New Open Access Handbook for Social-Ecological Systems Research

October 22, 2021

2021 Wall Scholar, Dr. Rika Preiser is a main editor and contributor to The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems. The book provides a synthetic guide to the range of methods that can be employed in social-ecological systems (SES) research.

Primarily targeted at graduate students, lecturers and researchers working on SES, the book has been written in a style accessible to readers entering the field from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds.

Each chapter discusses the types of SES questions to which the particular methods are suited and the potential resources and skills required for their implementation, and provides practical examples of the application of the methods.

The first book to provide a guide and introduction specifically focused on methods for studying SES, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainability science, environmental management, global environmental change studies and environmental governance. The book will also be of interest to upper-level undergraduates and professionals working at the science–policy interface in the environmental arena.

The book is open access and can be downloaded here.

In addition, the book contains a conceptual and practical introduction to SES research, a discussion of key gaps and frontiers in SES research methods, and a glossary of key terms in SES research. Contributions from 97 different authors, situated at SES research hubs in 16 countries around the world, including South Africa, Sweden, Germany and Australia, bring a wealth of expertise and experience to this book.