The Stockholm Resilience Centre was established on 1 January 2007.
The vision of the Stockholm Resilience Centre is 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, for the sustainable co-evolution of human civilizations with the biosphere.
"Our societies are an integrated part of the biosphere and dependent
upon functioning ecosystems. That is why we need to manage ecosystems so that we can handle the future's challenges and maintain our capacity to evolve in a positive way," says scientific director Carl Folke.
The mission of Stockholm Resilience Centre is to advance research for governance and management of social-ecological systems to secure ecosystem services for human wellbeing and resilience for long-term sustainability. The Centre applies and further develops the scientific advancements of this research within practice, policy, and in academic training.
"By combining new forms of cooperation with a holistic perspective, we hope to generate the insights that are needed to strengthen societies' and the ecosystems' capacities to meet a world which spins faster and faster," says Folke.
The centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
The Centre is placed under the Faculty of Science at Stockholm University but governed by an independent international board. The international board is responsible for the strategic direction of the centre, the scientific and communication achievements, the organisational structure and development, and the financial performance of the centre.
The Centre is funded by the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra.
Mistra's grant will be distributed over a period of 12 years: 2.7 million Euros during a three year start-up phase (2007-2009), and then 8.7 million Euros during the coming four years (2010-2013). After that, an evaluation will be conducted before the remaining 11 million Euros are handed out. All in all, the centre's yearly budget is expected to be 4.8 million Euros once it is up and running.
Download the MISTRA invitation to the establishment of an interdisciplinary research centre (pdf, 200.5 kB)
Download the original Stockholm Resilience Centre proposal (pdf, 1.2 MB)