Dr Steven Lade

ARC Future Fellow at Fenner School of Environment and Society
College of Science
T: 6125 3822

Areas of expertise

  • Simulation And Modelling 080110
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development 070108
  • Other Earth Sciences 0499

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.


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 (part time since 2021)

ARC Future Fellow at ANU Fenner School (part time)


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


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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