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Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Professor at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at Potsdam University, and Professor in Water Systems and Global Sustainability at Stockholm University
Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues. He has gained international recognition with the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework. This framework is a standard of sustainability science. Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources. He has more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.
Rockström’s has created research with considerable impact. For example, he received the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. Furthermore, Professor Rockström is ranked as one of the most influential and most-cited scientists in the world by Clarivate Analytics. Additionally, his research endeavors are widely used to guide policy.
In addition, Rockström provides strategic scientific guidance as a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group ‘Mission Board for Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation’ and the ‘Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’. He also acts as an advisor for sustainable development issues at international meetings including the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC). Moreover, Professor Rockström chairs the advisory board for the EAT Foundation and the Earth League. He is the co-chair of the Earth Commission.
Rockström’s work has won various accolades. The most recent of which include the Prince Albert II of Monaco Climate Change Award (2020) and the Hillary Laureate by the Hillary Institute of International Leadership (2017).
Before becoming Director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, Rockström founded the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. He also was the Executive Director at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Johan Rockström obtained a Master of Science (MSc) at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, a Diplôme d’Agronomie Approfondie (DAA) at Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, a Licentiate of Philosophy (PhLic) at Stockholm University. Furthermore, Professor Rockström completed a doctorate (PhD) in Natural Resources Management at Stockholm University.