Torres del Paine, Patagonia (2008)
Juan Carlos Rocha is a researcher working on
sustainability science. His research questions are oriented to understanding emergent patterns, from regime shifts in ecological systems to collective action in society. In the long term, his research agenda intents to answer basically two questions. First of all, which variables would indicate changes in the resilience of different social-ecological systems, or how can we systematically identify resilience surrogates?. Second, how misperceptions of feedbacks in system dynamics leads to governance misfit,  poverty and rigidity traps, market failures as well as conflicts between stakeholders? Juan believes that advancing sustainability science requires embracing the complexity of the social-ecological systems we live in. Currently Juan is  a postdoctoral researcher at Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Before joining the team at Beijer Institute, Juan earned his PhD in Sustainability Science at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where he wrote a thesis assessing global patterns of regime shifts. Juan is an ecologist by training and has worked as researcher at the Center for Development Studies at Los Andes University,  the Department of Rural Studies at Javeriana University, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Juan is also involved in outreach science initiatives such as the Regime Shifts Database, where he has been main contributor of scientific synthesis intended for policy makers and the general audience. He is an avid climber and runner.