastructure and programming expertise for the development of SES models.
The main tasks of SU-SRC is developing social-ecological models to assess the resilience of catchments to disturbances and ongoing change, and co-developing conceptual models and model-supported scenario analysis for resilience assessment and development of management options with stakeholders in participatory processes in the Swedish lakes case study. Additionally SU-SRC contributes to integrating resilience thinking into the WP3, Assessment Framework, and for model scenario analysis in WP7, Forecasting Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Provision. SU-SRC also elicits stakeholder views and preferences about biodiversity and ecosystem services into modelling targets and scenarios for WP7. Finally, insights from social-ecological systems analysis and resilience assessment feed into the development of policies and ecosystem-based management in WP8, Ecosystem-based Management towards Policy Objectives.