Frontiers in Socio-Environmental Research: Components, Connections, Scale, and Context

Short Description

There have been numerous efforts to organize frameworks capturing the interdisciplinary complexities of socio-environmental problems. This paper evaluates six leading frameworks with the goals of investigating the theoretical core of Socio-environmental systems research emerging from diverse frameworks, and highlighting gaps in research brought up by a comparative evaluation. These six frameworks are:

  1. human ecosystem framework
  2. resilience
  3. integrated assessment of ecosystem services
  4. vulnerability framework
  5. coupled human-natural systems
  6. social-ecological systems

Discussion of the theoretical core centers on copmonents, connections, scale, and context. Potential research areas move beyond case studies to meta-analytic comparative work in related Socio-envrionmental systems, combining descriptive and data-driven modeling, and promoting the evolution and refinement of frameworks through empirical application and testing.

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Suggested Citation

Pulver, S., N. Ulibarri, K. L. Sobocinski, S. M. Alexander, M. L. Johnson, P. F. McCord, and J. Dell’Angelo. 2018. Frontiers in socio-environmental research: components, connections, scale, and context. Ecology and Society23(3):23. 
https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10280-230323