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Meacham, M., Norström, A. V., Peterson, G. D., Andersson, E., Bennett, E.M., Biggs, O., Crouzat, E., Cord, A. F., Enfors, E., Felipe-Lucia, M. R., Fischer, J., Hamann, M., Hanspach, J., Hicks, C., Jacobs, S., Lavorel, S., Locatelli, B., Martín-López, B., Plieninger, T., Queiroz, C. 2022. Advancing research on ecosystem service bundles for comparative assessments and synthesis. Ecosystems and People. https://doi.org/10.1080/26395916.2022.2032356
Social-ecological interactions have been shown to generate interrelated and reoccurring sets of ecosystem services, also known as ecosystem service bundles. Given the potential utility of the bundles concept, along with the recent surge in interest it is timely to reflect on the concept, its current use and potential for the future. Based on our ecosystem service bundle experience, expertise, and ecosystem service bundle analy...
Chapin, F., Weber, E., Bennett, E., Biggs, R., van den Bergh, J., Adger, W., Crépin, A., Polasky, S., Folke, C., Scheffer, M., Segerson, K., Anderies, J., Barrett, S., Cardenas, J., Carpenter, S., Fischer, J., Kautsky, N., Levin, S., Shogren, J., Walker, B., Wilen, J., de Zeeuw, A.. 2022. Earth stewardship: Shaping a sustainable future through interacting policy and norm shifts. Ambio 51, 1907–1920 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-022-01721-3
Transformation toward a sustainable future requires an earth stewardship approach to shift society from its current goal of increasing material wealth to a vision of sustaining built, natural, human, and social capital—equitably distributed across society, within and among nations. Widespread concern about earth’s current trajectory and support for actions that would foster more sustainable pathways suggests potential social ...
Preiser, R., Schlüter, M., Biggs, R., García, M.M., Haider, J., Hertz, T. & Klein, L. 2021. Complexity-based social-ecological systems research: philosophical foundations and practical implications. In: Biggs et al. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 27–46.
This chapter is part of The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems which provides a synthetic guide to the range of methods that can be employed in social-ecological systems (SES) research. The book is primarily targeted at graduate students, lecturers and researchers working on SES, and has been written in a style that is accessible to readers entering the field from a variety of different disci...
Biggs, R., Clements, H., de Vos, A., Folke, C., Manyani, A., Maciejewski, K., Martín-López, B., Preiser, R., Selomane, O. & Schlüter, M. 2021. What are social-ecological systems and social-ecological systems research? In: Biggs et al. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems, Taylor & Francis Group, pp 3–26.
Biggs, R., de Vos, A., Preiser, R., Clements, H., Maciejewski, K. & Schlüter, M. 2021. The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems, Taylor & Francis Group.
The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems provides a synthetic guide to the range of methods that can be employed in social-ecological systems (SES) research. The book is primarily targeted at graduate students, lecturers and researchers working on SES, and has been written in a style that is accessible to readers entering the field from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds. Each chap...
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Preiser, R., Biggs, R., Hamann, M., Sitas, N., Selomane, O., Waddell, J., Clements, H. & Hichert, T. 2021. Co-exploring relational heuristics for sustainability transitions towards more resilient and just Anthropocene futures. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 38(5, SI), 625–634.
In this paper, four relational heuristic responses for exploring new modes of engagement, or patterns of activity, that could enliven humanity's efforts in fostering systemic thinking and action to inform sustainability transitions are offered. Their purpose is to realise more resilient and just Anthropocene futures. These relational heuristics are (1) re-patterning our theories of change-making, (2) cultivating a shared futur...
Schneider, F., Tribaldos, T., Adler, C., Biggs, R., de Bremond, A., et.al. 2021. Co-production of knowledge and sustainability transformations: a strategic compass for global research networks. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 49, April 2021, Pages 127-142
An increasing number of voices highlight the need for science itself to transform and to engage in the co-production of knowledge and action, in order to enable the fundamental transformations needed to advance towards sustainable futures. But how can global sustainability-oriented research networks engage in co-production of knowledge and action? The present article introduces a strategic tool called the ‘network compass’ wh...
Bennett, E.M., Biggs, R., Peterson, G.D., Gordon, L.J. 2021. Patchwork Earth: navigating pathways to just, thriving, and sustainable futures. One Earth, Vol. 4, Issue 2, pp 172-176, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.01.004
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Achieng, T., Maciejewski, K., Dyer, M. and Biggs, R., 2020. Using a Social-ecological Regime Shift Approach to Understand the Transition from Livestock to Game Farming in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Land, 9(4), p.97.
This study explored the shift in land use from livestock farming to game farming in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, from a social-ecological regime shift perspective. A regime shift can be defined as a large, persistent change in the structure and function of the intertwined social and ecological components of a landscape. This research focused on the Amakhala game reserve as a case study to understand how the shift affected t...
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