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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 ofContinue reading “Pacific Islander student experiences in Australian higher education.”

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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 theContinue reading “Leveraging Governance Performance to Enhance Climate Resilience”

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 heartContinue reading “Call for a Special Issue on Equity and Justice in Ecosystem Service Research”

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 innovationsContinue reading “Analyzing 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 establishedContinue reading “Deepening SES Research through a Place-Based Focus”

 Landscape products: bridging sustainable production and sustainable landscapes

Contributing to sustainability and human well-being, traditional agricultural systems can serve a multitude of functions. But current developments replace these systems with more mass-marketable substitutes, creating complex environmental, sociocultural, and economic issues. So far, solutions to these challenges have been often too commodity-focused, ignoring the non-monetary functions of the agricultural systems, and the possibility ofContinue reading ” Landscape products: bridging sustainable production and sustainable landscapes”

Discussing the relational paradigm: A review of Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López inaugural lecture

On Wednesday, the 16th November, Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López held her inaugural lecture at Leuphana University. The welcoming words by Prof. Dr. Simone Abels, vice president of the graduate school, scientific qualification and teacher education, succinctly summarized Martín-López’ contribution to the SESI and Leuphana University by quoting sincere accounts of her colleagues about her competent,Continue reading “Discussing the relational paradigm: A review of Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López inaugural lecture”

A river of emotion: Exploring the combination of sense of place theory and the ecosystem service concept

Nile, Yangtze or Rhine – rivers have always had a significant role in human history. River landscapes are complex social-ecological systems, serving as hotspots for biodiversity and certain cultural ecosystem services (CES). Nowadays, river landscapes face changes both impacting biodiversity as well as human lives. People perceive these changes differently – but there are hardlyContinue reading A river of emotion: Exploring the combination of sense of place theory and the ecosystem service concept

Invitation: Inaugural lecture by Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López

Today, we cordially invite you to the inaugural lecture by Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-Lopéz! She will look at the “Relational paradigms in place-based social-ecological research”. For all our local readers, friends & colleagues, feel free to join us at the Leuphana University in UC 40.501. The inaugural lecture will be held in a brown-bag lunchContinue reading “Invitation: Inaugural lecture by Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López”

Defining values in valuation – the IPBES assessment on diverse values of nature

The state of our planet says a lot about humankind – amongst other things, how we value our environment. The biodiversity crisis is just one outcome of our past decisions of valuing nature, and the Sustainable Development Goals are one of the more ambitious attempts to re-evaluate and change our choices to more sustainable ones.Continue reading Defining values in valuation – the IPBES assessment on diverse values of nature