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Editorial board


Johan Rockström Editor-in-Chief

Joint Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Johan is a Professor in Environmental Science at Stockholm University. He has 20 years’ experience in interdisciplinary research on global water resources, ecosystem services, agricultural development, social-ecological resilience and Earth system research. He serves as advisor to international organizations and governments on topics such as resilience, global sustainability and sustainable development.

Deputy editors

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Xuemei Bai Deputy Editor

ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology, Fenner School of Environment and Society

Xuemei's research focuses on several frontiers of urban sustainability science and policy, including drivers and consequence of urbanization, structure, function, processes and evolution of urban socio-ecological systems, urban metabolism, urban sustainability experiments and transition, cities and climate change, and urban environmental policy and governance.

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Bert de Vries Deputy Editor

Professor emeritus, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development Chair Global Change and Energy, Utrecht University

Bert’s research expertise is in the analysis, modelling and policy development of resource and energy use, climate and global change, and sustainable development. He has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the TARGETS and IMAGE teams on Global Change Integrated Assessment Models (IAM).


Section editors

Neil Adger

Neil Adger Section Editor

University of Exeter

Neil is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter. His research bridges the social and natural sciences with a focus on social and ecological resilience, adaptation to global environmental change and migration, human security and demography. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in the social sciences. 

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John Barrett Section Editor

University of Leeds

John holds a Chair in Energy and Climate Policy at the Sustainable Research Institute (SRI), University of Leeds. His research interests include energy demand, resource productivity, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) modelling, carbon accounting and exploring the transition to a low carbon pathway. John is the director of Centre of Industrial Energy, Materials and Products, funded by the UK Research Council’s Energy Programme. In addition, John is the co-director of UK Energy Research Centre, a multidisciplinary research centre understanding energy from a whole systems perspective.

Tim Benton

Tim Benton Section Editor

University of Leeds and Chatham House

Tim is a Professor of Ecology at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Chatham House.  His interests are in sustainability and resilience, with a focus on food-climate-environmental systems.

Frank Biermann

Frank Biermann Section Editor

Utrecht University

Frank is a Research Professor of Global Sustainability Governance, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, and Chair, Earth System Governance Project.

Emily Boyd

Emily Boyd Section Editor

Lund University

Emily is a Professor in Sustainability Science at Lund University and Director of LUCSUS. She works on cross-cutting issues of climate change and society, resilience governance and development, and on shaping inclusive practices and politics in sustainability.

Felix Creutzig

Felix Creutzig Section Editor

Mercators Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Technical University Berlin

Felix is Professor for Sustainability Economics of Human Settlement and investigates how cities, land use management and the transport sector can contribute to climate solutions.

Beatrice Crona

Beatrice Crona Section Editor

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Beatrice is Executive Director the research programme, Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. The program combines economic studies with a range of disciplines to address challenges of global change and sustainability, with specific focus on how local-to-global, cross-scale interactions affect human well-being and the sustainable use of resources. She is also one of the leaders of the ‘Patterns of the Anthropocene’ research stream at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her work has centered on applications of network analysis for resource management and various aspects of oceans and fisheries governance, but her more recent work focuses on understanding different types of emerging global connectivities and their effects on social-ecological outcomes at multiple scales, particularly trade in marine resources.

Mark Diesendorf

Mark Diesendorf Section Editor

UNSW Sydney

Dr Mark Diesendorf is Honorary Associate Professor in Environmental Humanities at UNSW Sydney. Previously, at various times, he was a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO, Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney, and Director of Sustainability Centre Pty Ltd.  Currently his principal research is on rapid mitigation of global climate change and, in particular, integrating renewable energy on a large scale into electricity supply-demand systems. His most recent books are Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change (Routledge-Earthscan, 2014) and Climate Action: A campaign manual for greenhouse solutions (UNSW Press, 2009). 

Pail Ekins

Paul Ekins Section Editor

University College London

Paul Ekins is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. His academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. He is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP), and was the lead author of the IRP’s 2017 report on resource efficiency commissioned by the G7 governments. He is currently one of two global Co-Chairs of UN Environment’s sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6).

Thomas Elmqvist

Thomas Elmqvist Section Editor

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Thomas is a professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. His research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, urbanization, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social

Sam Fankhauser

Sam Fankhauser Section Editor

London School of Economics

Professor Sam Fankhauser is Co-Director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Deputy Director of the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, both at the London School of Economics. He is also an Associate Director at economics consultancy Vivid Economics and a Non-Executive Director of CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution. Previously, Sam worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility. From 2008 to 2016 he was a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change.

