• Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • Community Conservation Research Network (credit: @CCRN_news)

  • Negril, Jamaica

  • Tam Giang Lagoon, Vietnam

  • Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • Slave River Delta, Northwest Territories


August 2015: Kaitlyn Rathwell led a new paper with Derek Armitage and Fikret Berkes (University of Manitoba) that helps think through and make sense of the different ‘settings’ in which knowledge bridging takes place. The paper, published in The Commons Journal, also touches on the implications of bridging knowledge systems for environmental governance

July 2015: Nunavut’s Climate Change Centre has featured Kaitlyn Rathwell’s community report on her PhD research. With an intent to bridge knowledge systems to inform science and policy, Kaitlyn’s report shows how she worked with artists to learn about the ways that they make sense of environmental change.

June 2015: New approaches are required to understand water resource protection issues in First Nations communities. Thomas Dyck’s PhD research uses a multi-barrier approach to reveal the importance of local attitudes, cultural practices, legislation and regulations, and relationships in three Ontario FN communities.

June 2015: Samantha Berdej, Cheryl Chan, Prateep Nayak, and Derek Armitage headed to beautiful Tofino, British Columbia this month to participate in a Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN) meeting and helped set the project’s research agenda for the next three years: how can communities initiate and participate in environmental conservation and stewardship?

June 2015: Recent ECGG PhD Abdullah Al Mamum’s paper in Fisheries and Aquaculture Journal argues that capacity building within fisheries co-management programs should use a needs-based approach that supports local livelihoods.

May 2015: Gurus of commons scholarship have valuable insights on the history of commons research and diverse personal stories about how they ended up in this field. Sajida Awan, Cheryl Chan, and Fatima Khan collected stories from 11 Gurus and reflect on prospects for their own commons research in The Commons Digest.

May 2015: What are the emerging concepts that will guide the future of adaptive management? A group of ECGG members shared their thoughts in the Adaptive Management of Social-ecological Systems book.

March 2015: Collaboration led by Graham Epstein (Ostrom Workshop, Indiana U.) and Jeremy Pittman has resulted in a new paper that develops a typology of three types of fit between institutions and social-ecological systems.

March 2015: Key science-policy processes for effective water governance have been synthesized by Derek Armitage and colleagues in a new Ambio paper.

February 2015: Prateep Nayak continues to bring governance insights for coastal lagoons to life as lead author on two new publications:
(1) Chapter on institutional pluralism, multilevel arrangements and polycentrism in a new book edited by M. Bavinck and A. Jyotishi.
(2) Nayak, Armitage and Andrachuk paper on power & politics of regime shifts in coastal lagoons in Regional Environmental Change.

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