Dealing with rapid and slow changes: the role of modularity and connectivity in social-ecological systems

Project leader

Funding source

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

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2009
End date: 31/12/2011
Funding: 7290000 SEK


The project focus on how we may reduce failure in management of natural resources under scenarios of slow vs. rapid change. To find robust solutions we will develop tools and concepts based on recent advances in ecological and sociological network theory. We stand at the edge of a breakthrough in doing integrated analyses and several researchers at SU, who also are part of this proposal, have recently contributed to important theoretical and applied innovations However, we will go much further than just building an integrated social-ecological network theory. We will also test the theory in relation to processes of slow and fast change which represent an exciting and new arena of research with far-reaching implications for policy and management of ecosystems and natural resources. We focus on modelling and empirical analyses of the concepts modularity and connectivity. So far these concepts have not been applied to linked social-ecological systems. We will test the following hypotheses 1) when dealing with slow change (climate change), connectivity in a social-ecological system should be maintained at low to intermediate levels while modularity may be high to intermediate. 2) when dealing with a rapid change (urbanization)connectivity should be high to intermediate while modularity may be low to intermediate. The project will link to the Stockholm Resilience Centre and jointly we will build capacity at a new Landscape lab for advanced spatial network analyses.

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