Insights from twenty years of comparative research in Pacific Large Ocean States

Shurety, Amy L., Bartelet, Henry A., Chawla, Sivee, James, Nicholas L., Lapointe, Marie, Zoeller, Kim C., Chua, Chia M., and Cumming, Graeme S. (2022) Insights from twenty years of comparative research in Pacific Large Ocean States. Ecosystems and People, 18 (1). pp. 410-429.

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Under global environmental change, understanding the interactions between people and nature has become critical for human survival. Comparative research can identify trends within social-ecological systems providing key insights for both environmental and developmental research. Island systems, with clear land boundaries, have been proposed as ideal case studies for comparative research, but it is unclear to what extent their potential has been fulfilled. To summarize existing research and identify potential gaps and new directions, we reviewed comparative environmental and developmental research on Pacific Large Ocean States. A diversity of case study locations and research themes were addressed within the sample of reviewed studies. Within the reviewed literature climate change, energy infrastructure, trade and fisheries were key themes of environmental and developmental research compared between island systems. Research was biased towards wealthier Pacific Large Ocean States and those with a relatively higher degree of socio-economic development. Our review highlights the potential value of a stronger a priori inclusion of spatial scale and conceptual frameworks, such as spatial resilience, to facilitate generalization from case studies.

Item ID: 75469
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2639-5916
Keywords: Comparative research; Large Ocean States; Pacific; social-ecological systems; sustainability
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2022 05:17
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440604 Environmental geography @ 100%
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