About the Organizers

The Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) is a Future Earth core-project, one of 21 such global change research projects. PECS aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social-ecological systems, the services they generate, and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.

PECS research is explicitly transdisciplinary and intersectoral, and aims to break down barriers that have impeded understanding of social-ecological transformations. PECS aims to understand interactions across scales, such as fast and slow drivers of social and ecological change, thresholds, traps and time lags, in order to identify appropriate operational scales. A comparative, place-based approach, international in scope, is at the core of PECS research.

Using community-engaged research, NSERC-ResNet supports Canada's capacity to monitor, model, and manage its working landscapes and seascapes (and all the ecosystem services they provide) for the long-term shared health, prosperity and resilience of all Canadians.

Established in 1999, the Resilience Alliance is an international, multidisciplinary research organisation that has played a leading role in advancing resilience theory and practice. RA research aligns with the current strategic direction of global policy fora and serves as a resource for other organisations and programs around the world. In addition to coordinating research activities among working groups and an annual science meeting, the RA publishes open-access science journals including Ecology and Society.

PECS Conference Organizing Committee

  • Elena Bennett

    Elena Bennett

    Meeting Host and Co-Chair, Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Bieler School of Environment, McGill University, SAC,LAC

  • Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs

    Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs

    Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University and Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm University

  • Alta de Vos 

    Alta de Vos 

    Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University

  • Allyson Quinlan

    Allyson Quinlan

    Resilience Alliance, SAC,LAC

  • Nicole Middlemiss

    Nicole Middlemiss

    Manager, NSERC-ResNet, SAC,LAC

PECS-3 Scientific Advisory & Local Committee

  • Karina Benessaiah

    Karina Benessaiah

    University of Guelph, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, LAC

  • Marta Berbes

    Marta Berbes

    University of Waterloo, School of Planning and Faculty of Environment, SAC,LAC

  • Antonio Castro

    Antonio Castro

    University of Almeria

  • Graeme Cumming

    Graeme Cumming

    University of Western Australia

  • Elson Galang

    Elson Galang

    McGill University

  • Stefan Gelcich 

    Stefan Gelcich 

    Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile

  • Varun Goswami

    Varun Goswami

    Conservation Initiatives

  • Rebecca Kariuki

    Rebecca Kariuki

    School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

  • Rafael Lembi

    Rafael Lembi

    Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University

  • Albert Norstrom

    Albert Norstrom

    Global Resilience Partnership, Stockholm Resilience Centre

  • Garry Peterson

    Garry Peterson

    Stockholm Resilience Centre Stockholm University

  • Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne

    Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne

    Wildlife Conservation Society, SAC,LAC

  • Mike Schoon

    Mike Schoon

    School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

  • Odirilwe Selomane

    Odirilwe Selomane

    University of Pretoria, Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

  • Kate Sherren 

    Kate Sherren 

    School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University

  • Chinwe Ifejika Speranza

    Chinwe Ifejika Speranza

    Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management Unit, Institute of Geography, University of Bern

  • Suneetha Subramanian

    Suneetha Subramanian

    United Nations University

  • Micaela Trimble

    Micaela Trimble

    South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS)

  • Julia Van Velden

    Julia Van Velden

    Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST), Stellenbosch University, South Africa

  • Ouyang Zhiyun

    Ouyang Zhiyun

    Chinese Academy of Sciences

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