The urgent need to restore Earth’s natural environment coincides with humanity’s accelerating demand for natural resources. Thus, attaining sustainability requires recognizing the critical interplay between ecological, social, and economic factors in natural resource systems. This presentation delves into the complexity of human-environment connectivity to explore social-ecological resilience and tipping points in natural resource systems. Drawing on my research, I will discuss how applying social-ecological systems science to study fisheries, agricultural landscapes, and forestry provides new knowledge on sustainable natural resource management. The talk will place particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary methodological approaches of the presented studies, especially social-ecological network modelling. Throughout the presentation, I will emphasize the critical importance of understanding social-ecological resilience in the ever-changing world.
Dr Johanna Yletyinen is a Wisdom Fellow researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She received her PhD in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm Resilience Centre and holds a Title of Docent in Environmental Science (University of Jyväskylä). Yletyinen’s research is based on exploring diverse social-ecological systems with network science to advance our understanding of social-ecological resilience and sustainability.