Maartje Oostdijk – Project 1: Assessing and modelling ocean fishery dynamics, sustainable levels of extraction with an emphasis on Iceland and the North Atlantic area

maartje_profile.jpgMaartje holds a master degree in Environmental Science and a bachelor degree in Biology and Fine Arts. During her Biology and Environmental Science degrees she mainly specialized in coastal ecosystems, since these are especially vulnerable for future changes. During her bachelor and master she acquired several tools for studying these ecosystems such as modeling, fieldwork and remote sensing. In the PhD Maartje is building further upon these skills and acquiring more training in systems analysis and system dynamic modelling. Find out more about Maartje!

Nathalie Spittler – Project 2: Integrated energy model capturing sustainable energy development with a focus on Iceland as template

DSCF4012.JPGNathalie has an interdisciplinary background as she did her Bachelor in “Environmental and Natural Resource Management” at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. During her Master studies in “Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy” at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Nathalie specialized in the field of Environmental Change and Policy as well as Multi-Level Policy. Nathalie, also, followed many courses in the Master of “Environmental and Natural Resource Management”, especially focusing on energy. As part of her participation in the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) 2014/15 Nathalie worked on the topic of energy as one of the Sustainable Development Goals. During her studies she gained practical work experience at several institutions dealing with different sustainability issues. Among other those organizations include the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Wuppertal and the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT), Vienna. Find out more about Nathalie!

Eduard Nedelciu – Project 3: Food, population and phosphorus in a sustainable society


Eduard graduated with a BSc in Geography from Coventry University, UK, with a dissertation on “Challenges and opportunities for the organic farming sector in Moldova”. He then worked in Budapest as a Project Assistant and later as the Agriculture and Rural Development Coordinator at CEEweb for Biodiversity, an umbrella NGO whose mission is to promote biodiversity conservation through sustainable development in Central and Eastern Europe.

In parallel, Eduard was also an Independent External Monitor in Romania for the Fair Labor Association, which involved evaluating labor standards and reporting on the socio-economic status of growers and manufacturers throughout Syngenta´s seed supply chain in Romania. In 2014, he graduated with an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University in Budapest, with a thesis on the “Preservation of High Nature Value farmland cultural landscapes in Transylvania, Romania”. Find out more about Eduard!

Julian Torres – Project 4: The global steel supply with respect to available resources, degree of loss, reuse, recycling and mobility of stocks-in-use

14914988_360337280975463_749223096_n.jpgThroughout his eight years working for multinational or large scale industries such as Nokia, Bosch and Accenture, Julian grew increasingly interested in the interactions that exist among the supply chains themselves but also in their exchanges with the environment. During this time, he was awarded a mention of Distinction for his Master of Engineering dissertation in International Material Flow Management (Trier Universität, Germany), for being the pioneer in determining the environmental footprint of optical fiber production operations by using Material Flow Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment techniques.

This was supported by his two previous titles, a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management (Positivo University, Brazil) and Master of Business Administration degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (FAE Business School, Brazil), as well as by specializations in Resource Management and Sustainable Development (IFAS, Germany) and Supply Chain Development (ILOS UFRJ, Brazil). Find out more about Julian!

Therese Bennich – Project 5: The transition to a bio-based and self-renewable economy in the Nordic countries, the issue of national and regional cooperation

Profile Therese.JPGTherese is coming from a background in political science, sustainable development, and economics. With a strong belief that environmental and social issues cannot be understood and solved without a systems perspective, she joined the European Master in System Dynamics. Seeking ways to turn theory into practice throughout her studies, she engaged in a variety of projects, e.g. on sustainable tourism and rural development in Costa Rica with an explicitly holistic systems approach. Furthermore, before starting her PhD, she has been working with a global, non-profit aid-agency on programs related to land-rights, education, and women´s rights. Find out more about Therese!

Florian Dierickx – Project 6: The dynamics, circularity and sectoral interdependencies of material and energy flows in the EU.

