The Erling-Persson Family Academy Programme
GEDB is a research programme of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - an independent organisation whose overall objective is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society. The GEDB programme is funded by The Erling-Persson Family Foundation.
GEDB has a wide network of collaborators, national and international. Two key national partners are the Stockholm Resilience Center and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics.
The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics is an international research institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Humanity is embedded in the Biosphere and shapes it from local to global scales, from the past to the future. At the same time humanity is fundamentally dependent on the capacity of the biosphere to sustain development. With this overall perspective, the major objectives of the Beijer Institute are to carry out research and stimulate cooperation to promote a deeper understanding of the interplay between ecological systems and social and economic development.
Stockholm Resilience Centre advances research on the governance of social-ecological systems with a special emphasis on resilience - the ability to deal with change and continue to develop. 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.
Furthermore, steps were recently taken to create a new overarching platform for research on global dynamics conducted at SRC, the Beijer Institute and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The result is Changing Planet an umbrella initiative to jointly coordinate global research at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It is a response to the need for improved understanding of global and cross-scale processes and interactions between our Earth’s social and ecological components. This knowledge can improve our ability to realize sustainable stewardship of the biosphere.
GEDB also collaborates with the Nereus program on issues of marine fisheries and trade dynamics. The Nereus Program is a global interdisciplinary initiative between the Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia that was created to further knowledge of how best to attain sustainability for the world’s oceans. The Program also collaborates with, among others, the University of Cambridge, Duke University, Princeton University, Stockholm University, United Nations Environmental Program-World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Utrecht University. The Program is built around three core objectives: to conduct collaborative ocean research across the natural and social sciences, to develop a network of experts that can engage in discussion of complex and multifaceted questions of ocean sustainability, and to transfer these ideas to practical solutions in global policy forums.