NEWS 2023-03-08

Gross ecosystem product: An attractor for social innovation and transformation

We are re-launching the Stockholm Seminar series!



Gretchen Daily
Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford Department of Biology; co-founder and Faculty Director, Natural Capital Project

Steve Polasky
Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota; co-founder of the Natural Capital Project

Tong Wu
Senior Scientist at the Natural Capital Project, Stanford University

Time and place

Monday 13 March 2023, 14.00-16.00
Linné Hall, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm,
or on Zoom:

About the speakers

Beijer Fellow Gretchen Daily’s work is focused on understanding human dependence and impacts on nature and the deep societal transformations needed to secure people and nature. Her work spans fundamental research and policy-oriented initiatives engaging with governments, multilateral development banks, investors, businesses, farmers and ranchers, communities, and NGOs.

Beijer Fellow Steve Polasky’s research examines the contributions of nature to human well-being and analyzes the impacts of land use and land management on the provision and value of ecosystem services and natural capital. His research interests extend to issues in biodiversity conservation, sustainability, environmental regulation, renewable energy, climate change, and management of common property resources.

Tong Wu’s current major research focus is the development of gross ecosystem product (GEP) as a policy instrument for aligning environmental and socio-economic imperatives. Topics that he has worked on include the mainstreaming of ecosystem services in management and planning, the role of nature in improving public health outcomes, and strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Tong Wu is a former Beijer Young Scholar.

Stockholm Seminars – frontiers in sustainability science

The Stockholm Seminars cover a broad range of sustainability science perspectives with a focus on the dynamics and stewardship of social-ecological systems. The seminars are organised by the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in collaboration with the Anthropocene Laboratory at the Royal Academy of Sciences, the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Albaeco, Future Earth and Stockholm Resilience Centre. The seminars are hosted at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and popular among scientists, students, media and policy makers.

The lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

For more information and to sign up for seminar invitations visit