Bild: frilagt inomhusporträtt av småleende man

Photo: Stockholm Resilience Centre/Stockholm University

About Peter's research

What do evolution and sustainability have to do with each other? In my research, I try to understand global sustainability challenges in the Anthropocene, the era in which humans are the dominant force of change on Earth. Specifically, I study how a society can transition from a disruptive to a stabilising force and how the living environment can be the source of good health and well-being. This is where evolution comes in. The necessary changes in societal cultures (ideas, practices, technology, and collaboration) for the sustainable transition to be successful can be seen in perspective to other major shifts in the history of life, such as the transition from single-celled to multicellular life. The problem is a lack of a framework to understand this transition. My research in this field has two tracks. I work on specific global challenges such as antibiotic resistance, emerging infectious diseases, and food security. In parallel, I also work on general questions about what characterises the Anthropocene. This includes a new interdisciplinary synthesis to help us map its past, present, and future.

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Bild: frilagt inomhusporträtt av småleende man

Photo: Stockholm Resilience Centre/Stockholm University


In brief

Born: 1985
Interests: Gardening, nature, genealogy, social debate, percussion and drums.
Other: Often looks up: I have observed 120 bird species from the small garden.

I wish to contribute to strengthening the voice of science in society (both nationally and internationally), and this is best done with a collective voice, in collaboration with other young distinguished researchers. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary activities in relation to the complex societal challenges of today. Interdisciplinary knowledge and questions have been an important, but also challenging, competence in my own career. I would be happy to contribute to increasing access to advice for young researchers who want to work interdisciplinarily.

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