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Social-Ecological Systems


A blog by social-ecological researchers at Leuphana University

Pacific Islander student experiences in Australian higher education.

Study Abroad presents both opportunities and challenges for international students. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, international students experienced a sharp increase in their struggles while studying abroad. At the same time, the number of opportunities shrunk as the world economy shut down. In their recent publication, Pearson, McNamara, and McMichael (2022) highlight the experiences of…

Leveraging Governance Performance to Enhance Climate Resilience

The field of SES modeling has grown. In their 2022 paper, Rölfer et al. expanded SES modeling by combining a capital approach framework (CAF) with fuzzy cognitive mapping (FCM) and a subsequent leverage point analysis, thereby giving special attention to connectivity in complex systems. In other words, they present an approach to 1) measure the…

Call for a Special Issue on Equity and Justice in Ecosystem Service Research

Equity and justice are increasingly recognised as focal issues in biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and the long-term safeguarding of human well-being. This is reflected in global efforts such as the United Nations Agenda 2030 or the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity, which place equity and justice at the heart…

Analyzing Sustainable Innovations

What are the characteristics of sustainability innovations?  Which factors influence sustainability innovations and what are their specific outcomes? Dabard and Mann (2022) answer these questions in their new paper on Sustainability Innovations. A leading tenant of the sustainability movement is the belief that solving environmental issues requires both technological and holistic system changes. Sustainable innovations…

Deepening SES Research through a Place-Based Focus

A sustainable and equitable world requires strengthening the connections between people for nature on a local, regional, and international scale. The field of social-ecological systems (SES) research seeks to guide our understanding of human-nature interactions by focusing specifically on developing place-based social-ecological approaches to sustainability. The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) was established…

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