Carl Folke | Professor, Director
Carl has extensive experience in transdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social scientists, and has worked with ecosystem dynamics and services as well as the social and economic dimension of ecosystem management and proactive measures to manage resilience.
The work of his research group in Stockholm emphasizes the role that living systems at different scales play in social and economic development and how to govern and manage for resilience in integrated social-ecological systems.
Phone + 46 8 673 95 00
Fax + 46 8 15 24 64
Address: The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Box 50005 SE-104 05 Stockholm Sweden
Professor Carl Folke is Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences one of the collaborating partners of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He took on those positions in early 2007. He served as Deputy Director of the Beijer Institute 1991-1996, Director of Stockholm University's Center for Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (CTM) 1999-2006 and is on leave from his Chair in Natural Resource Management, Dept. Systems Ecology, Stockholm University. He is among the founders of the Resilience Alliance and serves on the Executive Committee. He has been involved in the development of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) and was engaged in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
Prof. Folke has extensive experience in transdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social scientists, and has worked with ecosystem dynamics and services as well as the social and economic dimension of ecosystem management and proactive measures to manage resilience. The work of his centres in Stockholm emphasizes the role that living systems at different scales play in social and economic development and how to govern and manage for resilience in integrated social-ecological systems. In 1995 he received the Pew Scholar Award in Conservation and the Environment and in 2004 the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America. He has co-authored and edited 12 books and written over 200 scientific papers, including 15 in Science and Nature. Prof. Folke is among the 10 most cited scientists worldwide in the area of Environment/Ecology (ESI 2010). Prof. Folke shares the position as Editor in Chief of Ecology and Society with Lance Gunderson, since January 2002 and serves on the editorial board of fourteen international journals.
Prof. Folke is elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2002 and serves on its Environmental Research Committee. He is currently on the Board of the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Scientific Advisory Board of the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS) and the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS), the Scientific Committee of the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), ICSU, and Scientific Advisory Board, the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability Centre (STEPS), UK, the Steering Committee of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds University/London School of Economics, and of the Volvo Environment Prize, and serves as Associate Faculty of the Earth System Governance Project, IHDP, and on the Advisory Board to the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS-Net).
He has among other things served as Secretary of ISEE for about 5 years, as adviser to the Swedish Government on environmental issues and collaborated with several UN organizations on issues like biodiversity, ecosystem services, freshwater management, and sustainable cities. He was engaged in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Santa Barbara, California, the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), and boards and committees of research councils and various organizations in Sweden. Carl has organized several major international conferences and workshops; is in charge of the Stockholm Seminar: Frontiers in Sustainability Science and Policy; has given numerous invited speaker presentations world wide; numerous public lectures, policy seminars and interviews in media. His research has been reported in many newspapers, radio and television, both in Sweden and internationally.