Partelow, Stefan ORCID:, Jäger, Anne and Schlüter, Achim ORCID: (2021) Linking Fisher Perceptions to Social-Ecological Context: Mixed Method Application of the SES Framework in Costa Rica. Human Ecology, 49 (3). pp. 187-203. DOI

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There are few studies about how social-ecological context is linked to actor perceptions in environmental governance, although it
is evident that resource use behavior, participatory processes, rule compliance, and cooperation are influenced by actors’
perceptions. We apply and combine Ostrom’s social-ecological systems framework (SESF) and Bennett’s (2016) perception
framework to identify the contextual variables influencing different perceptions in a case study of small-scale fisheries co�management in Costa Rica implementing a marine protected area. Analytically, we use network analysis tools to analyze
qualitative interview data in a way that links the two frameworks, and content analysis to provide contexutally meaningful
descriptions of those network patterns in practice. Our findings suggest Bennett’s perceptions framework can be expanded and
that the SESF is useful to identify how perceptions relate to more social and ecological variables than prior research suggests. Our
findings demonstrate the importance of understanding perceptions and context in environmental governance analyses and
practice. We conclude with reflections on local policy challenges.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA1
Research affiliation:
Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
ISSN: 0300-7839
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Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2021 07:33
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2021 09:33

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