The concept of social-ecological innovation has been developed by centre researchers to increase our understanding of patterns in innovation and transformation (Olsson and Galaz 2011).
Social-ecological innovation is defined as technological and social innovation - including new strategies, concepts, ideas, institutions, and organizations - that enhance the capacity of social-ecological systems to generate bundles of essential ecosystem services. These have the potential to improve the capacity to learn from, respond to, and manage environmental feedback from dynamic ecosystems.
1. Information and communications technology has an untapped potential to improve new models of governance and management of social-ecological systems.
2. Emergence and diffusion of new governance modes can reconnect institutions and social-ecological dynamics.
3. Governments around the Baltic Sea have agreed on a unique social-ecological innovation for managing transboundary pollution.
4. Substantial national investments for monitoring, control and enforcement technology have improved the governance of vulnerable marine resources in the Southern Ocean.
5. Small-scale water system innovations in sub-Saharan Africa have increased productivity and multi-functionality at landscape level.
6. The ability to seize windows of opportunity and coordinate innovation processes across scales is of crucial importance to release lock-ins and enable shifts into new trajectories.
7. Shadow networks and institutional entrepreneurs are key to designing and developing experiments and promoting innovation.
8. Experiments and “beta testing" of policy options are important when preparing for a transformation that can be implemented when an opportunity comes along.
9. There is a growing need for integrated global governance for resolving conflicts and facilitating coordination in institutionally fragmented settings.
10. Innovations in urban planning have the potential to increase flows and management of ecosystem services.
11. Disturbances and crises can create opportunities for innovations that cause radical shifts and transformations in social-ecological systems.
Research news | 2018-09-18
Why the concept of stewardship offers a platform for collaboration and dialogue between actors, even with differing perspectives
Research news | 2018-09-14
The world needs a much more ambitious work plan to halt species loss and restore biodiversity. Here are three steps to get there
Research news | 2018-09-13
Digital revolution and market forces poised to drive economic transformation away from fossil fuels, but not without the right policy mix and bold climate leadership
Research news | 2018-09-12
Centre launches new online platform for resilience assessments, representing a major innovation in resilience practice
Research news | 2018-09-06
Water and land governance need to consider effects of distant land-use change, because local land-use decisions are not as local as we have always assumed
General news | 2018-09-06
Ten of the world’s largest seafood companies announce they will increase their efforts to strengthen sustainable practices in the seafood industry