Dr Steven Lade

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Steve Lade is currently a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University; a research scientist at the Earth Commission, Future Earth Sweden; and an affiliate at the Fenner School. Dr Lade uses tools from complex systems to study diverse problems in sustainability, resilience and social-ecological systems. He has worked on diverse systems including Earth system science including the global carbon cycle; fisheries in the Baltic Sea; and poverty traps in developing world agriculture. He was recently awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to develop model-based tools for building the resilience of water resource systems in Australia.

  • PhD in physics at the Nonlinear Physics Centre, Australian National University
  • Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
  • Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, The Australian National University

Research interests

Complex systems provides tools with which one can analyse and understand many important problems and processes in technology, society and our natural world. Utilising my background in theoretical physics, I use mathematical methods and concepts including bifurcation analysis, stochastic dynamical systems, generalised modelling, field theory, network theory and slow-fast systems in a broad range of interdisciplinary projects. Fields of application span ecology, sociology, psychology and cell biology, and I work in collaboration with researchers from those disciplines. Recent projects include the cod fishery in the Baltic Sea; biophysical, cultural and economic dimensions of poverty traps; and feedbacks between climate change and biodiversity.

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