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Approaches for Studying Social-Ecological Systems"*

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****Deadline for submitting abstracts is Feb 1****

*Session title*: *Network Approaches for Studying Social-Ecological Systems*

*Organizers*: Michele L Barnes (James Cook University), Lorien Jasny
(University of Exeter), Jesse Sayles (US Environmental Protection Agency),
and Matt Hamilton (Ohio State University)

*Session Description*: Humans and ecosystems are fundamentally linked:
humans rely on ecosystem goods and services to support human well-being,
and human behavior affects ecosystems through actions such as resource use
and environmental management. Solving environmental problems requires a
deep understanding of these social-ecological linkages; yet, these
relationships are difficult to study empirically because they are complex
and occur across time, space, and multiple levels of both societal and
ecological organization. Network approaches offer a promising way forward,
offering theories, tools, and frameworks that can help to identify
multilevel and dynamic relationships that are important for driving
social-ecological system behavior. The purpose of this session is to bring
together recent theoretical and empirical insights from research on
social-ecological network approaches – defined here as a broad array of
network approaches applied to, or informed by, studying coupled
social-ecological systems -- to 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 environmental governance systems, social-ecological system
dynamics, and social and ecological outcomes. Presenters will also be asked
to (1) reflect on current limitations in operationalizing and analyzing
social-ecological networks and potential solutions for addressing these
challenges in future research, and (2) briefly discuss key gaps in our
theoretical understanding of social-ecological network dynamics and the
future potential of social-ecological network approaches for environmental
problem solving.

Michele L. Barnes
ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow
Senior Research Fellow, People and Ecosystems Program
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

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