Beatrice Crona

Associate Professor, Executive Director

Beatrice has a background in (marine) systems ecology and has, since her PhD, worked to integrate different social science theories and methods with ecology to improve understanding of complex social-ecological dynamics and sustainability challenges. She has led GEDB since its inception in 2013, and developed research focused on understanding the role of seafood trade for marine resource governance outcomes from different angles, as well as finding new approaches to sustainable finance.

The former involves examining how aspects of the seafood trade contribute to the ‘masking´ of signals of unsustainable use and the effects of this on governance at multiple levels. It also includes understanding how increasing market integration (and market mechanisms such as certification or FIPs) plays out at local levels of small-scale fisheries, creating traps or helping to alleviate poverty, and understanding the key role played by economic agents at multiple levels in the value chain in determining the trajectories of local social-ecological systems.

The latter entails analysis of links between financial institutions and key Earth System processes of importance for ensuring a socially prosperous and environmentally sustainable future. Her sustainable finance portfolio includes a number of externally funded projects. Read more here.

Beatrice is also an Associate Professor at Stockholm Resilience Centre.