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How do human pressures affect protected area effectiveness in western Tanzania?

Across the globe, human-induced pressures are in large part causing losses in biodiversity. Protected areas (PAs) are key conservation tools, but in the face of biodiversity loss their ecological effectiveness is increasingly contested. In East Africa, there are wide and varying PA networks, yet some of these have faced severe declines in large mammal populationsContinue reading “How do human pressures affect protected area effectiveness in western Tanzania?”

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Marine spatial planning in the EU: How can we benefit from the integration of different knowledges, communities, and visioning tools?

Marine spaces today face a barrage of challenges, such as climate change, exploitation through natural resource use, and pollution. To regulate the different key interest groups access and use of sea spaces, maritime spatial planning has emerged. Member states of the European Union were required to establish their maritime spatial plans in March 2021, followingContinue reading “Marine spatial planning in the EU: How can we benefit from the integration of different knowledges, communities, and visioning tools?”

How, where, and by whom is sustainable development research knowledge used to produce transformations? Investigating transdisciplinary co-creation to improve uptake of knowledge.

To tackle the global issues that we face today, scientific research across disciplines is needed. Scientific research creates the necessary knowledge, practices, and innovations that can support sustainable development. Yet often research is not utilised by society in the ways it could be, which has been the focus of scientific communication efforts and transdisciplinary researchContinue reading “How, where, and by whom is sustainable development research knowledge used to produce transformations? Investigating transdisciplinary co-creation to improve uptake of knowledge.”

Introducing the LEVERAGE project: Considering circular economy from a leverage points perspective in Finland

With the growing recognition and adoption of the leverage points perspective in sustainability discourse, places in the system to intervene to improve the sustainability of global systems are increasingly being recognized. While this approach has been broadly explored in research, it’s implementation in projects with real-world outcomes is relatively new. Therefore, the LEVERAGE project by theContinue reading “Introducing the LEVERAGE project: Considering circular economy from a leverage points perspective in Finland”

How can we build inclusive and sustainable futures for all? Disabled populations and climate and environmental change

Climate and environmental change already have grave and disproportionate impacts on disabled populations, yet these are projected to increase. This constitutes a challenge for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were created to mitigate these changes. Data on climate and environmental change impacts on disabled populations is extremely lacking, despite being the largest marginalizedContinue reading “How can we build inclusive and sustainable futures for all? Disabled populations and climate and environmental change”

Fostering comparative studies on social-ecological systems through the exploration of ecosystem bundles

Ecosystem services are the services and benefits we receive from the social-ecological systems around us, and research on this has been increasing in recent years. Ecosystem services have been observed within social-ecological interactions, and when these are interrelated and reoccurring, they can make up ecosystem service bundles. These bundles could be utilized in research andContinue reading “Fostering comparative studies on social-ecological systems through the exploration of ecosystem bundles”

Postdoc: Social Science/Social Ecology

Note: Below is a job ad (please help to distribute it)! Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Loos and Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López are looking for a Postdoc to join the Grassworks project research team. The position is aimed towards ambitious candidates with experience in and a passion for social-ecological research and the chance to co-supervise fieldwork andContinue reading “Postdoc: Social Science/Social Ecology”

Comparing social-ecological systems using the leverage points perspective: A case study of rural landscapes in Ethiopia, Romania, and Australia

As exemplified by the recent IPCC Report, we are experiencing unprecedented global change, and rapid changes in social-ecological systems. In their recent paper, Fischer et al. (2022) used a leverage points perspective to compare three rural landscapes and their system properties at different levels of depth, all of which had been previously studied by theContinue reading “Comparing social-ecological systems using the leverage points perspective: A case study of rural landscapes in Ethiopia, Romania, and Australia”

Monitoring global progress towards sustainability through essential ecosystem service variables.

Ecosystems today face numerous challenges and pressures, which affect how we relate to them and the benefits that humans can reap from them. The benefits that people receive from nature are called ecosystem services, and these are increasingly recognized as important to social-ecological systems. Despite a greater understanding of the benefits from ecosystems emerging inContinue reading “Monitoring global progress towards sustainability through essential ecosystem service variables.”

Introducing PATHGRASS: Exploring human-nature connectedness and cultural ecosystem services in coastal seagrass ecosystems.

Coastal systems face many pressures from human activities and climate change, which affects their functioning, the ecosystem services they can provide and especially their contributions to people. These contributions are often recognised better in terrestrial ecosystems than they are in marine systems, and research progress in this area has been slow, especially regarding cultural services.Continue reading “Introducing PATHGRASS: Exploring human-nature connectedness and cultural ecosystem services in coastal seagrass ecosystems.”