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Schlüter, M., L. J. Haider, S. J. Lade, E. Lindkvist, R. Martin, K. Orach, N. Wijermans, and C. Folke. 2019. Capturing emergent phenomena in social-ecological systems: an analytical framework. Ecology and Society 24(3):11.https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-11012-240311
Social-ecological systems (SES) are complex adaptive systems. Social-ecological system phenomena, such as regime shifts, transformations, or traps, emerge from interactions among and between human and nonhuman entities within and across scales. Analyses of SES phenomena thus require approaches that can account for (1) the intertwinedness of social and ecological processes and (2) the ways they jointly give rise to emergent so...
Ringsmuth, A.K., Lade, S.J., Schlüter, M. 2019. Cross-scale cooperation enables sustainable use of a common-pool resource. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286 Proc. R. Soc. B
In social-ecological systems (SESs), social and biophysical dynamics interact within and between the levels of organization at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Cross-scale interactions (CSIs) are interdependences between processes at different scales, generating behaviour unpredictable at single scales. Understanding CSIs is important for improving SES governance, but they remain understudied. Theoretical models are neede...
Lago, M., Boteler, B., Rouillard, J., Abhold, K. et.al. 2019. Introducing the H2020 AQUACROSS project: Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies. Science of The Total Environment, Volume 652, 20 February 2019, Pages 320-329
The AQUACROSS project was an unprecedented effort to unify policy concepts, knowledge, and management of freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems to support the cost-effective achievement of the targets set by the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. AQUACROSS aimed to support EU efforts to enhance the resilience and stop the loss of biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems as well as to ensure the ongoing and future provision of aqu...
Lippe, M., Bithell, M., Gotts, N., Natalini, D., Barbrook-Johnson, P., et.al. 2019. Using agent-based modelling to simulate social-ecological systems across scales. GeoInformatica, April 2019, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 269–29
Agent-based modelling (ABM) simulates Social-Ecological-Systems (SESs) based on the decision-making and actions of individual actors or actor groups, their interactions with each other, and with ecosystems. Many ABM studies have focused at the scale of villages, rural landscapes, towns or cities. When considering a geographical, spatially-explicit domain, current ABM architecture is generally not easily translatable to a regio...
Mancilla Garcia, M., Hertz, T., Schlüter, M. 2019. Towards a process epistemology for the analysis of social-ecological systems. Environmental Values. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3197/096327119X15579936382608
This paper proposes an epistemological approach to analyse social-ecological systems from a process perspective in order to better tackle the co-constitution of the social and the ecological and the dynamism of these systems. It highlights the usefulness of rethinking our conceptual tools taking processes and relations as the main constituents of reality instead of fundamental substances or essences. We introduce the concept o...
Schlüter, M., B. Müller, and K. Frank. 2019. The potential of models and modeling for social-ecological systems research: the reference frame ModSES. Ecology and Society 24(1):31.https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10716-240131
Dynamic models have long been a common tool to support management of ecological and economic systems and played a prominent role in the early days of resilience research. Model applications have largely focused on policy assessment, the development of optimal management strategies, or analysis of system stability. However, modeling can serve many other purposes such as understanding system responses that emerge from complex i...
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Elsler, L.G., Drohan, S.D., Schlüter, M., Watson, J.R., Levin, S.A. 2018. Local, Global, Multi-Level: Market Structure and Multi-Species Fishery Dynamics. Ecological EconomicsVolume 156, February 2019, Pages 185-19, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.09.008
Price and market structures in fisheries change rapidly, now 40% of seafood is traded internationally and are associated with overharvesting of marine species. We have developed a bio-economic fishery model to address the pressing need of managing the interplay of different markets. We first regard local, multi-level and global markets individually and then analyze the effect of transitioning between markets on the exploitatio...
Meyfroidt, P.,Chowdhury, R.R., de Bremond, A., E.C.Ellis, E.C., Erb, K-H., Filatova, T., Garrett, D. et. al. 2018. Middle-range theories of land system change. Global Environmental Change Volume 53, November 2018, Pages 52-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.08.006
Changes in land systems generate many sustainability challenges. Identifying more sustainable land-use alternatives requires solid theoretical foundations on the causes of land-use/cover changes. Land system science is a maturing field that has produced a wealth of methodological innovations and empirical observations on land-cover and land-use change , from patterns and processes to causes. We take stock of this knowledge b...
Haider, J., L., Neusel, B., Peterson, G.,D., Schlüter, M. 2018. Past management affects success of current joint forestry management institutions in Tajikistan. Environ Dev Sustain, 9 March. DOI: 10.1007/s10668-018-0132-0
In the Pamir Mountains of Eastern Tajikistan, the clearance of mountain forests to provide fuelwood for an increasing population is a major source of environmental degradation. International development organisations have implemented joint forestry management institutions to help restore once-forested mountainous regions, but the success of these institutions has been highly variable. This study uses a multi-method approach, d...
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Haider, J.L., Boonstra, W.B., Peterson, G.D, Schlüter, M. 2017. Traps and sustainable development in rural areas: A review. World Development Volume 101, January 2018, Pages 311-321. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.05.038
The concept of a poverty trap—commonly understood as a self-reinforcing situation beneath an asset threshold—has been very influential in describing the persistence of poverty and the relationship between poverty and sustainability. Although traps, and the dynamics that lead to traps, are defined and used differently in different disciplines, the concept of a poverty trap has been most powerfully shaped by work in development ...
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