Elinor Ostrom

Beijer Fellow Elinor Ostrom, she was the first woman to be awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Her award in 2009 was “for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons” and her ground breaking research on the ways that people organise themselves to manage resources. Lin, as she was called by her friends, was a true pioneer…

Kenneth Arrow

Economics Laureate and long standing Beijer Fellow Kenneth Arrow passed away in 2017, at the age of 95. Kenneth (Ken) Arrow, of Stanford University, was considered by many of his peers to be the most influential economist of his generation and as such he played an immense role for the Beijer Institute, taking part in research programmes, in capacity building efforts in developing countries and…

Karl-Göran Mäler

Professor emeritus Karl-Göran Mäler was one of the founders and the first director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and a pioneering world leading environmental economist. He was an intellectual giant, mentor and dear friend to colleagues at the Beijer Institute and around the world. Karl-Göran’s curiosity and continuous wish to understand matters at a deeper level were key ingredients for the success of…

C. S. “Buzz” Holling

”Buzz” Holling is considered the father of resilience research and a pivotal figure in the development of the Beijer Institute, the Resilience Alliance and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.  He was a pioneer in efforts to understand complex systems, inspired by thinkers emerging at that time. Holling strongly emphasized that understanding, not knowledge in a narrow sense, is navigating the dynamic, connected, and evolving challenges of…

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