The South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS²) is an interdisciplinary research institute aimed at contributing substantially to the production of knowledge and capacity building in processes and mechanisms that determine the sustainability of ecosystem services, key to determining human well-being.

SARAS2 was designed to generate critical insights allowing South America to build sustainable futures. It seeks integration across a broad range of innovative approaches, combining disciplinary domains (social, natural and exact sciences), knowledge, and art and science interactions. Read more

 ASSOCIATES

The SARAS Institute is a joint initiative of Wageningen University (Netherlands), University of the Republic - UdelaR (Uruguay), Resilience Alliance, Ministry of Education and Culture (Uruguay) and Municipality of Maldonado (Uruguay).
SARAS maintains permanent links with:

  • Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Sweden)
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden)
  • Wageningen University (Netherlands)
  • University of Wisconsin (USA)
  • University of Arizona (USA)
  • University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • Catholic University of Chile - CASEB (Chile)
  • University of Zurich (Switzerland)
  • National Patagonian Centre - CONICET (Argentina)
  • Earth System Governance - University of Brasilia (Brazil)
  • Eastern Region University Centre - CURE
  • School of Sciences and Interdisciplinary Space; these last three institutions are based in Uruguay and belong to UdelaR.

SARAS counts on the institutional and financial support of the Uruguayan State (Ministry of Education and Culture and Municipality of Maldonado). It is a regional centre and draws on a strong cooperation with the scientific community of Argentina, Brazil and Chile, among others. It has also established close links with cooperation and funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Ibero-American Programme for Science, Technology and Development (CYTED), the Pew Research Center, and the Interdisciplinary Space (UdelaR).


 

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Available for download: Climate Change Case Studies

Available for download: Climate Change Case Studies

Exist important gaps between the generation of knowledge on climate change (from research and proje...

Climate Change Adaptation Dialogues

Climate Change Adaptation Dialogues

SARAS participates and collaborates in organizing national participatory workshops on climate change...

Analysis of the vulnerability, resilience and climate change adaptation of Uruguay's productive sectors

Analysis of the vulnerability, resilience and climate change adaptation of Uruguay's productive sectors

The agricultural sector is highly dependent on climate conditions. It becomes vitally important to i...

Call for papers and posters - I Seminar and Public Debate on Emerging territories in the Eastern Region of Uruguay

Call for papers and posters - I Seminar and Public Debate on Emerging territories in the Eastern Region of Uruguay

The First Seminar and Public Debate about the emerging territories in the Eastern Region of Uruguay,...

Webinar: Climate change, analysis and decision-making processes

Webinar: Climate change, analysis and decision-making processes

The processes of analysis and decision making linked to the management of climate variability and cl...

Talk- Knowledge management in environmental issues: What do we do with what we know?

Talk- Knowledge management in environmental issues: What do we do with what we know?

The main challenge in solving environmental problems is knowledge management, not the absence of kno...

Stockholm Resilience Center expert facilitates workshop for basin commissions at SARAS

Stockholm Resilience Center expert facilitates workshop for basin commissions at SARAS

..... A workshop on Instruments for Water Co-management: network methodology tools was conducte...

Official Swedish delegation meets in SARAS to expand lines of academic cooperation

Official Swedish delegation meets in SARAS to expand lines of academic cooperation

On Tuesday, May 2, the SARAS Institute had the honour of receiving the visit of the Swedish Minister...

Compilation summarizes 16 climate change research projects in Latin America

Compilation summarizes 16 climate change research projects in Latin America

The implementation of initiatives to address climate change issues is often undermined by the lack o...

Anthology of Environmental Poetry of SARAS with Significant Acceptance in the United States

Anthology of Environmental Poetry of SARAS with Significant Acceptance in the United States

In March, 2015, SARAS Board Member and current SARAS co-director Professor Laurie Beth Clark asked A...

SARAS Executive Director, Dr Marten Scheffer, receives The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology

SARAS Executive Director, Dr Marten Scheffer, receives The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology

....... Dr. Marten Scheffer has been distinguished by The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awa...

Prize for Sustainability and Resilience in the Framework of the 13th National Science Club Fair

Prize for Sustainability and Resilience in the Framework of the 13th National Science Club Fair

Since 2012, the SARAS Institute has participated in the National Science Club Fair organized by the...

CONFERENCES

SARAS organizes a series of annual symposia with prominent scientists, artists and scholars on resilience and sustainability issues, including natural science, social science and humanities.
The symposia include discussion workshops and a series of public lectures. The symposia also aim at creating networks that will endure over time. Until 2016, the symposia were:
2010

Freshwater futures.


The purpose of this meeting was to produce a first map of emerging issues regarding water in the region, and facilitate the formation of cooperation networks related to freshwater management in South America.

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2011

Coastal Fisheries


The purpose of this meeting was to facilitate the formation of cooperation networks related to artisanal fisheries in Latin America. The meeting discussed critical aspects of this sector`s dynamics adn factors that condition the sustainability and resilience capacity.


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2012

Critical Transitions.


The purpose of this meeting was to facilitate the creation of cooperation networks related to forests and grasslands in Latin America and the rest of the world.

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2013

Education for uncertainty.


Unrevelling the fundamental aspects of reality and understand the reality of our abstractions are part of the daily work of art and science.

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2014

Imagining resilience: Art-science collaboration for sustainability.


