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Please consider submitting your abstract to our special session on "Network Approaches for Studying Social-Ecological Systems"

Abstracts can be submitted at https://www.fourwav.es/view/717/submission/

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

Session titleNetwork Approaches for Studying Social-Ecological Systems


OrganizersMichele 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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