Keynote speakers

KATRINA BROWN

Katrina Brown is Professor of Social Science at the University of Exeter, UK, working at the interface between international development, environmental change and resilience. Her research focuses on how individuals and societies understand and respond to change, and their different capacities for adaptation and transformation.

Committed to interdisciplinary research on sustainability, she has led several international research teams to examine environmental change and poverty alleviation in developing countries. Her 2016 book, ‘Resilience, Development and Global Change’ develops a human-centred perspective on resilience for development, highlighting resistance, rootedness and resourcefulness.

HARINI NAGENDRA

Harini Nagendra is a Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, India. Her research focuses on the impact of urbanization on ecological sustainability, the role of institutions on forest change, and the use of remote sensing for conservation. She is a Scientific Steering Committee member of the Global Land Project and Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society.

In 2013, Harini received the Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award for her research and practice on the urban commons. She also writes extensively for the public through newspapers, blogs and other fora. Her 2016 book ‘Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future’ examines the impact of urbanization on human-nature relationships, and the implications for urban resilience in the global South.

MARTEN SCHEFFER

Marten Scheffer, Professor, leads the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group at Wageningen University and the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies’ SARAS.

He is interested in unraveling the mechanisms that determine the stability and resilience of complex systems. Examples include the feedback between atmospheric carbon and the earth temperature, the collapse of ancient societies, inertia and shifts in public opinion, evolutionary emergence of patterns of species similarity, the effect of climatic extremes on forest dynamics and the balance of facilitation and competition in plant communities. He now works on finding generic early warning signals for critical transitions.

SUNDAA BRIDGETT-JONES

Sundaa Bridgett-Jones is Senior Associate Director, International Development, at The Rockefeller Foundation, where she leads initiatives that contribute to global discourse on international development trends. She steers the Foundation’s investments in building the field of resilience, notably in the area of measuring resilience.

Previous work includes advancing human rights and Internet freedom as Acting Director for Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy with the U.S. Department of State. Sundaa also served as Director of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative at Princeton University, and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs for Asia and the Middle East at the United Nations.

CARL FOLKE

Carl Folke is a Professor and Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He has extensive experience in transdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social scientists, and is one of the world’s most cited researchers across all disciplines.

Carl has worked with ecosystem dynamics and services as well as the social and economic dimension of ecosystem management and proactive measures to manage resilience. He is an elected member of both the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

BRIGITTE BAPTISTE

Brigitte Baptiste is the General Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute, Colombia. With an educational backbone in biology and Latin American Studies, she has extensive experience from numerous national ecology projects spanning from conservation and environmental planning and analysis of territorial transformation processes, to biocomplexity, bio-speleology (cave biology) and biopolitics. She is also interested in gender and culture themes.

Brigitte is a member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (MEP/ IPBES), representing Latin America.

JOHAN ROCKSTRÖM

Johan Rockström is a Professor in Environmental Science at Stockholm University, and the Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, where he, e.g., led the recent development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change.

He has more than 100 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability. He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

FRANCES WESTLEY

Frances Westley is the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research focuses on the dynamics of social innovation, and institutional entrepreneurship in complex adaptive systems. She is also one of the principle leads behind Social Innovation Generation, a Canadian wide initiative in social innovation.

Frances serves on numerous advisory and editorial boards and was previously director at Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has held the position of James McGill Professor of Strategy at McGill University’s Faculty of Management.

TONE BJORDAM

Tone Bjordam is a visual artist inspired by nature, perception and science. She creates sculpture installations, abstract paintings and intricate, detailed drawings. She is also a nature photographer and produces videos where she records movements and progression of liquid colour to create imaginary landscapes and paintings in motion.

Tone has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Oslo National Academy of the Arts and her work has been on display in numerous countries around the world. Her connection with resilience science started after a video exhibit at the Carnegie Art Award 2010 exhibition which caught the attention of conference keynote speaker Marten Scheffer. Since then she has been involved in a diverse set of science related art projects.

Multi-level governance and biosphere stewardship

Rosemary (Ro) Hill
Rosemary (Ro) Hill

Dr Rosemary (Ro) Hill is a principal research scientist with Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and an adjunct associate professor with James Cook University. Her research is dedicated to social-ecological sustainability through collaborative environmental governance. This includes biodiversity, climate change adaptation and how indigenous knowledge can inform resilience. Ro is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Environment Economic and Social Policy, the World Commission on Protected Areas, and the Expert Taskforce for Indigenous and Local Knowledge of IPBES.

Terry Chapin
Terry Chapin

Terry Chapin is a professor emeritus of ecology at the Institute of Arctic Biology in University of Alaska Fairbanks, US. His research explores ways that Alaskan rural communities and agencies can develop options that increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term despite rapid climatic and social changes. His research in earth stewardship explores how society can proactively shape changes toward a more sustainable future through actions that enhance ecosystem resilience and human wellbeing.

