Stephen Woroniecki

Postdoctoral researcher



Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR), Department of Thematic Studies – Environmental Change Unit, Linköping University, Sweden
IPBES Thematic Assessment on Underlying Drivers and Transformative Change
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Interests and expertise

In my capacity as a post-doctoral researcher working at Linköping University in Sweden and with colleagues at Oxford University’s Nature-based Solutions Initiative, I bring together the social and the natural dimensions of the interrelated challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and inequality. My research has dealt with the potential of ‘Nature-based Solutions’ to address these challenges in an integrated way. I have drawn on livelihoods, equity, empowerment, and vulnerability frameworks, as well as analysis of frames, knowledge and subjectivity (people’s lived relation to the world). A central theme of my work is to respect, listen to and support communities fighting for recognition and rights in environmental decision-making that affects them.


I have an interdisciplianry background in ecology, conservation, adaptation and resilience – having studied in Edinburgh, Stockholm, and Lund. Increasingly I use qualitative and participatory approaches from the social science and humanities to ask questions about social power and people’s lived experience of environmental change and response. To explore the complexity of social-ecological systems with relevant knowledge-holders, I am interested in novel and participatory methodologies, including arts-based research and serious games. I have conducted research in Latin America, Western Europe, East Africa, South Asia and the Pacific. I am a fellow in the IPBES transformative change assessment, working in a chapter examining how transformative change happens.

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