Social-Ecological Systems

Conditions for success in natural resource management by volunteer-based organizations: A study of lake management organizations in Vilas County, Wisconsin, USA.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lakefront property owners form volunteer-based organizations to conserve and manage lakes. In Vilas County, Wisconsin, U.S.A., 115 common pool resource management organizations are organized around lakes. Despite a robust literature on institutional design, few studies endeavor a mid-size comparison of resource management organizations in a single geographic context. We address this gap by comparing thirty-one Vilas County, Wisconsin lake organizations using data collected through semi-structured interviews, websites, and agency databases during the summer of 2019.

Challenges and Opportunities in Coding the Commons: Problems, Procedures, and Potential Solutions in Large-N Comparative Case Studies.

Monday, July 13, 2015

On-going efforts to understand the dynamics of coupled social-ecological (or more broadly, coupled infrastructure) systems and common pool resources have led to the generation of numerous datasets based on a large number of case studies.

The Puzzle of Good Governance: Putting the Pieces Together through the Lens of Ostrom's Design Principles

Monday, November 3, 2014

Governing common pool resources in the face of disturbances such as globalization and climate change is challenging. Success stories often become non-success stories when they are transplanted from one context, with a dierent set of conditions to another. We analyzed 69 cases of irrigation systems, sheries, and forests to understand some of the factors that underlie the long-term success of common pool resource management regimes in the face of change.

From Policy Instruments to Action Arenas: The Right to Self-Govern under Conditions of Social-Ecological Change in Nova Scotian Lobster Fisheries

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

To govern the commons, states often focus on structures or instruments, such as delegated co-management or tradable quotas. This research argues that this emphasis often presents a trade-off with making investments into socially just action arenas. I revisit the case of the Port Lameron groundsh and lobster fishery in Southwest Nova Scotia, Canada, originally explored by Elinor Ostrom in Governing the Commons (1990) based on research by Davis (1984).

Transformation of Resource Management Institutions under Globalization: The Case of Songgye Community Forests in South Korea

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The context in which many self-governing commons systems operate will likely be signicantly altered as globalization processes play out over the next few decades. Such dramatic changes will induce some systems to fail and subsequently transform rather than merely adapt. Despite this foreseeable trend, the research on globalization-induced transformations of social-ecological systems (SESs) is still underexplored.

Mobility, Resource Harvesting and Robustness of Social-Ecological Systems

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Globalization is an important feature affecting the robustness of small-scale social-ecological systems (SESs). Understanding the way globalization affects those systems is crucial for adaptation. In this paper we focus on analyzing how the increased displacement of resource users as a consequence of globalization affects the robustness of SESs. We developed a stylized agent-based model representing a dynamic population of agents moving and harvesting a renewable resource.