Johan Rockström

Resilience Researcher

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Johan Rockström (born 31 December 1965) is professor at and former executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. He is a strategist on how resilience can be built into land regions which are short of water, and has published over 100 papers in fields ranging from practical land and water use to global sustainability. Johan Rockström was Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute from 2004-2012.
Rockström is internationally recognized on global sustainability issues. In 2009, he led the team which developed the Planetary Boundaries framework, a proposed precondition for facilitating human development at a time when the planet is undergoing rapid change. In recognition of this work, Fokus magazine named him “Swede of the Year” for “engaging and exciting work in sustainable development. Rockström is vice-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and chair of the Earth System Visioning Task Team of International Council for Science (ICSU). In 2010, the magazine Miljöaktuellt ranked him the second most influential person in Sweden on environmental issues, and Veckans Affärer gave him its “Social Capitalist Award”. In 2011 he chaired the third Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability in Stockholm.After 12 years as director of Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), he became 2018 joint director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), based in Germany, together with PIK’s current deputy director Professor Ottmar Edenhofer. Rockström and Edenhofer replace PIK director Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. He has recently joined climate change charity Cool Earth as a trustee.


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