Crisis-induced disruptions in place-based social-ecological research - an opportunity for redirection

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  • Kathleen Hermans
  • Elisabeth Berger
  • Lisa Biber-Freudenberger
  • Lisa Bossenbroek
  • Laura Ebeler
  • Juliane Groth
  • Jochen Hack
  • Jan Hanspach
  • Kendisha Soekardjo Hintz
  • Jude Ndzifon Kimengsi
  • Yim Ming Connie Kwong
  • Robert Oakes
  • Raffaella Pagogna
  • Tobias Plieninger
  • Harald Sterly
  • Kees van der Geest
  • Jasper van Vliet
  • Charlotte Wiederkehr
Place-based research faces multiple threats, including both natural and global health hazards and political conflicts, which may disrupt fieldwork. The current COVID-19 pandemic shows how these threats can drastically affect social-ecological research activities given its engagement with different local stakeholders, disciplines, and knowledge systems. The crisis reveals the need for adaptive research designs while also providing an opportunity for a structural shift towards a more sustainable and inclusive research landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)72-76
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 15.07.2021