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

CBIE_WP-2015-006

Abstract

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. This data has facilitated the identication of important factors and fundamental principles which increase our understanding of such complex systems. However, the data at our disposal are often not easily comparable, have limited scope and scale, and are based on disparate underlying frameworks inhibiting synthesis, meta-analysis, and the validation of findings. Research efforts are further hampered when case inclusion criteria, variable denitions, coding schema, and inter-coder reliability testing are not made explicit in the presentation of research and shared among the research community. This paper first outlines challenges experienced by researchers engaged in a large-scale coding project; then highlights valuable lessons learned in large-scale coding projects; and finally discusses opportunities for further research on comparative case study analysis focusing on social-ecological systems and common pool resources.

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Published July 13, 2015

Elicia Ratajczyk, Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Ute Brady, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability/Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment

Jacopo A. Baggio, Utah State University

Allain J Barnett, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Irene Perez Ibarra, Arizona State University, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment

Nathan Rollins, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability

Cathy A. Rubinos, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability

Hoon C. Shin, Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

David J. Yu, Purdue University

Rimjhim Aggarwal, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability

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