Beijer Discussion Paper
Our Future in the Anthropocene Biosphere: Global sustainability and resilient societies

Folke et al. 2020. Beijer Discussion Paper 272: Our Future in the Anthropocene Biosphere: Global sustainability and resilient societies. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

The corona pandemic has exposed the interconnected, tightly coupled and vulnerable globalised world. This White Paper sets the scientific stage for understanding and responding to such crises for global sustainability and resilient societies. We provide a systemic overview of the current situation; where people and nature are dynamically intertwined and embedded in the biosphere, placing shocks and extreme events as part of this dynamic; where...

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Underlagsrapport 2020:4 Metoder för att ändra kostvanor

Malin Jonell and Therese Lindahl. 2020. Underlagsrapport 2020:4 Metoder för att ändra kostvanor. Konsumentverket .

This report aims at providing an overview of various methods that can be used to influence people’s diets. Given the negative environmental impact and potentially negative health effects that may be associated with the consumption of animal foods, this report focuses on methods for reducing the consumption of these foods, especially red meat. In addition to identifying overall methods, we zoom in on a number...

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Styrmedel för hållbar matkonsumtion – en kunskapsöversikt och vägar framåt

Röös, E., J. Larsson, K. Resare Sahlin, M. Jonell, T. Lindahl, E. André, S. Säll, N. Harring, M. Persson. 2020. Styrmedel för hållbar matkonsumtion – en kunskapsöversikt och vägar framåt. SLU Future Food Reports 13 Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, forskningsplattformen SLU Future Food.

Den här rapporten är resultatet av ett samarbetsprojekt mellan Mistra Sustainable Consumption, SLU Future Food, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR) vid Göteborgs universitet samt Chalmers. Projektet syftade till att översiktligt kartlägga nuvarande kunskapsläge om styrmedel för en miljömässigt hållbar matkonsumtion samt att identifiera vad offentliga aktörer redan idag skulle kunna göra för att främja en positiv utveckling. Den riktar...

Beijer Discussion Paper
What policies address both the coronavirus crisis and the climate crisis?

Engström, G. J. Gars, N. Jaakkola, T. Lindahl, D. Spiro and A. van Benthem. 2020. Beijer Discussion Paper 271: What policies address both the coronavirus crisis and the climate crisis?. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

The coronavirus pandemic has led many countries to initiate unprecedented economic recovery packages. There have been widespread calls to prioritize dealing with a second, looming crisis—climate change—when designing these economic stimulus packages. In this paper we identify policies that promote both goals simultaneously. We analyze both the long-run climate impacts from coronavirus-related economic recovery policies, and the impacts of long-run climate policies on economic recovery...

Beijer Discussion Paper
Uncertainty can help protect local commons in the face of climate change

Caroline Schill and Juan Carlos Rocha. 2019. Beijer Discussion Paper 270: Uncertainty can help protect local commons in the face of climate change. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

Climate change is likely to trigger abrupt and potentially persistent changes in the structure and function of marine ecosystems1,2. Such ‘regime shifts’3 threaten the livelihoods of millions of people reliant on small-scale fisheries4. Yet, it is largely unknown how resource users cope with regime shifts, their uncertainty, and impacts. Here, we assess the potential for local collective action to avert uncertain, yet catastrophic, regime shifts....

Journal article
Social Dimensions of Fertility Behavior and Consumption Patterns in theAnthropocene.

Barrett, S., A. Dasgupta, P. Dasgupta, W. N. Adger, J. Anderies, J. van den Bergh, C. Bledsoe, J. Bongaarts, S. Carpenter. F. S. Chapin III, A.-S. Crépin, G. Daily, P. Ehrlich, C. Folke, N. Kautsky, E. F. Lambin, S. A. Levin, K.-G. Mäler, R. Naylor, K. Nyborg, S. Polasky, M. Scheffer, J. Shogren, P. Søgaard Jørgensenq, B. Walker and J. Wilen. 2020. Social Dimensions of Fertility Behavior and Consumption Patterns in theAnthropocene. . PNAS 117 (12):6300–6307.

We consider two aspects of the human enterprise that profoundly affect the global environment: population and consumption. We show that fertility and consumption behavior harbor a class of externalities that have not been much noted in the literature. Both are driven in part by attitudes and preferences that are not egoistic but socially embedded; that is, each household’s decisions are influenced by the decisions made...

Beijer Discussion Paper
Cooperation in the face of thresholds, risk and uncertainty

Rocha, J., C. Schill, L. M. Saavedra-Díaz, R. del Pilar Moreno and J. Higinio Maldonado. 2019. Beijer Discussion Paper 268: Cooperation in the face of thresholds, risk and uncertainty. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

Cooperation is thought to be a necessary condition to solve collective dilemmas such as climate change or the sustainable use of common-pool resources. Yet, it is poorly understood how situations pervaded by thresholds shape the behaviour of people facing collective dilemmas. Here we provide empirical evidence that resource users facing thresholds maintain on average cooperative behaviours by maximising their individual earnings while ensuring future group...

Journal article
A more dynamic understanding of human behaviour for the Anthropocene

Schill, C., J. M. Anderies, T. Lindahl, C. Folke, S. Polasky, JC Cárdenas, A.-S. Crépin, M. A. Janssen, J. Norberg and M. Schlüter. 2019. A more dynamic understanding of human behaviour for the Anthropocene . Nature Sustainability 2:1075–1082.

Human behaviour is of profound significance in shaping pathways towards sustainability. Yet, the approach to understanding human behaviour in many fields remains reliant on overly simplistic models. For a better understanding of the interface between human behaviour and sustainability, we take work in behavioural economics and cognitive psychology as a starting point, but argue for an expansion of this work by adopting a more dynamic...

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Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective

Bratman, G.N., Anderson, C.B., Berman, M..G., Cochran, B. et.al. 2019. Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective. Science Advances 5 : eaax0903.

A growing body of empirical evidence is revealing the value of nature experience for mental health. With rapid urbanization and declines in human contact with nature globally, crucial decisions must be made about how to preserve and enhance opportunities for nature experience. Here, we first provide points of consensus across the natural, social, and health sciences on the impacts of nature experience on cognitive functioning,...

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An experimental approach to exploring market responses in small-scale fishing communities

O'Neill Drury, E., T. Lindahl, T. Daw, B.I. Crona, A.J.G. Ferrer, and R. Pomeroy. 2019. An experimental approach to exploring market responses in small-scale fishing communities. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:491.

Small-scale fishing communities are increasingly connected to international seafood trade via exports in a growing global market. Understanding how this connectedness impacts local fishery systems, both socially and ecologically, has become a necessary challenge for fishery governance. Market prices are a potential mechanism by which global market demands are transferred to small-scale fishery actors. In most small-scale fisheries (SSF) this happens through various traders (intermediaries,...