DSCF4045.JPGFlorian studied bioscience engineering (land- and forest management, environmental engineering and bio-economy and policy) at the University of Antwerp, KU Leuven University and VUB Brussels in Belgium. Key focus areas were the remediation of water, air and soil quality, the study and application of different engineering techniques for environmental analysis, ecotoxicology and waste management. Additionally, he focused on GIS software, economics and natural hazards, and carried out his master thesis on the socio-economic consequences of landslides in Uganda. Before starting the PhD, he worked as an Associate Project Officer in the section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction at UNESCO in Paris, on different projects related to disaster risk reduction. Find out more about Florian!

Ganna Gladkykh – Project 7: A global integrated energy system dynamics model for 1650-3500 AD

Ganna profile pic.JPGGanna holds a masters degree in applied economics from the Donetsk National University (Ukraine) and a masters degree in system dynamics with the focus on sustainability science (Erasmus Mundus System Dynamics program). During 2013-2016 Ganna together with a colleague ran a consultancy project on applying systems thinking tools and participatory modelling techniques for addressing sustainability-related problems. During 2014-2015 Ganna was part-time involved in environmental policy making process in Ukraine cooperating with the Ministry of Environment and the Energy Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament. Find out more about Ganna!

David Collste – Project 8: An ontological reorientation of the economic basis in integrated assessment tools

DSCF4020.JPGDavid has a background in System Dynamics and holds a joint European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) from the University of Bergen (MPhil) and the New University of Lisbon. He also holds an MSc in Business Administration from Radboud University (Netherlands), an MSc in Political Sciences from Uppsala University and a BSc in Political Sciences with Economics as major from Uppsala University. David has worked within the associated negotiation processes at United Nations for the European Union and through the official children and youth constituency, primarily on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Before joining Stockholm Resilience Centre, David was product manager for insurance and finance at the Dept. of Ecolabelling at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen). David was the Swedish Government’s Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York in 2013. Find out more about David!

Jennifer Hinton – Project 9: Modelling the social system interaction with local and global population economy and the social dynamics

Jen Profile.jpgJennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and an MSc degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. For the past five years, she has also been a co-director of the Post Growth Institute, a global network of researchers and activists seeking pathways to shared prosperity beyond the growth-based economic system. In her work with the Post Growth Institute, she co-authored the forthcoming book, How on Earth: Flourishing in a Not-for-Profit World. Originally from Colorado in the USA, she lived in Greece from 2009 – 2016, during the economic crisis, working with both local initiatives and global networks to help lay the foundation for a new economic era. In all of her work, she seeks to bridge activism, research, and business in order to co-create a more sustainable future for humanity. Find out more about Jennifer!

Jóhanna Gísladóttir – Project 10: The linkages between corruption, trust, democracy and natural resource governance

DSCF4024.JPGJóhanna holds a master degree in System Dynamics from University of Bergen and a bachelor degree in Political Science from University of Iceland. During her studies she has mainly been interested in public policy making and environmental policy. During her bachelor and masters, she acquired several tools for studying social systems built both upon qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as system dynamics modelling. In the PhD Jóhanna is building further upon these skills and acquiring more training in building system dynamics models representing social systems. Jóhanna´s profile ERF finalOct17 (1)

Marie Schellens – Project 11: Critical natural resources and conflict risk from a complex systems perspective

profile CF.JPGMarie obtained a Bachelor of Science in Geography from KU Leuven University, Belgium, and a Master of Science in Geography, which is a jointly organised degree by KU Leuven and Free University Brussels (VUB). The programme emphasized understanding of both social and natural geographic phenomena and their interlinkages. Afterwards, she did a four month internship at UNESCO, department of Earth Sciences and Geohazard Risk Reduction, in Paris, which, among other responsibilities, included organising sessions at UNESCO Youth Forum and COP21. Right after the internship she moved to Stockholm to start this PhD. Find out more about Marie!

Timothée Parrique – Project 12: Growth, de-growth, ecology, political ecology and the future

picture.jpgTim holds a bachelor degree in economics from the University of Versailles (France) and a masters degree in sustainability science with a focus on ecological economics from Uppsala University (Sweden). After graduating, he spent three years developing and teaching an introduction course to issues of political economy in the context of sustainable development at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (Cemus) at Uppsala University. When he’s not reading about degrowth, Tim enjoys extreme sports, playing chess, and memorising random numbers. Find out more about Tim!