Unai Pascual
Unai Pascual

Unai Pascual is an Ikerbasque research professor in sustainability science at the Basque Centre for Climate Change in Spain. His research focuses on the application of ecological economics to environmental policy on biodiversity conservation and climate change. He is currently an elected member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the Intergovernmental Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and serves on editorial boards and scientific committees, including the ecoSERVICES programme of Future Earth.

Stephen Polasky
Stephen Polasky

Stephen Polasky is professor of applied economics, and ecology, evolution and behaviour at the University of Minnesota, US. His research examines the contributions of nature to human well-being and analyses the impacts of land use and land management on provision and value of ecosystem services and natural capital. Stephen is also a member of Board of Directors and Science Council, The Nature Conservancy and Co-founder of the Natural Capital Project.

Emily Boyd
Emily Boyd

Emily Boyd is a professor and director of Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies in Sweden. Her research focuses on governance of climate change adaptation, responses to climate risks and anticipatory governance and how structural inequality interacts with society’s work on climate issues. Previously Emily was professor in resilience geography at University of Reading and associated with Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Emily McKenzie
Emily McKenzie

Emily McKenzie is chief adviser on economics and sustainability in WWF’s Global Science Team based in London, UK. Her research interests include the science-policy interface, natural capital approaches, nexus issues, governance, scenarios and ecological economics. She helps lead the Natural Capital Project and advises the Natural Capital Coalition. She has worked in over 20 countries to improve policy and decision-making at multiple scales, including the position as an environmental economist in the UK, Pacific and Caribbean.

Connectivity and cross-scale dynamics in the Anthropocene

Lance Gunderson
Lance Gunderson

Lance Gunderson is professor and chair of environmental sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, US. He is a systems ecologist with four decades of experience trying to understand and manage social ecological systems, including the Everglades in Florida. He was executive director of the Resilience Network and founding member of the Resilience Alliance, the publisher of Ecology and Society. He is currently completing a volume integrating theories of law, resilience and panarchy in large-scale water systems.

Elena Bennett
Elena Bennett

Elena Bennett is associate professor at McGill School of Environment & Department of Natural Resource Sciences in Canada. Her research interests revolve around understanding and managing ecosystem services across scales. She has analyzed the interaction of ecosystem services across management practices within the landscape, trade-offs between agricultural production and water quality, change of Phosphorus cycles caused by farming, trade and other activities, and how this, in turn impacts water quality. She is also interested in urban ecology, communicating science.

Beatrice Crona
Beatrice Crona

Beatrice Crona is the executive director of Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. Her work has focused on various ways of understanding and examining cross-scale dynamics and tele-connected vulnerabilities; from assessments of international seafood trade impacts on social and ecological outcomes at community scales worldwide, to examination of the interlinkages between the financial sector and tipping elements of the Earth system.

Daniel Moran
Daniel Moran

Daniel Moran is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is an environmental economist specializing in analysis of the social and environmental dimensions of global supply chains. Daniel helped develop the original Ecological Footprint accounts, and more recently, the Eora global trade database. Eora documents >5 billion global supply chains in both physical and economic terms and is used at over 700 universities and research institutes worldwide.

Malin Mobjörk
Malin Mobjörk

Dr Malin Mobjörk is a senior researcher at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and manager of SIPRI’s research on climate change and risk. Malin’s work bridges research and policy. Her expertise includes climate-related violent conflicts, climate-induced migration and policy organizations’ responses to climate risks. Another area of expertise is inter- and transdisciplinary research. Malin’s recent publications involve the report ‘Climate-related Security Risks: Towards an Integrated Approach’.

Jessica Gephart
Jessica Gephart

Jessica Gephart is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Maryland, US. Her research focuses on how environmental change and variability disrupt food systems. Using cases of environmental and policy shocks, she examines the response and recovery of seafood production and trade. Jessica’s work examines the local to geographically-distant impacts of shocks, with the ultimate goal of identifying opportunities to improve resilience within the increasingly globalized food system.

Approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics

Beth Fulton
Beth Fulton

Dr Beth Fulton is a principal research scientist with Australian agency CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere where she leads the Marine Ecosystem Modelling and Risk Assessment Group. She is also an adjunct professor at the Centre of Marine Socioecology, Tasmania, Australia. Beth’s research focuses on developing modelling approaches for understanding social-ecological system dynamics in support of sustainability. This involves working across scales to understand what and how to minimise negative consequences of the Anthropocene reaching the oceans.

