Dr Steven Lade


BSc(Hons)/BE(Hons) at Monash University

PhD in physics at ANU

Postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany

Researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden

Research interests

Resilience is the ability of individuals, technological systems, ecosystems, societies, etc. to deal with short-term shocks and long-term stressors. I take a complex systems approach to studying the resilience of systems of humans and nature, integrating mathematical methods and concepts from my background in theoretical physics with knowledge and approaches from other disciplines. I use these tools in a broad range of intensive interdisciplinary collaborations on topics including water resources, Earth system science, climate change, biodiversity loss, fisheries, poverty and agriculture. My ambition is to become a world leader in research and teaching on the resilience of social-ecological systems and the use of complex systems methods to understand resilience.


Areas of expertise

  • Simulation And Modelling
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development
  • Other Earth Sciences

Researcher's projects

Earth Commission - Earth system targets for a safe and just future

ARC Future Fellowship - Advancing resilience theory and practice for water resource management

The futures of reef services in the Anthropocene (REEF-FUTURES)

The Economics of Planetary Boundaries

Science in action: intersecting pathways to the SDGs across scales in the drylands (XPaths)


Available student projects

I have several available projects within resilience theory, Earth system science, social-ecological modelling, resilience of water resources, economics of planetary boundaries, dynamical systems modelling. Contact me and we can talk!


Past student projects

Bifurcation delay

Sustainable transport in Canberra

Dynamical modelling of mangrove ecosystems


See my profile on Google Scholar.

  • Regime shifts
  • Dynamical systems
  • Complex systems
  • Earth system science

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