Mike Jones trained as a wildlife ecologist in Zimbabwe, worked for the Zimbabwe government in wildlife conservation and protected areas management for 25 years before entering a second second career working with farmers, fishermen and foresters to develop livelihoods based on natural resource management. Much of this work involved the integration of wildlife production as an additional form of land use alongside conventional livestock and crop production.
Mike moved to Sweden in 2009 as a resilience practitioner where he occupied an unpaid position at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, developing networks of practitioners willing to experiment with the application of resilience science to natural resource stewardship. With its holistic view of nature in the context of complex adaptive systems, models based on resilience theory provide a new and more useful way of understanding and managing change in living systems than previous approaches based on linear models aimed at maximum sustainable yield. Mike has developed resilience practitioner networks in the International Association of Impact Assessors, leads a Resilience Task Force in IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management, and is a visiting scholar at the Wallowa Mountain Institute in Oregon US, where he works as a facilitator and resilience coach with a variety of agricultural universities and land management agencies.
Mike is currently based at the Swedish Biodiversity Centre in Uppsala where he is: facilitating strategy development; building links for international collaborative research; developing an interdisciplinary network of scientists with an interest in the resilience of food systems; and creating resilience short courses for natural resource management professionals. Mike’s research work is focused on the synthesis of scientific papers for policy audiences.