Sameer H. Shah, Lucy Rodina, Jenn M. Burt, Edward J. Gregr, Mollie Chapman, Steve Williams, Nicole J Wilson, and Graham McDowell co-authored an article titled, “Unpacking social-ecological transformations: Conceptual, ethical and methodological insights” in The Anthropocene Review.

Abstract: Social-ecological systems contribute to environmental change and, in turn, face its corresponding shocks and disturbances. As scholarship on resilience and social-ecological transformations grows, researchers from various disciplines continue to debate how major transitions and environmental change can be anticipated, studied or guided towards just and ethical outcomes. To this end, we apply an interdisciplinary perspective to describing key aspects of social-ecological transformations scholarship around three pressing questions: (1) What features or criteria distinguish transformations from other forms of change?; (2) What are the political, ethical, and normative concerns associated with transformations?; and (3) How can we better track, measure, and evaluate such transformations? Our insights, which emerged from a workshop with early-career interdisciplinary scholars, highlight questions of justice, equity and ethics in transformations research, and suggest that more precise indicators of change, a more explicit understanding of system boundaries, and a dual focus on process and outcomes will help advance our understanding of the social-ecological implications of transformations. We hope that articulating these challenges and recommendations in an interdisciplinary framing will help further the conversation on these critical topics and provide an accessible perspective of key considerations for multidisciplinary scholarship on social-ecological transformations.

Shah, Sameer H., Rodina, L., Burt, J.M., Gregr, E.J., Chapman, M., Williams, S., Wilson, N.J., and Graham McDowell. (2018). Unpacking social-ecological transformations: Conceptual, ethical and methodological insights. The Anthropocene Review 5(3): 250-265.

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