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Dr. Belinda Reyers

Director
Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development (GRAID)

Professor Belinda Reyers is the Director of the GRAID program at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The GRAID program (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development) is an innovative long-term collaboration to build on the Centre’s ongoing extensive academic research in the theory and practice of resilience for development. The program aims to synthesize and streamline insights and generate the latest knowledge on resilience thinking, and approaches for assessing and building resilience in the context of development. GRAID, is funded by Sida, and has been developed as a strategic knowledge partner to the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) which is convened by The Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and Sida. Belinda Reyers is also an extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Dr. Reyers began her research career in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment – a global study to measure declines in the world’s ecosystems and the consequences of these declines for human wellbeing.  Subsequent to this global effort, she has gone on to further develop this research on the links between ecosystems and human wellbeing in Southern Africa, building the knowledge, tools, policy context and capacity in the region for this work. Her current research involves regional and international collaborations which aim to integrate knowledge on social-ecological systems and their role in supporting resilient societies into the policies and practices of decision makers. This work has supported several new collaborations between science and the private and public sectors in unlocking new investments, policy shifts and partnerships for improved ecosystem stewardship.

Dr. Reyers received her Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Pretoria in 2001. She then worked as a senior lecturer at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch in South Africa until 2004. Subsequently, she established and led the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she also worked as a Chief Scientist until 2015.

Dr. Reyers initiated and co-leads the Southern African Program on Ecosystem change and Society, a network of leading social-ecological researchers working in southern Africa to develop new theory and tools and grow capacity in the social-ecological systems field, and one of the core case studies within the Future Earth Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS).

Belinda Reyers plays a number of advisory roles to national government and international bodies including: Vice Chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth; the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and the Global Earth Observation: Biodiversity Observation Network. Her publications include over 90 articles in scientific journals and chapters in books. She is an editor and reviewer for a number of scientific journals and research funders.

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