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Social-Ecological Systems Analysis

The Social-Ecological Systems (SES) Analysis Group investigates feedbacks between social and ecological dynamics in tropical coastal and marine areas, including mangroves, coral reefs, upwelling areas and river estuaries. We focus on the human-nature relations that surround major sustainability problems associated with tropical CM-SES including ecosystem and resource degradation and overuse, human well-being and poverty and coastal and marine governance and management issues.

Research in our group investigates the dynamics of marine and coastal resource use with a focus on (a) livelihood systems, (b) formal and informal institutions for coastal and marine area management and protection (c) linking social and ecological network characteristics on larger scales(d) historical dimensions and baseline information on human-nature interactions and (e) development of future scenarios for the management and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources.

To link the diverse knowledge systems around identified issues and problems in the tropical coastal and marine realm, we are developing methods for social-ecological systems analysis which enable interdisciplinary collaborations. We adopt a transdisciplinary research approach that includes social and natural scientists, fisherfolk and other ecosystem users as well as feedbacks with political decision-makers. To analyse the characteristics of integrated social-ecological systems, we work with various SES concepts and analytical approaches.

Group Leader

PD Dr. Marion Glaser
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WG members

Group leader
PD Dr. Marion Glaser

Dr. Annette Breckwoldt
Dr. Kathleen Schwerdtner Máñez

PhD students
Martin Lukas
Chia-Chi Wu
Wasistini Baitoningsih

Milena Arias-Schreiber
Rio Deswandi
Philipp Gorris 
Robert Katikiro
Irendra Radjawali
Daniella Schaumlöffel

Associated researchers
Prof. Dr. Nesar Ahmed (Bangladesh Agricultural University)
Rebecca Borges (WG Resource Management
Sebastian Ferse and team (WG Human Agency, Resilience and Diversity in Coral Reefs)
Stefan Partelow (WG Institutional and Behavioural Economics)
Faiz Taimur
Fei Wang (WG Spatial Ecology and Interactions)

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Social Drivers of Coral Reef Resilience in the Cooperative Project "Understanding and Managing the Resilience of Coral Reefs and Associated Social Systems" under the SPICE Programme - Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems (2012-2015)

MPAs that work: Institutional solutions for sustainable coastal and marine systems (2011-2014)

Coastal resources, livelihoods and innovation (2011-2014)

Coastal livelihoods and food security in the Cooperative Project "Impacts of Marine Pollution on Biodiversity and Coastal Livelihoods" under the SPICE Programme - Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems (2012-2015)

System Transformations in the Face of Environmental Change under the SPICE Programme - Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems (2012 -2015)

Oceans Past Platform COST Action IS1403 (2015 - 2017)
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