This year's workshop and Conference are organized by Steve Carpenter (USA), Laurie Beth Clark (USA), and Pablo Marquet (Chile). The workshop will be attended by about 30 people and will focus on the opportunities and challenges emerging from the encounter between disciplines that have been historically separate. The public conference will endeavour to integrate these perspectives with other regional and national stakeholders.

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2016

Seeking sustainable pathways for land use in Latin America.


Natural resources and ecosystems are under increasing pressure as human demands for food, water, fiber, and energy expand in an accelerating pace. In response, the allocation of resource and in particular land has been shifting along with agricultural systems of production. These changes have the potential to lead to profound changes on the functioning of ecosystems, as well as the services they can provide.

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Key Concepts

Resilience

Resilience

The concept of resilience was originally introduced by Holling (1973) as a concept for understanding...

Adaptive cycles and Panarchy

Adaptive cycles and Panarchy

The origin of the adaptive cycles’ model derives from the comparative study of ecosystem dynam...

Alternative regimes

Alternative regimes

Systems can change their properties depending on external or internal controls, in linear or nonline...

Rigidity or poverty traps

Rigidity or poverty traps

Poverty and rigidity traps are configurations that control the evolution of adaptive cycles and SES...


MEET OUR TEAM

Marten Scheffer

Director

Marten Scheffer

Director


Leads the group on Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management at Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
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Laurie Beth Clark

Co-Director

Laurie Beth Clark

Co-Director


Professor in the Department of Art of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1985 where she teaches Video, Performance and Installations...
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Néstor Mazzeo Beyhaut

Executive Director:

Néstor Mazzeo Beyhaut

Executive Director:


Has a degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Sciences. He teaches at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Ecology of Eastern Region University Centre (CURE)...
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Jorge Marcone

Advisory Board member

Jorge Marcone

Advisory Board member


Associate Professor, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, and a Core Faculty Member in the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
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Pablo A. Marquet

Advisory Board member

Pablo A. Marquet

Advisory Board member


Full Professor in the Department of Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; PhD in Biology, University of New Mexico, USA (1993)...
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Eduardo Viola

Advisory Board member

Eduardo Viola

Advisory Board member


Full Professor of International Relations, University of Brasilia, since 1993 and Senior Researcher of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ) since 1986...
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Mariana Meerhoff

Advisory Board member

Mariana Meerhoff

Advisory Board member


Associate professor and researcher at the Eastern Region University Centre (CURE) and the School of Science, University of the Republic (UdelaR)...
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Patricia Balvanera

Advisory Board member

Patricia Balvanera

Advisory Board member


Patricia Balvanera is a professor at the Institute of Ecosystems and Sustainability Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIES-UNAM).
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Matilda Baraibar

Advisory Board member

Matilda Baraibar

Advisory Board member


Applies an historically informed political economy approach to contemporary agro-food globalization and agrarian change
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Esteban Jobbagy

Advisory Board member

Esteban Jobbagy

Advisory Board member


For a long time interested on how plants modify the abiotic world, has established a team of researchers focused on groundwater-ecosystem coupling
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Jesse Kercheval

Advisory Board member

Jesse Kercheval

Advisory Board member


Jesse Lee Kercheval (B.A. Florida State University, MFA University of Iowa) is the Zona Gale Professor of English as well as the Loren and Marjorie ...

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Henrik Österblom

Advisory Board member

Henrik Österblom

Advisory Board member


Focus on governance of marine social-ecological systems, including transnational seafood corporations, fisheries and marine ecosystem based management, trophic cascades and seabirds.
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Ricardo Ehrlich

Advisory Board member

Ricardo Ehrlich

Advisory Board member


Docteur-ès-Sciences, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (1979). Professor of Biochemistry, School of Sciences, Uruguay
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Cristina Zurbriggen

Advisory Board member

Cristina Zurbriggen

Advisory Board member


Cristina Zurbriggen is a PhD in Political Science, Eberhard–Karks University, Tubingen, Germany.  She is currently a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Republic (Uruguay).
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Matias Piaggio

Executive Board

Matias Piaggio

Executive Board


Matías Piaggio is Research Fellow of the Environment and Development - Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (EfD - CATIE) and Associate Professor at Professor at the Universidad de la República (Uruguay, on leave).
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Juan Rocha

Executive Board

Juan Rocha

Executive Board


Juan's research questions are oriented towards understanding emergent patterns, from critical transitions in ecological systems to collective action in society.
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Jordi Bascompte

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Jordi Bascompte

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Obtained a PhD in Biology by the University of Barcelona, Spain (1994), supervised by Ricard V. Solé.
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Steve Carpenter

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Steve Carpenter

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Focuses its work on ecosystem experiments and adaptive management of inland aquatic ecosystems...
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Carl Folke

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Carl Folke

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Scientific Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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Ana Parma

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Ana Parma

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Expert in fisheries modelling, assessment and management. Her main research interest is the development of stock assessment methods and strong data collection strategies.
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Osvaldo Sala

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Osvaldo Sala

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Julie A. Wrigley and Foundation Professor at Arizona State University. His focus is on working with scenarios as a way to simplify...
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Frances Westley

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Frances Westley

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Joined the University of Waterloo as the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation in July 2007...
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Interesting Sites

Resilience Alliance (EEUU)

Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Sweden)

Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden)

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About Saras

The South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS) is an emerging transdisciplinary institute designed to generate critical insights allowing South America to build sustainable futures. It seeks integration across a broad range of knowledge using innovative approaches and integrating social and natural sciences, mathematics and arts.

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