Published in July 2021, The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems, will be of great interest to students, lecturers and researchers working on SES. The highly anticipated book has been in development for several years, engaging 97 authors from across the globe and a team of editors who are leading experts in the field.
The long overdue handbook provides an introduction to SES research that includes its complexity-based foundations, before moving on to systematically present twenty-eight chapters of research methods specifically used in SES research under four main headings: Methods for data generation and systems scoping, Methods for knowledge co-production and effecting system change, Methods of analyzing systems - system components and linkages, Methods for anlysing systems - system dynamics. A final chapter offers a synthesis and looks toward emerging frontiers in SES research methods.
An open-access pdf version of the handbook is available for free and can be downloaded at: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003021339.
Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, who edited the book along with Alta de Vos, Rika Preiser, Hayley Clements, Kristine Maciejewski, and Maja Schlüter, presents an introduction to the handbook here on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZJBtBFLUew.
The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems. Edited by Reinette Biggs, Alta de Vos, Rika Preiser, Hayley Clements, Kristine Maciejewski, and Maja Schlüter. 2022. Routledge, New York, NY.
Keywords: social-ecological systems, methods, handbook, research guide, sustainability science