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A conceptual template for integrative human-environment research

Newell, Barry, Crumley, Carole L., Hassan, Nordin, Lambin, Eric F., Pahl-Wostl, Claudia, Underdal, Arild and Wasson, Robert J. (2005). A conceptual template for integrative human-environment research. Global Environmental Change,15(4):299-307.

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Title A conceptual template for integrative human-environment research
Author Newell, Barry
Crumley, Carole L.
Hassan, Nordin
Lambin, Eric F.
Pahl-Wostl, Claudia
Underdal, Arild
Wasson, Robert J.
Journal Name Global Environmental Change
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0959-3780   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-27744567430
Start Page 299
End Page 307
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Field of Research 1599 - Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
1605 - Policy and Administration
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Knowledge integration, the blending of concepts from two or more disciplines to create innovative new worldviews, is a key process in attempts to increase the sustainability of human activities on Earth. In this paper, we describe a ‘conceptual template’ that can be used to catalyse this process. The template comprises (a) a list of high-level concepts that capture the essential aspects of any significant human–environment problem, plus (b) broad lists of low-level basic concepts drawn from a range of disciplines. Our high-level concepts, which we call ‘conceptual clusters’, are labelled Dynamics & System, Organisation & Scale, Controlling Models, Management & Policy, Adaptation & Learning, and History. Many of the clustered, lower-level concepts are synonyms and thus provide possible connections between disciplines—for this reason we call them ‘nexus concepts’. We suggest that a conceptual template like that presented here can provide strong support to the initial phases of integrative research programs.
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