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Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the type of forest and different health variables.

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Seminar on Methodological Issues of Socio Ecological Systems Research

Date: 2019-11-20

Seminar on Methodological Issues of Socio Ecological Systems Research

Date: Wednesday, 20th of November 2019
Time: From 2:30 to 4:30pm
Venue: ICTA-UAB Room Z-033


One of the frontiers of research in natural resource governance is the integration of multiple methods into the broader social-ecological systems research program. Concerns about the applicability of the mixed-methods approach revolve around appropriate ways to collect, analyze and report empirical data so it is interoperable across methods and audiences. This seminar addresses some of those questions. 

Seminar description
In this seminar we will explore a range of methodological issues relating to the empirical, fieldwork-based analysis of commons use and governance within social-ecological systems. A core focus of the seminar is empirical case studies of social-ecological systems, in which the researchers spend time in the field with local stakeholders to understand their context and perspectives. While this a primary method used by commons scholars, there is relatively little guidance specific to the commons literature on how to conduct these case studies, or to contend with competing values scholars may face when engaging with local groups. Another core focus of the seminar is large-n studies of SES and the trade-offs between contextual accuracy and generalizability that scholars face when designing data collection instruments, or when generating the data from meta-analyses. To address these gaps and challenges, the seminar will include presentations covering the following topics:  (1) the valid and reliable measurement of important concepts within and across projects and sites in countries, (2) the identity of a social-ecological case study analysis as a distinctive method, and (3) the importance and role of non-scientific values in “mission-oriented” research that engages with local communities; and (4) the opportunities and challenges of building and maintaining large-n, publicly usable databases of SES.

The presentations will be short (5-10mts. Max.) so we have sufficient time for discussion. The discussion will be, by default, guided by the following questions: does the SES approach require a methodology of its own? How can the trade-off between SES case-based relevancy and generalizability be reconciled? How to improve interoperability of SES data across methods? 



The “reporting paradox” of case study methods in the study of SES, Sergio Villamayor-Tomas, ICTA-UAB
Partnering with Indigenous peoples in SES research. Natalie Ban, University of Victoria, Canada
Social-ecological systems monitoring of coral reef management: a transdisciplinary collaboration across four countries. Georgina Gurney, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University. 
Lessons learned from broadly comparative social-ecological research, Michael Cox, Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College 
Mainstreaming Impact Evaluation in Nature Conservation, Esteve Corbera, ICTA-UAB
Challenges in modeling small-scale social-ecological systems: from local to global cases analysis, Irene Pérez Ibarra, ARAID researcher at AgriFood Institute of Aragon-University of Zaragoza.
Quantitative story telling: challenges and opportunities, Cristina Madrid, ICTA-UAB
Technology and community monitoring, Martí Orta and Gorka Muñoa, ICTA-UAB

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