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Johan Rockström is a Professor in natural resource management at Stockholm University, and the Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, where he, e.g., led the recent development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change.

He is a leading scientist on global water resources, and strategies to build resilience in water scarce regions of the world, with more than 15 years of experience from applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 100 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.

Professor Rockström serves as the vice-chair of the science advisory board of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research (PIK). He also chairs the visioning process on global environmental change of ICSU, the International Council for Science.

Rockström was awarded the title “Swede of the Year” in 2009 for his work on bridging science on climate change to policy and society. He was ranked the most influential person on environmental issues in Sweden 2011.