Suzy Moat
Suzy Moat

Suzy Moat is associate professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School in the UK, where she co-directs the Data Science Lab. She is also a Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute in the UK. Suzy’s research investigates whether online data can help us measure and predict human behaviour and our experience of the environment we live in. Her work has been featured by media worldwide in outlets such as CNN, BBC and The Guardian.

Cristina Zurbriggen
Cristina Zurbriggen

Cristina Zurbriggen is a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Republic, Uruguay. Her research has addressed governance, policy networks and sustainable agriculture. Her current interests focus on innovation Labs, co-creation methodology and other system methods to investigate the future of complex public issues. She is a member of the Co-Creative Capacity Pursuit funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Maryland, US, and collaborates in the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS²).

Simon Levin
Simon Levin

Simon Levin is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He studies biological processes across scales, including coupled ecological and socioeconomic systems. He is former President of the Ecological Society of America, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and the recipient of many awards, most recently the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the US National Medal of Science.

Marten Scheffer
Marten Scheffer

Marten Scheffer is a professor at Wageningen University in Netherlands. He is interested in unravelling the mechanisms that determine the stability and resilience of complex systems. Examples include the feedback between atmospheric carbon and the earth temperature, the collapse of ancient societies, inertia and shifts in public opinion, evolutionary emergence of patterns of species similarity, the effect of climatic extremes on forest dynamics and the balance of facilitation and competition in plant communities. He now works on finding generic early warning signals for critical transitions.

François Bousquet
François Bousquet

François Bousquet is a researcher with Cirad in France, working on the dialogue between different perspectives on nature-society relationships. He uses and develops agent-based modelling methodology and tools. He co-initiated the development of a participatory modelling approach for adaptive co-management (companion modelling) and was the co-leader of the SETER project on the dialogue between different schools of thought on social-ecological systems. François was the head of Resilience 2014 organising committee.

Jamila Haider
Jamila Haider

Jamila Haider is a PhD candidate at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and plans to defend her thesis “Development and Resilience: Re-thinking interventions in biocultural systems” in September 2017. She has a Master’s in Geography from the University of Cambridge and degree in Biology and Political Science from Carleton University. Jamila has previously worked as an international development professional in Tajikistan and Afghanistan (2009-2011). Her research interests include transdisciplinary processes, biocultural diversity, development and transformation in social-ecological systems.

Claudia Pahl-Wostl
Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Claudia Pahl-Wostl is professor for resources management at the Institute for Environmental Systems Research (USF) in Osnabrück, Germany. She is an internationally leading scholar on governance and adaptive and integrated resources management of water resources and the role of social and societal learning in sustainability transformations. Her research programme builds on foundations in systems science, which explicitly acknowledge the complex and often unpredictable dynamics of the systems to be managed.

Maria Tengö
Maria Tengö

Maria Tengö is a research leader of the Biosphere Stewardship stream at Stockholm Resilience Centre. Maria’s interests revolve around manifestations of human-nature interactions such as local knowledge, sense of place, emerging stewardship networks, and their implications for building social-ecological resilience and transformative capacity. Maria collaborates with the science-policy interface SwedBio in dialogues for co-producing knowledge from scientific, local, and indigenous knowledge systems across scales, e.g. in the context of IPBES and the CBD.

Social-ecological transformations for sustainability

Frances Westley
Frances Westley

Frances Westley is the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research focuses on the dynamics of social innovation, and institutional entrepreneurship in complex adaptive systems. She is also one of the principle leads behind Social Innovation Generation, a Canadian wide initiative in social innovation. Frances was director at Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and held the position of James McGill Professor of Strategy at McGill University’s Faculty of Management.

Karen O’Brien
Karen O’Brien

Karen O’Brien is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at University of Oslo, Norway. Karen’s current research focuses on the relationships between climate change adaptation and transformations to sustainability. She is interested in the conditions, approaches and paradigms that support individual and collective agency, particularly the role of creativity, collaboration, empowerment, and narratives. She is co-founder of cCHANGE.no, an initiative that supports transformation in a changing climate.

Melanie Goodchild
Melanie Goodchild

Melanie Goodchild is Anishinaabe, from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Ketegaunseebee First Nations in northern Ontario, Canada. She is a PhD candidate in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Melanie is Senior Indigenous Research Fellow at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and was a 2015/16 Fellow with the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation, a leadership program sponsored by Harvard Business School and INSEAD: The Business School for World.

Gertrude Fester
Gertrude Fester

South African Gertrude Fester has been involved in anti-apartheid politics, focusing on women’s liberation. Passionate about social justice, she was a leader in several women’s organizations and subsequently imprisoned in solitary confinement during apartheid. She has a PhD from London School of Economics and has taught Transitional Justice in Rwanda. Gertrude is currently a sociology professor at Sol Plaatje University in South Africa. She also publishes fiction and non-fiction and teaches creative writing in prisons.