The KLI support international groups of scholars in the life and sustainability sciences working on interdisciplinary projects to conduct their groundbreaking research at the institute.  KLI Focus Groups and Working Groups aim to develop ideas on a particular subject and generate suggestions for action. The participants have different scientific backgrounds and strive to develop specific, practical goals.  Focus Groups are one-time meetings gathering and working together at the KLI for a period of one to maximum two weeks. Working Groups comprise 3 meetings over the course of one year and a half.

Event Details

Working Groups & Focus Groups
Evolutionary Theory for Social-Ecological Change
KLI Working Group
2020-11-01 12:00 - 2022-12-31 12:00
Organized by Tim Waring and Maja Schlüter

This working group will explore the value of evolutionary mechanisms for explaining complex social-ecological change, with a focus on developing sustainability theory to address real world problems and improve governance and transformation of social-ecological systems.

The working group will be co-led by two scholars (Waring & Schlüter) from the evolutionary and sustainability fields and will take place via three meetings at the KLI over 1.5 years. The first two meetings will convene a group of 8 researchers (“theory group”) to accomplish the integrative theoretical work. The third meeting will also include an another ~6 researchers who will work to apply the outputs the core group has developed to specific SES research contexts. The application group will be revised during the first meeting and solicited between the first and second meeting.



Tim Waring (Mitchell Center, University of Maine)

Maja Schlüter (Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University)


Theory Group Collaborators:

Monique Borgerhoff-Mulder, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Thomas Currie, University of Exeter

Carl Folke, Stockholm Resilience Center, Beijer Institute, RSAS

Laurel Fogarty, Max Planck for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Jamila Haider, Stockholm Resilience Center

Peter Jørgensen, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics

Alessandro Tavoni, University of Bologna