Socio-Environmental Systems (SES) Research

What have we learned and how can we use this information in future research programs

B L Turner, Karen Esler, Peter Bridgewater, Joshua Tewksbury, Nadia Sitas, Brent Abrahams, F Stuart Chapin, Rinku Chowdhury, Patrick Christie, Sandra Diaz, Penny Firth, Corinne Knapp, Jonathan Kramer, Rik Leemans, Margaret Palmer, Diana Pietri, Jeremy Pittman, Jose Sarukhan, Ross Shackleton, Reinmar Siedler & 2 others Brian van Wilgen, Harold Mooney

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    The call for integrated social–environmental science, complete with outreach to applications and solutions, is escalating worldwide. Drawing on several decades of experience, researchers engaged in such science, completed an assessment of the design and management attributes and impact pathways that lead to successful projects and programs and to understand key impediments to success. These characteristics are delineated and discussed using examples from individual projects and programs. From this, three principal lessons leading to successful efforts emerge that address co-design, adaptive or flexible management, and diversity of knowledge. In addition, five challenges for this science are identified: accounting for change, addressing sponsorship and timelines, appreciating different knowledge systems, adaptively communicating, and improving linkages to policy
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)160-168
    Number of pages9
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


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