Carl Folke

Carl Folke Section Editor

Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Carl is Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and founder and Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Since the mid-1980s he has broken new grounds in understanding the dynamic interplay of humans and nature, of economy and ecology, and developed research on social-ecological systems and resilience thinking from management and stewardship of ecosystem services in the seas and on the land to global sustainability. Carl is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Arjen Hoekstra

Arjen Y. Hoekstra Section Editor

University of Twente

Arjen is Professor at the University of Twente and founder of the Water Footprint Network. His research focusses on sustainability, efficiency and equity in water management and the relation between water, food and energy policy. As creator of the water footprint concept, he introduced supply-chain thinking in water management. He advises governments, ngo’s, companies and international institutions.

Saleem Huq

Saleemul Huq Section Editor

International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD)

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Saleemul has been the Director of the ICCCAD since 2009 providing development and training for Bangladesh stakeholders. In his capacity as a Senior Fellow of the IIED he is involved in building negotiating capacity and supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries in UNFCCC. Saleemul's research and teaching is principally focussed on global environmental policies, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and plant sciences.

Eric Lambin

Eric F.B. Lambin Section Editor

Stanford University and Université catholique de Louvain

Eric’s research is in the area of human-environment interactions in land systems.

Mark Maslin

Mark Maslin Section Editor

University College London

Mark FRGS, FRSA is a Professor of Climatology at University College London. He is a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship, Executive Director of Rezatec Ltd and Director of The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. He is science advisor to the Global Cool Foundation and the Sopria-Steria Group and a member of Cheltenham Science Festival Advisory Committee.

Louis Niessen

Louis Niessen Section Editor

John Hopkins SPH

Louis is an Adjunct Professor at John Hopkins SPH, USA. He is also a Chair in Health Economics at the University of Warwick and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. 

Lennart Olsson

Lennart Olsson Section Editor

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Science (LUCSUS)

Lennart Olsson is Professor of Geography at Lund University and the founding Director of LUCSUS.

Per Olsson

Per Olsson Section Editor

Stockholm University

Per is leading the Stockholm Resilience Centre's research stream 'Resilience Science for Transformations', working with agency and system entrepreneurship, social-ecological innovations and transformations to sustainability and how to reverse current trends of crossing critical thresholds and tipping points in the Earth system. He is also the hub leader for the ISSC funded Transformation Knowledge Network and serves on the Advisory Committee to Future Earth Knowledge Action Network on Transformations to Sustainability.

Jouni Paavola

Jouni Paavola Section Editor

University of Leeds

Jouni is Professor of Environmental Social Science in the School of Earth and Environment and Director of the ESRC funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) in Leeds.

Markus Reichstein

Markus Reichstein Section Editor

Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry

Markus is Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry,  Professor for Global Geoecology, and Director at the Michael-Stifel-Center Jena for Data-driven and Simulation Science at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena. His interests include Earth System Science, and global carbon, water, and nutrient cycling, soil processes and the role of extreme events in the Earth System.

Katherine Richardson

Katherine Richardson Section Editor

University of Copenhagen

Katherine is Professor in Biological Oceanography and Leader of the Sustainability Science Centre both at the University of Copenhagen.

Will Steffen

Will Steffen Section Editor

Australian National University, Canberra

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Will is an Earth System scientist. He is a Councillor on the Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change, an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, and a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, working with the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) program, and is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council. He is chair of the jury for the Volvo Environment Prize; a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Collective Action Research, Gothenburg University, Sweden; and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the Sub-committee on Quaternary Stratigraphy. 

Jennie Stephens

Jennie C. Stephens Section Editor

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Jennie is the Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Northeastern's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She is also Associate Director for Strategic Research Collaborations at Northeastern's Global Resilience Institute

Kaoru Sugihara

Kaoru Sugihara Section Editor

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto

Kaoru is Professor at RIHN where he is the Director of the Program for Social Transformation under Environmental Change. Originally trained as an economic historian, he has conducted research on various aspects of the global history of resources and environmental sustainability, with a focus on modern and contemporary Asia. At the Science Council of Japan he serves as vice-chair of its Committee for the Promotion of Future Earth.


Tetsuzo Yasunari Section Editor

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto

Tetsuzo Yasunari is Director General of RIHN. His original background is climate science with a specialism in monsoons and land-atmosphere interactions. His current research is on the human impacts on the earth climate system, with a particular fosus on the Asian monsoon and biosphere-atmosphere interaction in Eurasia. He serves as a member of the Science Committee of Future Earth and a chair of the Committee for the Promotion of Future Earth at the Science Council of Japan.

Dirk Zeller

Dirk Zeller Section Editor

University of Western Australia

Dirk is Professor of Marine Conservation and Lead of the Sea Around Us-Indian Ocean. He is a member of the School of Biological Sciences and the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Advisors to the Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Maria A. Martin Advisor to the Editor-in-Chief

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Dr. Maria Martin is a postdoctoral research fellow at PIK and works as Research Analyst to the director. As such, she is responsible for multifaceted tasks, including performing research, scientific writing, conceptual design and co-lead of small research projects, research analysis, and giving external talks.