Session title: Network Approaches for Environmental Governance
Michele L Barnes (session chair)
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia
Jesse Sayles (co-organizer)
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Session Description: Network approaches for analyzing issues in environmental governance have gained significant ground over the past 10 years. The purpose of this session is to bring together recent insights in this field, draw attention to critical gaps, and highlight future potential. Drawing on a variety of examples from both terrestrial and marine systems, this session will demonstrate the theoretical and empirical utility of network approaches for understanding multi-level governance systems, social-ecological system dynamics, and environmental outcomes. Presenters will also be asked to (1) highlight critical challenges associated with adopting this approach and propose potential solutions for addressing them, and (2) briefly discuss key gaps and the future potential of network approaches for environmental problem solving.