Reflections from the conference


Co-production of knowledge, as it was

Co-production of knowledge, as it was

Reflections from the Wednesday parallel session on ” Inter- and transdisciplinarity in SES research” Day three into the conference began to feel like a routine. It gave a sense of belonging to a community as faces became more familiar and conversations...Read more
Entering the deep dark forest of complex adaptive systems

Entering the deep dark forest of complex adaptive systems

Reflections from the Wednesday Stewardship theme plenary III: “Governing complex systems for biosphere stewardship” Apparently, I’ve walked into the third talk in a series on governing complex adaptive systems. Oops, I have been shopping away in all the...Read more
Why is it that we get to the moon, but not to the airport?

Why is it that we get to the moon, but not to the airport?

Reflections from the Tuesday parallel session on “AIMES 2.0: Reconsidering integrated socio-environmental modeling” Into this session, I come with no knowledge and less than zero expectations. It immediately becomes clear that this one is a big deal, I see...Read more
Power relationships framed, explained, and forecasted

Power relationships framed, explained, and forecasted

Reflections from Tuesday the afternoon session “Power, Frames and Fortunes: Polycentricity Uncovered” This session focused on the role of power in polycentric governance. It was a popular session, with many people queuing to get in! Luckily there was tweeting from...Read more
What does transformation really mean?

What does transformation really mean?

Reflections from the Tuesday morning session “Advancing the theory on transformations to sustainability” This session focused on theoretical questions of transformations to sustainability. Arguably, there is a key need to think through theories for explaining and...Read more
“What does a hyper-connected world mean for resilience?”

“What does a hyper-connected world mean for resilience?”

Reflections from the Wednesday afternoon theme plenary session “Connectivity theme plenary III: Teleconnected vulnerabilities and global systemic risks” This final theme plenary session explored the fascinating and path-breaking topic of teleconnections and global...Read more
Leadership, resilience, and your workplace

Leadership, resilience, and your workplace

Reflections from the Wednesday morning session “Complexity Leadership Theory, Panarchy & Resilience: an embodiment workshop” Just when you thought you were catching up on the themes of Resilience 2017, Alan Bush (University of South Florida) slams...Read more
Connecting art, science, and the fuzziness of ecology

Connecting art, science, and the fuzziness of ecology

Reflections from the Tuesday open plenary session “Resilience science, creativity and art in turbulent times.” I’ll just throw this disclaimer out at the very beginning: there’s no way I can adequately do this plenary session justice given how visually...Read more
What makes us want to become biosphere stewards?

What makes us want to become biosphere stewards?

Reflections from the Tuesday theme plenary session “C3: Approaches for fostering biosphere stewardship” Biosphere stewardship is about humans recognizing that they are part of and indeed dependent on the biosphere to maintain their own well-being. When...Read more
Heading to the frontier of ecosystem service research

Heading to the frontier of ecosystem service research

Reflections from the session “Frontiers of Ecosystem services research/Modelling Ecosystem Services: Approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics” On Monday afternoon, I enter a packed room to listen to four short 3-minute ”speed”...Read more
Preparing for the mature Anthropocene

Preparing for the mature Anthropocene

Reflections from the Monday Open Plenary with professors Carl Folke and Katrina Brown 978 eyes gaze at a stage that is a cozy Swedish living room. Unnoticeably to the audience, the sofa, table and armoire tell a first story of resilience. They are made from robust...Read more
Big data, big problems?

Big data, big problems?

Reflections from the Monday contributed session “Using big data to understand marine social-ecological systems: challenges, opportunities, and frontiers” The word cloud below was generated by the audience as a response to, “what comes to mind when you hear...Read more
Regime shifts, traps and how to deal with them

Regime shifts, traps and how to deal with them

Reflections from the Monday parallel session “Traps and Regime shifts: Approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics” Rapid and unwanted changes in human and natural systems can be unexpected (surprise!) and have terrible consequences for...Read more
Panarchy in the Anthropocene

Panarchy in the Anthropocene

Reflections from the Monday plenary session “(C4): Cross-scale dynamics and resilience” “One of the best parts of being a professor is being able to make shit up,” professor Lance Gunderson from Emory University, US, declared during his presentation to a...Read more
Novel concepts, fields and methods: the role of mapping

Novel concepts, fields and methods: the role of mapping

Reflections from the Monday session “Novel concepts, fields and methods: Approaches and methods for understanding social – ecological system dynamics” While the amount of knowledge and data on the interactions of biophysical and social factors is...Read more
PhD & Early Career Day

PhD & Early Career Day

Former Stockholm Resilience Centre Master’s student Elke Markey reflects on the conference PhD & Early Career Day, taking place at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sunday 20 September 8h40: Running to the subway. I’m a conference newbie, and my assumption is...Read more