Policy interactions in human-landscape systems

Publicado en Environmental management, v. 53(1):67-75

Gerlak, A.

Año de publicación 2014
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-013-0068-y

Department of Political Science, University of Arizona&mdashInternational Studies Association,
324 Social Sciences, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA



Proyecto CRN3101


Given the heightened pace and extent of human interactions with landscapes, there is increasing recognition of the interdependence of hydrogeomorphological, ecological, and human systems in understanding human&ndashlandscape interactions. There is also widespread agreement for greater integration across disciplinary boundaries to generate new knowledge urgently needed for theory building to understand, predict, and respond to rapidly changing human&ndashlandscape systems. The development of new conceptual frameworks, methods, tools, and collaborations linking across the natural and social sciences are key elements to such integration. In an effort to contribute to a broader conceptual framework for human&ndashlandscape systems, this paper describes how environmental policy research has contributed to four integrative themes&mdashthresholds and tipping points spatial scales and boundaries feedback loops and time scales and lags&mdashdeveloped by participants in an NSF-sponsored interdisciplinary workshop. As a broad and heterogeneous body of literature, environmental policy research reflects a diversity of methodological and theoretical approaches around institutions, actors, processes, and ideas. We integrate across multiple subfields and research programs to help identify complementarities in research that may support future interdisciplinary collaborative work. We conclude with a discussion of future research questions to help advance greater interdisciplinary research around human&ndashlandscape systems.