Complex socio-ecological systems
SEMINAR ON RESILIENCE OF COMPLEX SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
Instructors: Dr. Robert Buschbacher and Dr. Simone Athayde, University of Florida.
This reading and discussion group will be surveying literature related to Resilience of Complex Social-ecological Systems and discussing how these concepts can be applied in TCD (Tropical Conservation and Development) research and practice.
Participants will read approximately 2 articles per week, and post online comments prior to each meeting. Participants will take turns leading discussions; discussion leaders will also post a brief summary of each article online.
Our discussions will focus on the theory and concepts presented in the articles, and also on how we can apply these concepts to specific social-ecological systems where participants have worked or are planning to conduct graduate research. Participants will therefore have the opportunity to work on incorporating theory and concepts into their research proposals throughout the semester. The final assignment consists of each participant writing a brief reflection paper (1-2 pages), in informal writing, sharing their thoughts on how they might apply some of the main concepts and theories reviewed throughout the semester in their research.
On this web site, we will develop an annotated bibliography for each weekly topic. Please follow the link to each week's topic, where we will enter the literature citations, posting of pre-discussion ideas about the article, and finally a summary of the discussion on that topic.
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. A guide on how to prepare an annotated bibliography with some examples and suggestions can be found at: http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/skill28.htm
- Other resources. Links to pages, programs, institutions, video and radio programs related to the topics covered in the seminar.