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Advancing a Diagnostic Approach to Addressing Environmental Problems

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dc.contributor.author Cox, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-03T15:02:51Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-03T15:02:51Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6543
dc.description.abstract "Social-ecological systems exhibit patterns across multiple levels along spatial, temporal, and functional scales. The outcomes that are produced in these systems result from complex, non-additive interactions between different types of social and biophysical components, some of which are common to many systems, and some of which are relatively unique to a particular system. These properties, along with the mostly non-experimental nature of the analysis, make it difficult to construct theories regarding the sustainability of social-ecological systems.This paper builds on previous work that has initiated a diagnostic approach to facilitate analysis of these systems. The process of diagnosis involves asking a series of questions of a system at increasing levels of specificity based on the answers to previous questions. The answer to each question further unpacks the complexity of a system, allowing an analyst to explore patterns of interactions that produce outcomes. An important feature of this approach is the use of multiple levels of analysis. As this paper will show, this feature can be used to analyze a diversity of environmental problems. Following this discussion, the implications of such a diagnostic approach for future research and pedagogy in the field of environmental management and policy are explored." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject panaceas en_US
dc.subject institutions en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title Advancing a Diagnostic Approach to Addressing Environmental Problems en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Capturing the Complexity of the Commons, North American Regional Meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates Sep. 30-Oct. 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ en_US

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