Social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services

Theis working group is exploring ecosystem services dynamics within social-ecological units across different landscapes and seascapes.

The working group met for the first time in 2015, at a workshop in Sweden (see phot above), and is composed of researchers representing regional case studies that have investigated ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies (i.e. ecosystem service bundles) within social-ecological units across different landscapes and seascapes. Working group participants have contributed with data from 18 different case studies. A follow up workshop was held in Sweden in October 2016. Some of the focal research questions of the working group are:


  • Are there shared types of bundles of ecosystem services found across case studies? Are these signatures of social-ecological systems?
  • What are the key ecological, social, and geographic drivers to explain patterns of ecosystem services and ecosystem service bundles across cases?
  • What methods are used to identify ecosystem services, trade offs, bundles, and drivers? How much methodological commonality is there, and how much is required to cope with differences in social-ecological context and data availability? Should we do things differently in different contexts?
  • How do social relationships across spatial scales matter in the analysis of ecosystem services bundles


One publication has been generated by this working group, and several more are in preparation.


Berta Martin-Lopez (email)

Albert Norström (email)

Garry Peterson (email)

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2017-05-29 Albert Norström

PECS - Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Stockholm University
SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Visiting address: Kräftriket 2

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The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a core project of Future Earth. It aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological system and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.