EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments

EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments

Other agencies

A science of integration: frameworks, processes, and products in a place-based, integrative study

Integrative research is increasingly a priority within the scientific community and is a central goal for the evolving field of sustainability science. While it is conceptually attractive, its successful implementation has been challenging and recent work suggests that the move towards interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in sustainability science is being only partially realized. To address this from the perspective of social-ecological systems (SES) research, we examine the process of conducting a science of integration within the Southcentral Alaska Test Case (SCTC) of Alaska-EPSCoR as a test-bed for this approach. The SCTC is part of a large, 5 year, interdisciplinary study investigating changing environments and adaptations to those changes in Alaska. In this paper, we review progress toward a science of integration and present our efforts to confront the practical issues of applying proposed integration frameworks. We: (1) define our integration framework; (2) describe the collaborative processes, including the co-development of science through stakeholder engagement and partnerships; and (3) illustrate potential products of integrative, social-ecological systems research. The approaches we use can also be applied outside of this particular framework. We highlight challenges and propose improvements for integration in sustainability science by addressing the need for common frameworks and improved contextual understanding. These insights may be useful for capacity-building for interdisciplinary projects that address complex real-world social and environmental problems.

Data and Resources

  • View website
    Website :: Publisher's website

    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-016-0391-3

Status: Complete
Type: Project
Data Types: Report
Primary Contact
Kliskey, Andrew
SCTC Co-PI
Email: akliskey@uidaho.edu
Work: (208) 885-6372
Primary Agency
EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments
Type
Academic

Funding Agency
EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments
Type
Academic

Other Agencies
National Science Foundation

ISO Topics
society

Geo-keywords
Alaska, Southcentral

Collection
Coordination, Integration, and Synthesis (CIS)

Source Portal
Alaska EPSCoR Central Portal :: Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

Direct Record Link
http://southcentral.epscor.alaska.edu/catalogs/11680-a-science-of-integration-frameworks-processes
  • 01c8ceef3d596f40f05bf496ca00d929
    Updated by Lisa
    2016-10-31 13:19:47 -0800
  • 01c8ceef3d596f40f05bf496ca00d929
    Updated by Lisa
    2016-10-31 13:19:03 -0800
  • 01c8ceef3d596f40f05bf496ca00d929
    Published by Lisa
    2016-09-08 14:04:52 -0800
  • 01c8ceef3d596f40f05bf496ca00d929
    Updated by Lisa
    2016-09-08 14:04:45 -0800
  • 01c8ceef3d596f40f05bf496ca00d929
    Updated by Lisa
    2016-09-08 13:53:19 -0800
  • 01c8ceef3d596f40f05bf496ca00d929
    Updated by Lisa
    2016-09-08 13:49:16 -0800
  • 01c8ceef3d596f40f05bf496ca00d929
    Updated by Lisa
    2016-09-08 13:48:40 -0800
  • 01c8ceef3d596f40f05bf496ca00d929
    New record created
    2016-09-08 13:48:14 -0800
Top