Social-ecological Systems


Multi-scale Adaptations to Global Change, Impacts on vulnerability in coastal areas (MAGIC). This Belmont Forum funded project involves assessing adaptations and perceptions of risk and vulnerability in coastal areas. Christo Fabricius is the Principal Investigator collaborating with RA node members at the South Africa node, University of Exeter, CIRAD, IRSTEA and CEFE (France) and ASU. Participating RA members include: Marty Anderies, Olivier Barreteau, Katrina Brown, Francois Bousquet, Raphael Mathevet.

Social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD). The goal of this RAYS-led project is to enable the comparison and analyses of case studies from a diversity of social-ecological systems. Led by Michael Cox with Natalie Ban, Louisa S. Evans, Irene Ibarra, Chanda Meek, Mateja Nenadovic, and Michael Schoon

Fisheries modeling project. Collaboration with the SRC on a fisheries modeling project. The aim is to understand how fisher-fishbuyer interactions shape and are shaped by the marine ecosystem. Xavier Basurto (Leader). Team members from SRC: Maja Schluter and Emilie Lindkvist.

Southern African Ecosystems and Society (SAPECS). Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) is an international, transdisciplinary research program that aims to advance stewardship of social-ecological systems and ecosystem services in southern Africa. Collaborators include: Christo Fabricius, Tally Palmer, Graeme Cumming, Harry Biggs, Oonsie Biggs and Georgina Cundill.

Arctic Resilience Report. A project of the Arctic Council, the ARR explores and analyzes Arctic resilience at multiple scales, focusing on regime shifts in Arctic social-ecological systems, adaptation and opportunities for transformation.

Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments (ACE). Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments (ACE) is an NSF-funded project integrating observations of physical, biological and social drivers of land use and land cover change to examine the adaptive capacity of three different regions of Alaska to global change. Led by Gary Kofinas and Chanda Meek.

SETER. A Comparative Research Process on Socio-Ecological Frameworks. Lead PI is Francois Bousquet. Collaborators include RA members from: Arizona state University (USA), CSIRO (Australia), and the University of Wisconsin (USA).

Sustainable poverty alleviation from coastal ecosystem services (SPACES). This project aims to better understand the links between ecosystem services (ES) and wellbeing in order to design and implement more effective interventions for poverty alleviation. It is a collaboration between researchers Tim Daw (Lead, Stockholm Resilience Centre) and Katrina Brown (University of Exeter).

Participatory Modelling Frameworks to Understand Wellbeing Trade-offs in Coastal Ecosystem Services. Understanding trade-offs in the wellbeing of poor coastal stakeholders in Kenya under different development and governance scenarios, using a novel combination of ecosystem modelling, wellbeing analysis, stakeholder analysis, scenario planning and participatory approaches. Tim Daw leads this project with Kate Brown (Exeter University) and Garry Peterson (Stockholm Resilience Centre).

Selected Publications

Basurto, X., S. Gelcich and E. Ostrom. 2013. The Social-Ecological System Framework as a Knowledge Classificatory System for Benthic Small-Scale Fisheries. Global Environmental Change 23(6):1366-1380.

Schlüter, M., J. Hinkel, P.W.G. Bots, and R. Arlinghaus. 2014. Application of the SES framework for model-based analysis of the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 19(1):36.

Keywords: social-ecological systems, modeling, SES, integrated systems, human-environment interactions