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Steven Alexander, University of Waterloo
October 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm MDT
Seminar Title: Governing social-ecological systems: Insights from a network perspective
Abstract:Effectively governing natural resources remains a fundamental and enduring challenge. Untangling the numerous social-ecological interdependencies in the context of management has proved difficult, and understanding how different patterns of connections affect management outcomes is poorly understood. A network perspective offers one promising approach to address this fundamental gap. Previous in-depth research in three marine reserves in Jamaica provides the empirical foundation. Through a series of four related studies I will illustrate how an interdisciplinary and integrated approach that leverages a suite of network analysis and modeling methods provides key insights into network structures, interactions, and interdependencies that may enhance and inhibit effective natural resource management in Jamaica.
More About the Speaker: Steven Alexander is an applied human ecologist and environmental social scientist. His research broadly explores the interplay between conservation, environmental change, and natural resource use.