About us

The team behind Wayfinder

We are an international group of resilience experts, from Stockholm Resilience Centre, Resilience Alliance and the Australian Resilience Centre, committed to translating resilience science into practical approaches for navigating towards a more sustainable, safe and just future. For the past 15 years, we have been working with resilience assessment approaches, in a variety of contexts around the world.

Recent advances in resilience science combined with a growing appreciation of rapid and complex change in the Anthropocene, make the time ripe for a new and updated approach to resilience assessment, planning and action that specifically targets the challenge of sustainable development in the 21st century. Stewards, managers and policymakers of social-ecological systems around the world struggle to find pathways towards a more sustainable future. This has led to a growing demand for resilience-based development approaches. At the same time, resilience science has made many important advances, which helps us understand the complex and intertwined world we live in today, but requires that a more direct link between theory and practice be established.

We saw an opportunity to contribute to guidance on navigating change and started the Wayfinder project in 2016, as part of the GRAID programme at SRC. Over the following two years we developed Wayfinder in a collaborative process that involved small brainstorming workshops between core team members, a pilot project in Senegal, and larger practitioner workshops that we organized to draw out the latest insights from the resilience practice frontier. Wayfinder was launched on September 12th, 2018.


Dr. Elin Enfors-Kautsky
Researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Project leader Wayfinder

Elin is a researcher at Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University. She is passionate about translating her knowledge of the sustainability science frontier into practical tools and approaches that can contribute to changing society for the better. She took the initiative to the Wayfinder project, and has over the past two-years led its development, being a core member of the writing team. Elin’s research interest concerns pathways to transformative change, focusing on the role of innovation for supporting multi-functional landscapes and human wellbeing in concert.


Allyson Quinlan
Senior Research Fellow, Resilience Alliance, Wayfinder core team

Allyson is a senior research fellow at the Resilience Alliance (RA), always on the lookout for novel methods in resilience practice. She is a core member of the Wayfinder writing team. Allyson has led resilience assessment projects in a range of systems around the world, and has contributed to a number of collaborative initiatives, such as developing the RA’s resilience assessment workbook for practitioners, developing education resources and field course instructions for resilience practice, and leading community engagement and future scenario processes.


Paul Ryan
Director of the Australian Resilience Centre, Wayfinder core team

Paul is passionate about working with people to create a future that is fair, just and sustainable. He is a core member of the Wayfinder writing team. Paul is a world-leading resilience practitioner, who has facilitated over 550 days of resilience-based planning, assessment and action. He is the founding Director of the Australian Resilience Centre, and in 2012 he also founded the Australian Resilience Community of Practice. He has previously worked for the Resilience Alliance, the CSIRO; Victorian state agencies and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.


Linn Järnberg
Project coordinator Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, Wayfinder core team

Linn, who currently works at Stockholm Environment Institute, was a research assistant and project coordinator for the Wayfinder project during 2016-2018. She is a core member of the Wayfinder writing team. Her primary interests lie in participatory approaches to research and development, and transformations to sustainability. Linn holds a BA degree in political science and a MSc degree in sustainability science from Stockholm Resilience Centre.



Hannah Griffiths-Berggren
Communication officer Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, Wayfinder web manager

Hannah currently works at the Stockholm Resilience Centre as a communications officer and has led the curation of the content for the Wayfinder platform. Her ambition is to make complex science as accessible and useful as possible. Hannah hold a BSc in natural resources conservation and a MSc in sustainable science from Stockholm Resilience Centre.




Contact us

Email us if you have questions about Wayfinder or if the platform isn’t working properly. Contact address: editor@wayfinder.earth


This website Wayfinder.earth, including all content, is free to use for non-commercial purposes under the Creative Commons License BY-NC-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/. We want to spread Wayfinder widely, which means that you are free to use and develop further the content here, providing that you attribute the authors (citation provided below), and providing that you only use the material in non-commercial settings, and share any potential new/remixed content under the same kind of license, so that others also can use, copy, and share the content further, without being charged. The only exceptions to this creative commons license are a few texts, illustrations, photographs and other media that are copyright and reproduced on wayfinder.earth with the permission of the copyright holder. In such cases, this is clearly marked in the byline.

Please cite Wayfinder as: Enfors-Kautsky, E., Järnberg, L., Quinlan, A, and Ryan, P. 2018. Wayfinder: a resilience guide for navigating towards sustainable futures. GRAID programme, Stockholm Resilience Center. www.wayfinder.earth


Wayfinder has been developed under the GRAID programme at Stockholm Resilience Center. GRAID, which is short for Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development”, is a programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) that aims to bridge resilience science with development practice.

The team behind Wayfinder appreciates the insightful review comments on the process guide received from Carl Folke, My Sellberg, Fredrik Moberg, Michelle Dyer, Raquibul Amin, and Frances Westley. A big thanks also to Deborah Goffner, Arthur Perrotton, Juan Carlos Rocha, Wijnand Boonstra, Tim Daw, Ida Gabrielsson, Patricia Pinho and Liz Drury O’Neill for reviewing the cases.

The video clips used in Wayfinder to illustrate specific concepts and ideas have been developed for the GRAID programme MOOC “Transforming development: the science and practice of resilience thinking”.