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Who are we and how do we hang out?

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 21:15:39 +0000

Yesterday at the PECS2015 conference we joined a great session with “young” scholars to reflect on who we are as a community of researchers and how we do what we do. SAPECS scholars Vanessa, Jessica and Odi convened it and we focused on three key questions: 1) What is our identity as SES researchers? 2) […]

How do we do this?!?

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:08:32 +0000

Yesterday we had great discussions with a group of about 30 early career scholars at a learning event by SAPECS on participatory action research in social-ecological systems, facilitated by Christo Fabricius. Basically it was about how we engage in a meaningful way in our research with other people in society. I quickly realized that participants […]

Prepping for PECS

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:10:49 +0000

We landed in beautiful Cape Town, ‘The Mother City’, and the air is filled with excitement of all the social-ecological system discussions to come. Our preparations for PECS have so far included exploring Old Biscuit Mill market, visiting the resident penguins of Boulders Beach, taking in the views from Cape Point, and experiencing the best […]

PhDs at PECS 2015

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:05:00 +0000

Hi Everyone, It is My Sellberg and Megan Meacham here to introduce ourselves to you and kick off a series of blog posts dedicated to PECS 2015! PECS 2015 is a scientific conference focused on the social ecological dynamics of the anthropocene, hosted by the Programme on ecosystem change and society (PECS) in Stellenbosch, South […]

Reflections to “Time to Rei(g)n Back the Anthropocene?”

Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:16:19 +0000

This is a short reflection to Andy Stirling’s recent post “Time to Rei(g)n Back the Anthropocene?”  about the Anthropocene, “planetary boundaries” and politics. Feel free to join the discussions in the comment field here, or at the STEPS-blog.  First of all, I would like to thank Andy Stirling for getting this discussion started with a very […]

Harder, Faster, Stronger – How Financial Markets are Shaping the Biosphere

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:57:56 +0000

Should ecologists and sustainability scientists care about financial markets? The answer is a loud and resounding “yes”, and I’m delighted to finally be able to share our latest article published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution yesterday, co-authored with colleagues Johan Gars, Fredrik Moberg, Björn Nykvist and Cecilia Repinski. The article not only shows how financial […]

Remapping Chimborazo’s vegetation 200 years after Humboldt

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 15:36:36 +0000

Alexander von Humboldt was one of the founders of biogeography and ecology.  He had an a crazy upbringing and strange life, but his integrative view of nature and focus on precise measurements had a strong impact on Science. In 1802, Alexander von Humboldt mapped the distribution of plants and vegetation on the Chimborazo volcano in […]

Fauna of the Anthropocene

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 21:27:35 +0000

Seeds of a Good Anthropocene

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:23:23 +0000

My colleagues and I are running an international scientific synthesis experiment that aims to collect example of projects, productions, or initiatives that people believe are examples of “seeds of a good anthropocene.” For more information on our project see our website:  There are many projects that have documented human inequality and damage that people are […]

‘Pluralisms-a-plenty’: engaging with the social world in social-ecological systems research

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:09:54 +0000

A reflection on challenges and opportunities of dealing with multiple kinds of pluralisms in doing SES research (e.g. ontologies, epistemologies, theories, methodologies), particularly from an early career scholar perspective. Guest post by: James Patterson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo Jessica Cockburn, PhD Candidate, Rhodes University Vanessa Masterson, PhD Candidate, Stockholm Resilience Centre Simon West, PhD […]

Critically reflecting on social-ecological systems research

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:37:20 +0000

Guest post from Simon West, Diego Galafassi, Jamila Haider, Andres Marin, Andrew Merrie, Daniel Ospina-Medina, Caroline Schill Critical reflection is a core competence for sustainability researchers and a crucial mechanism through which research evolves and breaks new ground. For instance, Lance Gunderson and C.S. Holling stress in the canonical social-ecological systems (SES) book Panarchy that SES […]

Business & Resilience: Convergence or critical mismatch?

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:42:11 +0000

Guest post from Margot Hill Clarvis and Michael Schoon In the aftermath of major global weather events such as Superstorm Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan, companies have increasingly focused on resilient infrastructure, business continuity, and secure supply chains. But are business continuity and rapid recovery the hallmarks of resilience, or has there been a disconnect between the scientific […]