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Toward a methodology for explaining and theorizing about social-ecological phenomena
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1546-0934
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
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Number of Authors: 72019 (English)In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, ISSN 1877-3435, E-ISSN 1877-3443, Vol. 39, p. 44-53Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
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Explanations that account for complex causation, emergence, and social-ecological interdependence are necessary for building theories of social-ecological phenomena. Social-ecological systems (SES) research has accumulated rich empirical understanding of SES; however, integration of this knowledge toward contextualized generalizations, or middle-range theories, remains challenging. We discuss the potential of an iterative and collaborative process that combines generalizing from case studies with agent-based modelling as an abductive methodology to successively build and test explanations rooted in complexity thinking. Collaboration between empirical researchers, theoreticians, practitioners, and modellers is imperative to accommodate this process, which can be seen as a first step toward building middle-range theories.

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2019. Vol. 39, p. 44-53
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Green & Sustainable Science & Technology
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177551DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2019.06.011ISI: 000502823600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177551DiVA, id: diva2:1383145
Available from: 2020-01-07 Created: 2020-01-07 Last updated: 2020-01-23Bibliographically approved

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