KLI Colloquia are informal, public talks that are followed by extensive dissussions. Speakers are KLI fellows or visiting researchers who are interested in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience and discussing it in a wider research context. We offer three types of talks:

1. Current Research Talks. KLI fellows or visiting researchers present and discuss their most recent research with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

2. Future Research Talks. Visiting researchers present and discuss future projects and ideas togehter with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

3. Professional Developmental Talks. Experts about research grants and applications at the Austrian and European levels present career opportunities and strategies to late-PhD and post-doctoral researchers.

  • The presentation language is English.
  • If you are interested in presenting your current or future work at the KLI, please contact the Scientific Director or the Executive Manager.

Event Details

Working Groups & Focus Groups
Evolutionary Theory for Social-Ecological Change
KLI Working Group
2020-11-01 12:00 - 2021-12-01 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


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