Global Social-Ecological Connectivity and the Biosphere
Seminar with the 2014 Volvo Environment Prize winner Professor Eric Lambin, 27 November 2014
Globalization is not only increasing the flows of people, ideas, capital and technology at the global scale, but also creating novel and large-scale social-ecological connections. These connections are sometimes denoted "telecoupling"or "nested vulnerabilities", and are gaining increased attention from sustainability scholars.
Increased global connectivity can create new systemic risks at the global level, as experienced during the 2008-2009 global food crisis, and the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. However, increased connectivity could also act as an engine for diversity, robustness and innovation as social actors tap into its benefits. Despite an increased interest in these issues, our understanding of how social-ecological connections emerge, evolve and impact on the biosphere are limited.
This seminar explores these issues from multiple perspectives together with the 2014 Volvo Environment Prize winner Professor Eric Lambin.
About Eric Lambin
Eric Lambin has for decades developed methods of analysing satellite images by linking them to socioeconomic data. By doing that, he and his research colleagues can track land use changes and the impact of trade and demand for biofuels or food crops. His research has focused on trying to bridge two disparate communities – remote sensing scientists and human ecologists.
Using this technique, sometimes called the people-to-pixel approach he has developed knowledge on the transfer of infectious diseases, deforestation, human behaviour, conflict resolution and agricultural practice.
Eric Lambin is professor at the Earth & Life Institute and School of Geography, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and at Environmental Earth System Science, School of Earth Sciences and Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, California.
09.00 - 10.00
Welcome - Associate Professor Victor Galaz, Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere and Stockholm Resilience Centre
Introduction - Professor Will Steffen, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Land-use change in the globalization era - Professor Eric Lambin, Université Catholique de Louvain and Stanford University
10.00 - 10.30
10.30 - 12.00
Learning from historical and present fisheries dynamics Associate Professor Henrik Österblom, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Exploring 'Everyday Resilience' in the Anthropocene - Professor Emily Boyd, University of Reading
Connectivity, Innovation and Transitions - Associate Professor Niki Frantzeskaki, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Panel Discussion - moderated by Victor Galaz
The symposium is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required.