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Anthropocene analyst and science writer., Stockholm University

Owen Gaffney is an Anthropocene analyst, communicator, writer, editor and scholar. He is based at Stockholm Resilience Centre and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Berlin. He is co-founder Future Earth Media Lab and on the editorial board of Anthropocene Magazine.

For a decade, Owen has worked in Earth system science research and communication as a writer, editor and policy analyst. His work focuses on understanding, communicating and visualizing humanity's impact on the planet through concepts such as the Anthropocene and planetary boundaries. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, BBC, Science and Nature. His visualisations with Felix Pharand Deschenes have been shown at the UN Rio+20 Summit and the World Economic Forum, Davos.

Twitter @owengaffney


Anthropocene Review. The Anthropocene Equation

Nature. Scientists must have a say in the future of cities

Earth's Future. The world's biggest gamble: Zero Carbon Roadmap key for < 2 C limit

IIASA. Global Commons in the Anthropocene: World Development on a Stable and Resilient Planet

Sustainability Science. Integration: the key to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Anthropocene. International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Earth system science: Three decades of co-evolution


The Anthropocene Review. The trajectory of the Anthropocene: The Great Acceleration

Ecology and Society. An integrated framework for Sustainable Development Goals

Nature. Quiet green revolution starts to make some noise

Nature. Sustainable Development Goals for People and Planet


  • –present
    Writer, director of international media and strategy, Stockholm University


  • 1991 
    University of Southampton, Aeronautic and Astronautic Engineering