The globalization of socio-ecological systems: An agenda for scientific research

Short Description

It is argued that globalization is a central feature of human-environmental systems, and this articles focuses on the impacts of globalization on a human-environmental system's resilience, vulnerability, and adaptability. The discussion starts with a comparison of key terms and the consequence of using them interchangeably. Several mega-trends underpin the argument being made, which moves the discussion to analytical deimensions of globalization having both positive and negative impacts on vulernability and resilience of human-environmental systems. These dimensions include growing connectedness, faster information transfer, spatial stretching, and declining diversity. The article concludes with arguing for sustained empirical research covering concerns brought to light in the paper, and making suggestions for enhancing incentives for individual researchers to continue studying these matters.

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Suggested Citation

Oran R. Young, Frans Berkhout, Gilberto C. Gallopin, Marco A. Janssen, Elinor Ostrom, Sander van der Leeuw, The globalization of socio-ecological systems: An agenda for scientific research, Global Environmental Change, Volume 16, Issue 3, August 2006, Pages 304-316, ISSN 0959-3780, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2006.03.004