Understanding the context of multifaceted collaborations for social-ecological sustainability: a methodology for cross-case analysis

Cockburn, Jessica, Schoon, Michael, Cundill, Georgina, Robinson, Cathy, Aburto, Jaime A., Alexander, Steven M., Baggio, Jacopo A., Barnaud, Cecile, Chapman, Mollie, Garcia Llorente, Marina, Garcia-Lopez, Gustavo A., Hill, Rosemary, Speranza, Chinwe Ifejika, Lee, Jean, Meek, Chanda L., Rosenberg, Eureta, Schultz, Lisen, and Thondhlana, Gladman (2020) Understanding the context of multifaceted collaborations for social-ecological sustainability: a methodology for cross-case analysis. Ecology and Society, 25 (3). 7.

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Abstract

There are limited approaches available that enable researchers and practitioners to conduct multiple case study comparisons of complex cases of collaboration in natural resource management and conservation. The absence of such tools is felt despite the fact that over the past several years a great deal of literature has reviewed the state of the science regarding collaboration. Much of this work is based on case studies of collaboration and highlights the importance of contextual variables, further complicating efforts to compare outcomes across case-study areas and the likely failure of approaches based on one size fits all generalizations. We expand on the standard overview of the field by identifying some of the challenges associated with managing complex systems with multiple resources, multiple stakeholder groups with diverse knowledges/understandings, and multiple objectives across multiple scales, i.e., multifaceted collaborative initiatives. We then elucidate how a realist methodology, within a critical realist framing, can support efforts to compare multiple case studies of such multifaceted initiatives. The methodology we propose considers the importance and impact of context for the origins, purpose, and success of multifaceted collaborative natural resource management and conservation initiatives in social-ecological systems.

Item ID: 64899
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1708-3087
Keywords: collaboration, complexity, conservation, context-mechanism-outcome, critical realist methodology, governance, natural resource management, realist evaluation, social-ecological systems
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020 by the author(s). Published here under license by The Resilience Alliance. This article is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. You may share and adapt the work for noncommercial purposes provided the original author and source are credited, you indicate whether any changes were made, and you include a link to the license.
Funders: Rhodes University, National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF)
Projects and Grants: NRF grant 93446, NRF grant 90694
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2020 07:47
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1999 Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards > 199999 Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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