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Johan Rockström

Co - Director, Potsdam Institute

Johan Rockström is an internationally leading scientist on resilience, global sustainability and sustainable development. He is the Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, and the former Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute. He has over 20 years’ experience in interdisciplinary research on sustainable development and Earth system research, ranging from global water resources, ecosystem services, agricultural development, and social-ecological resilience, with over 150 research publications (>100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and >10 books).

He led the transition team designing Future Earth ( (the integration of the Global Environment Change programs under ICSU), served on the Swedish Prime Minister’s (PM) Futures Commission 2012-2013. He currently serves on the Swedish Prime Minister’s global innovation council, commissioner on the Global Commission on Health, Pollution and Development, serves on the Swedish delegation to implement the global Sustainable Development Goals agenda (Delegation 2030), and is a member of the leadership council and co-chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) global theme on pathways to attain the Sustainable Development Goals within Earth system boundaries (the World in 2050 initiative, TWI2050.

He has published over 100 scientific papers and co-authored four books. He was the first non-American scientist to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize of the American Geophysical Union in 2017.

He will be joining the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany, as the Joint Director from September 2018.

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