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Name: Carl Folke
Member Since: February 10th, 2006
Member Name: Carl.folke
Biography:

Dr. Carl Folke is Professor and Chair of the Natural Resource Management group at the Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University. He is also Director of the Centre for Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (CTM). He was the Deputy Director of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 1991-1996, and is still engaged in the activities of the Beijer Institute. He serves on the Steering Committee and the Board of Science of the Resilience Alliance and shares the position as Editor in Chief of its journal Ecology and Society and he has been involved in the development of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). Dr. Folke has extensive experience in interdisciplinary collaboration and has worked with the social and economic dimension of ecosystem management.

The work of his research group emphasizes the role that living systems at different scales play in social and economic development and how to manage for resilience in coupled social-ecological systems. He has written and edited 9 books and written over 150 scientific articles (>10 in Science and Nature). Together with co-authors (Scheffer et al. 2001. Nature) he received the 2004 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America for the peer-reviewed paper published in the past five years that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences. He is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and serves on its Environmental Committee. He is member of the Science Council of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), Board member of the Beijer Institute and also the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Board member of the Swedish Research Council Formas. He has served on the Board of NCEAS, acted as scientific advisor to the United Nation's Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the UN, the Swedish Government and is Founder of Albaeco, an Institute devoted to communicating sustainability science to the general public. In 1995 he received the Pew Scholar Award in Conservation and the Environment.

E-mail: Carl Folke