Research

On Reconsidering Academia’s Novelty Fetish

“But what’s novel about it?” I’ve been asked in committee meetings, academic interviews, and even in the midst of my field research, what exactly was “novel” about certain research questions I posed and the findings and conclusions I presented. At times, it felt like my commitment to actionable...

Chapter 1A Social Boundaries

This is the first of a series of posts on the meaning of the design principles which aims to provide general guidance for operationalizing the design principles for research on the governance of social-ecological systems.  The posts will adopt a common structure to provide definitions through...

In defense of disagreement

I recently attended an in-person, outside and socially distanced of course, meeting with project collaborators.  Although it was fairly clear that the pandemic and six months of living in our own little social bubbles had taken a toll on our social skills, it was really nice to see people...