Executive Committee

Executive Committee    |    Scientific Steering Committee    |    Senior Fellows


sarah_cornellSarah Cornell, Co-Chair, is the Coordinator of the Planetary Boundaries research laboratory, which is part of the Stockholm Resilience Centre’s Global Dynamics research theme. She is also the co-convenor of the international Planetary Boundaries Research Network, PB.net. Her current research has a particular focus on conceptualisations of humans in the Earth system. Her main interests are in obtaining a multidimensional understanding of anthropogenic global changes and the associated changes in risks, and the philosophy and methodology of integrative research. Read more here.

Paul Sinclair, Co-ChPaul_Sinclairair, is Professor of African Archaeology, and has been particularly interested in evidence based spatial analysis of material culture distributions in regional and landscape perspectives. He has worked on socio-environmental interactions in farming community and urban contexts in the central African and Indian Ocean regions. The complexity of linear and non-linear processes operating in multi-scalar contexts underline the need for joint research teams and therefore he has been engaged in comparative work in Mozambique, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. Sinclair has also been involved in re-thinking the role of Africa in the Indian Ocean trading networks resulting from the recent identification of 1st millennium BC Harappan and early Buddhist ceramics on the coast of East Africa. 400 dated sites from the last 12 000 years are viewed in time series in relation to soils and vegetation covers and provide a comparative basis for comparison with similar data from the Amazon region and from South East Asia.

CaroleCarole L Crumley, ex. officio, is Professor of Anthropology (emerita) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA) and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Biodiversity, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Uppsala). She has been with IHOPE since 2003. Her PhD (Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) was preceded by training in archaeology, classics, geology, climatology, and ecology; she is a founder of historical ecology. She began fieldwork in North America and the Near East but soon focused on Europe, where with colleagues she studies long-term landscape change in Burgundy, France. Long active in international global change programs, she writes about complex dynamic systems in the social sciences, issues in transdisciplinary research, integrated global- to local-scale historical ecology, climate history, landscape evolution, social inequality, social memory and the future of the past. Read more here.

Innocent_PikirayiInnocent Pikirayi is Professor in archaeology and Head of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria. His research focuses on the rise, development and demise of states societies in Southern Africa since the early second millennium AD. He is currently conducting geoarchaeological investigations around Great Zimbabwe to document the ancient city’s water resources, and assess the role of water in sustaining urban growth in the region. His other research interests lie in the relevance of the discipline of archaeology to contemporary societies in southern Africa. Read more here

Libby_RobinLibby Robin is an environmental historian and historian of science, based at the Australian National University and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. She has a long-standing project exploring the unfolding history of the Anthropocene, including a history of IHOPE (Robin and Steffen 2007). Her research explores the role of museum objects, events and exhibitions in opening up dialogues about justice in the Age of Humans. Since 2011 she has been affiliated with KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Stockholm and was Guest Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) from 2011-2014, with the project Expertise for the Future, which includes the forthcoming The Environment: A History. She is President of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO) and co-Convenor of the Australian Environmental Humanities Hub.

Sverker_SorlinSverker Sörlin is professor of Environmental History in the Division of History of Science and Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where he is also senior researcher. He was the first director of the Swedish Institute for Studies in Education and Research, SISTER (2000-2003), and has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley (1993), University of Cambridge (2004-05), and the University of Oslo (2006).He has engaged in public debates on education and research policy, and in environment and policy advice; during 1994-1998, and again since 2005, he has served on the Swedish Government’s Research Advisory Board. Read more here.

Tainter2Joseph A. Tainter is Professor of Sustainability in the Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University, having previously served as Department Head. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1975. He worked on issues of sustainability before the term became common, including his acclaimed book The Collapse of Complex Societies (Cambridge University Press, 1988). He is co-editor of The Way the Wind Blows: Climate, History, and Human Action (Columbia University Press, 2000), a work exploring past human responses to climate change. With T. F. H. Allen and T. W. Hoekstra he wrote Supply-Side Sustainability (Columbia University Press, 2003), the first comprehensive approach to sustainability to integrate ecological and social science. His most recent book is Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma, with Tadeusz Patzek (Copernicus Books, 2012). Tainter has taught at the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University. Until 2005 he directed the Cultural Heritage Research Project in Rocky Mountain Research Station.