Stockholm Resilience Centre

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Stockholm Resilience Centre
FormationJanuary 1, 2007; 14 years ago (2007-01-01)
TypeResearch institute
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden
Official language
Line Gordon

The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), is a research centre on resilience and sustainability science at Stockholm University.[1] It is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy Sciences. The centre states that its mission [2] is to:

  • advance the scientific understanding of the complex, dynamic interactions of people and nature in the Biosphere
  • train the next generation of sustainability researchers and leaders
  • engage in collaborations with change agents

The SRC has a particular focus on resilience[3] and advises policymakers on ecosystem management and long-term sustainable development in Europe and elsewhere around the world.[4][5][6] The SRC is governed by a board with additional strategic advice provided by two international boards. There is a scientific advisory council of leading sustainability researchers to provide advice on scientific development of the centre.,[7] which includes researchers such as Rashid Sumaila, Frances Westley, Marten Scheffer, Jane Lubchenco, and Elena Bennett. There is also an international advisory board provides strategic advice to the centre in our efforts to have global impact within science, business, policy and practice [8]

The SRC has approximately 140 staff, of which about 90 are post-PhD researchers.[9] Line Gordon is director of the centre. The centre has many productive and influential researchers. In 2019, five if its researchers, co-founders Carl Folke and Johan Rockström together with Oonsie Biggs, Stephan Barthel and Per Olsson were recognised as highly cited researchers in their field.[10] In 2020, researchers Örjan Bodin, Thomas Elmqvist, and Garry Peterson also joined this list, meaning eight of the centre's researchers were highly cited.[11]

Along with a PhD programme in Sustainability Science it also operates a Masters programme in Sustainability Science and a number of specialised courses in topics such as an executive programme in resilience thinking, and courses in systems entrepreneurship.[12]

Specialist programmes[edit]

  • Global Resilience Partnership[13]
  • SwedBio[14]


  1. ^ "About us - Stockholm Resilience Centre". Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  2. ^ "New Mission". Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  3. ^ Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere: Funders and Partners – Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  4. ^ Stockholm Resilience Centre Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, 19 June 2012.
  5. ^ OECD (2013) Green Growth in Stockholm, Sweden page 68, OECD Publishing. ISBN 9789264195158.
  6. ^ Resilience: Stockholm centre helps the world grow sustainably Stockholm University. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  7. ^ "International science council - Stockholm Resilience Centre". Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  8. ^ "International advisory board - Stockholm Resilience Centre". Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  9. ^ "Contact us - Stockholm Resilience Centre". 2020-11-07. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  10. ^ Highly Cited Researchers 2019. Retrieved Nov 5, 2019
  11. ^ Highly Cited Researchers 2020. Retrieved Nov 24, 2020
  12. ^ "Education". Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  13. ^ "Global Resilience partnership". GRP. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  14. ^ "SwedBio". SwedBio. Retrieved 2017-04-28.