Social-Ecological Networks – an emerging transdisciplinary approach to study social-ecological systems

Örjan Bodin, Stockholm Resilience Centre
The network perspective is increasingly put forth as an analytical framework well suited to studying complex social-ecological systems. The underlying rationale is that the network approach as such is generic and allows the research to model any kind of systems as consisting of separated but interlinked components of different kinds. Hence, integrated social-ecological systems could be analyzed as social–ecological networks where interdependent ecological entities (e.g. species and habitat patches) and social entities (e.g. users, managers, agencies and NGOs) could be simultaneously incorporated in a common systems model. The last few years a number of studies have been conducted drawing on a social-ecological network approach. In this talk I will present some of these recent developments of this emerging line of research. I will demonstrate how a social-ecological network approach has been used to analyze complex patterns of actor/resource interdependencies in a small artisanal fishery in east Africa; the governance of fragmented forest patches in a rural agricultural landscape in Madagascar and in a large-scale biodiversity conservation initiative in Australia; and in land use planning of wetlands in the Stockholm County in Sweden.
March, 28 2016 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | 270 Gross Hall

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