Stockholm Resilience Centre

Founding Year: 2007

Staff: 150

Budget: ~€5m/yr.

Line Gordon (Director)

It’s addressing the complex challenges facing humanity, envisioning “a world where social-ecological systems are understood, governed and managed, to enhance human well-being and the capacity to deal with complexity and change. It focuses on the advance of research for governance and management of social-ecological systems to secure ecosystem services for human well-being and resilience for long-term sustainability. The center applies and further develops the scientific achievements of this research within practice, policy and academic training. The research is conducted within the framework of “planetary boundaries”—a key concept promoted by SRC. The center is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy Sciences. It is mainly funded by Mistra, Sweden’s strategic environmental communication, science communication and education.

Current Research Themes:

  • Stewardship & Transformation: Explores the “knowledge systems, values, meanings, practices, behaviours, and governance arrangements that can contribute to fair and just sustainable futures”
  • Interacting Complexities: Aims to “advance understanding of how to address complex sustainability challenges by drawing on different complexity perspectives.”
  • Food for Resilience: Studies the ” prerequisites for and pathways to sustainable and resilient global food systems.”
  • Anthropocene Dynamics: Explores the “explores the implications of living in a time where humans are the main force for change on the planet.”
  • Resilience and Sustainable Development: Addresses the “challenges and the diversity of trajectories associated with sustainable development for all in the context of the Anthropocene.”
  • The Human Ocean: Aims to “shape new and emerging research frontiers to produce the best possible science for a more sustainable and equitable future for the ocean.”

Education Programs:

  • Interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Masters in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development
  • PhD program in sustainability science in addition to courses, seminar series, and workshops for postgraduates
  • Executive program in resilience thinking designed to help companies identify new business opportunities, define priorities, and accelerate action


  • Planetary boundaries – A framework which “presents a set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come.”





S.No. Title Organization Publication Date Page Number Report Link Download

Transformation is Feasible: How to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals Within Planetary Boundaries

Stockholm Resilience Centre to The Club of Rome Link Download

Stockholm Resilience Centre contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.
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  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • SDG 6 -Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • SDG 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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