Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs

Centre for Complex systems in Transition (CST), Stellenbosch University & Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden

Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs holds a DST/NRF South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Social-Ecological Systems and Resilience. She is co-director of the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellenbosch University, and also holds a joint appointment at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Stockholm University in Sweden. Oonsie is co-chair of the international Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) and coordinates the Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS).

Oonsie’s research aims to advance theory and understanding of complex social-ecological systems, specifically how to build resilience to deal with uncertainty, surprise and ongoing environmental and social change. A specific focus of her research are regime shifts – large, often abrupt, long-lasting changes in social-ecological systems that can have dramatic implications for human economies and societies. Through her research, Dr Biggs aims to develop practical theory, methods and insights that can ultimately contribute to facilitating transitions to more sustainable futures in Southern Africa and globally.


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