Prof. Folke’s work focuses on the role that living systems at different scales play in social and economic development, and how to govern and manage integrated social-ecological systems towards resilience. He has thirty years of experience with interdisciplinary collaboration in sustainability science, emphasizing that people are part of and fundamentally dependent on the capacity of the biosphere to sustain development. Prof. Folke has a rich list of publications including fourteen books, the most recent on the interface of art and science — Reflections – On People and the Biosphere (Langenskiölds, with L. Hall) and on Water Resilience for Human Prosperity (Cambridge University Press, with J. Rockström and colleagues). He is recognized as a highly cited researcher.
Prof. Folke co-founded the Resilience Alliance, has been engaged in the development of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and directs the programme office of PECS (programme on ecosystem change and society). He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and serves as scientific advisor to research institutes, organizations, and in areas of science, policy and practice, both internationally and in Sweden. Awards include Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment and the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America.