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Stefan Partelow

Institution: Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen
Room: ZMT, room 3114
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Stefan Partelow

PhD project:

RECODE: Revisiting and comparing social-ecological systems

My PhD research will initiate a research project at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) called RECODE. The project will develop contextually driven and mixed-method research to analyze the interaction of social-ecological system components and outcomes in tropical coastal marine zones. We will utilize existing historical secondary data in three case studies and then conduct empirical research in the same three sites in the present. The project will include two analytical aspects, intra-case temporal comparisons (changes over time in each case) and inter-case outcome comparisons (differences between cases). We will use Elinor Ostrom’s diagnostic social-ecological systems (SES) framework to structure the empirical research and facilitate both aspects of our comparative analysis.

Our three cases sites will be located in (1) Lombok, Indonesia, (2) Braganca, Brazil, and (3) Gulfo de Nicoya, Costa Rica. Each site will have a context specific and problem-driven focus to develop and test the implementation of the diagnostic SES framework for use in diverse tropical marine cases. In Lombok, our research will focus on the feasibility for implementing Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) with seaweed and sea cucumbers as an alternative livelihood to wild harvest fishing. In Braganca, the implementation of co-managed mangrove institutions provides us a unique setting to analyze community-based social-ecological challenges. In the Gulfo de Nicoya, the large multi-use marine area will compare ecological changes with the development of multiple sectors (e.g. fishing, tourism). All case sites will have a focus on the particular system components that may be conducive or inhibiting to development of self-organizing systems with contextually relevant sustainability outcomes.

As the project aims to preliminarily test the feasibility of using the diagnostic SES framework in numerous capacities, new aspects will be explored in the project including:
  1. comparing and integrating qualitative and quantitative data,
  2. expanding ecological aspects of the framework to more holistically analyze ecological system components and their role in influencing self-organizing social-ecological systems,
  3. methods for consciously designing research for comparative analysis,
  4. the research processes necessary for conducting interdisciplinary research in social-ecological systems, and
  5. how research with the framework and in the tropical marine areas in general are contributing different knowledge types conducive for a transformative change towards sustainability.

Thesis committee:

Prof. Dr. Achim SchlüterJacobs University Bremen
PD Dr. Marion GlaserLeibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen
Dr. Sebastian FerseLeibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen
PD Dr. Hauke ReuterLeibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen