February 2016: Jeremy Pittman worked with Holm Tiessen and Elma Montaña from the
Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) to examine how researchers make the transition from disciplinary to interdisciplinary research and how funders can facilitate these transitions. Their findings, recently published in
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, suggest that a mix of networking, mentorship, and learning help researchers make the jump towards interdisciplinarity. Pittman et al.’s research was part of a broader initiative,
led by Dr. Hal Mooney and funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, examining the value of interdisciplinary research in multiple case studies from around the globe.
January 2016: In their recently published article in PLoS ONE, Samantha Berdej and Derek Armitage highlight the importance of bridging organizations on governance outcomes for marine conservation, by mapping the social connections in two conservation networks in Indonesia. Bridging organizations connect diverse social actors for collaboration and information exchange, with implications for effective governance and conservation. Learn about their findings from the Faculty of Environment.
December 2015: Mark Andrachuk and Derek Armitage have published a paper in Ecology and Society that characterizes social-ecological transformations in the Cau Hai lagoon, Vietnam, by applying local knowledge and perceptions of resource-users. The paper demonstrates the multitude of interacting factors that drive social-ecological transformations that are beyond the control of any one individual or group.
October 2015: Steve Alexander is part of an international team of scientists who are advocating for more meaningful and effective collaboration with local communities and researchers. Opinion papers in Frontiers in Marine Science and National Geographic focus on marine conservation for small-island states, encouraging researchers to build long-term relationships, align priorities with local interests, enhance local capacity, and share research products. See also UWaterloo write-up.
October 2015: Establishment of co-management for Jamaican marine reserves has benefitted from the presence of institutional entrepreneurs, tightly connected social networks of fishers, and the ways that community-based organizations have formed multi-level relationships. These findings from Steve Alexander’s PhD research, based on social network analysis, helped identify ways to build social capital and leadership for improving co-management success.