Nagel, Ben ORCID: and Partelow, Stefan ORCID: (2022) A methodological guide for applying the social-ecological system (SES) framework: a review of quantitative approaches. Ecology and Society, 27 (4). p. 39. DOI

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We conducted a systematic review of the literature applying Elinor Ostrom’s social-ecological systems framework (SESF), with a focus on studies using quantitative methodologies. We synthesized the step-by-step methodological decisions made across 51 studies into a methodological guide and decision tree for future applications of the framework. A synthesis of trends within each methodological step is provided in detail. Our descriptive summary is followed by a critical discussion of how this heterogeneity can lead to ambiguity in the interpretation of findings and hinder synthesis work. These critical reflections are supported by a survey of 22 scholars, each having been a co-author on at least one of the articles reviewed in this study, on the methodological challenges for applying the framework going forward.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA1
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
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ISSN: 1708-3087
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2023 15:04
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2023 15:28

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