|| Maria Tengö is a researcher in Sustainability Science, with extensive experience of inter- and transdisciplinary research applying a social-ecological systems and resilience perspective. She is based at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm University, and leads the research stream on Biosphere Stewardship. Her work has focused on the role of indigenous and local knowledge, management practices and governance in complex social-ecological systems – based on empirical research in local communities in Tanzania, Madagascar, South Africa, India, and Sweden. Since 2011, Maria has been collaborating closely with SwedBio, a science-policy-practice interface based at the SRC, in an on-going dialogue process bringing together representatives from indigenous, local and scientific knowledge to develop theory, tools and approaches for weaving knowledge systems for sustainability. In particular the target has been the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and the challenges of synthesizing knowledge across knowledge systems in ways that are equal, transparent, and useful for all actors involved. The developing Multiple Evidence Base approach has been influential in the policy and practice sphere, including in IPBES, as well as within academia.
Her background is in Ecology, Systems Ecology and Natural Resource Management, and she was a postdoctoral fellow in Geography at McGill University. Tengö is involved in graduate and post-graduate education to train new generations of leaders for transdisciplinary research for sustainability, including in the Robert Bosch' Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership.