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This theme analyses the social, institutional, economic and ecological foundations of multilevel governance that are successful in building social-ecological resilience

Many scholars emphasize the need for new flexible, inclusive and multi-level forms of governance that can deal with the complexity of social-ecological systems (SES), and their associated services.
Adaptive governance approaches must be able to not only coordinate relevant actors at multiple scales, but also achieve meaningful collaborations and collective action before essential ecosystem services are depleted or critical thresholds are transcended.

Furthermore, adaptive governance approaches require a system of continuous learning for building knowledge and effective management practices to interpret and respond to ecological feedbacks. Learning is therefore essential for stakeholders to develop their ability to deal effectively with new situations and to prepare for change and surprise.
We integrate insights from a range of disciplines ranging from systems ecology, geography, sociology, social network analysis, complexity theory, and organizational studies, to political science.
Our members focus on a multitude of empirical cases, ranging from coral reef ecosystems in Australia, urban ecosystems in Stockholm, biosphere reserves in South Africa, forest ecosystems in India and Madagascar, to global technical innovations for infectious disease governance and local climate change adaptation processes in Sweden.

Read more by clicking on a specific sub-theme below:
Knowledge, learning and social networks
Adaptive governance
Multilevel governance

Related projects
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EKOKLIM 4 - Governance of social-ecological systems under change in Mälardalen, Sweden

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Study in PNAS teases out strategies for successful governance, for both people and ecosystems
Research news | 2015-05-18
Practices of the European Court of Human Rights support adaptive governance
Research news | 2015-04-21
Telling a story of resilience in practice: new book about food and life in the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan
Research news | 2015-03-19
Think global, act local or risk losing the world’s iconic natural treasures, new study in Science argues
Research news | 2015-03-05
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