Identifying components of social-ecological resilience: The role of local knowledge and social networks in constructing values and incentives for management of ecosystem services

Project leader

Funding source

Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 1566000 SEK


A pressing challenge today is finding ways to sustain the provision of ecosystem services vital for human well being. Recent findings show that ecosystem resilience creates and underpins the value of these services, directly affecting the well-being of societies dependent on them. Ecosystem values are determined by their ability to provide sustained flows of services. They are also determined by the mental models people have of themselves in relation to natural resources and the perceived importance of links between their own well-being and the state of the natural environment. This in turn affects governance structures in place to manage ecosystems. I address these issues through three linked research topics; i) identifying sources of resilience of social-ecological systems under changing conditions; i.e. the factors that enable societies to derive multiple ecosystem services essential for human well-being in times of environmental change, ii) identifying processes behind the construction of values related to ecosystem services, how these values are constructed over time and how they influence governance and management, and iii) by studying dynamic social network typologies in resource management over time and how changes in network structure affect the capacity of the management system to endure during critical times of change. I use quantitative and qualitative methods from the social sciences addressing both applied (empirical data) as well as more theoretical issues.

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