GEDB Annual Report for 2018


The Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme (GEDB) is happy to announce the Annual Report for 2018. This is the last annual report of the GEDB programme under the first five-year funding stream, generously provided by the Erling-Persson Family Foundation. The report accounts for 2018 achievements, and summarizes and reflects on the work and activities of GEDB since its inception in May 2013.

During its first five years of operation, GEDB has generated over 130 scientific peer-reviewed articles, many published in highly ranked journals. Several of these research fi ndings have also received significant attention among diverse actors in society and business, and in both conventional and social media.


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The programme has been flexible in its structure – providing a platform for emergent and innovative scientific inquiry, whilst maintaining strong scientific rigor – essential criteria for ensuring high-impact scientific work of relevance for society. Three thematic areas initially guided the research: (Macro)economy and the biosphere, Marine resource trade and its effects on social-ecological systems, and Interactions between financial markets and the biosphere. New insights have been uncovered under each themes and during the course of the GEBD programme, two additional, cross-cutting themes have emerged: ‘Cross-scale dynamics’ and ‘Systems transformation.’

2018 became a year of exceptional media attention for work developed by GEDB. In fact, 46% of GEDB’s scientific publications from 2018 are among the top 5% in the Altmetric database, scoring 23 or above. In general, according to Altmetric, if an article scores 23 or more, it is doing “far better than most of its contemporaries”, by being among the top 5% of articles read. This includes the work on 'Tax havens and global environmental degradation', 'Antibiotic and pesticide susceptibility and the Anthropocene operating space', 'Corporate control and global governance of marine genetic resources' and ' Trajectories of the Earth System'.

In the report are also featured a number of impactful outreach activities and events. One such activities includes significant progress within the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS)” keystone actors’ dialogues.In other words, the initiative has become formalized, with the role of science clearly articulated as playing a key role in ensuring that evidence-based science guides the activities and actions of SeaBOS.

Efforts for capacity building to develop the next generation of researcher are also highlighted, as we look forward to the next five years of exciting and innovative research!

A complete list of publications and a list of selected activities are found in the report's Appendix.