Tuesday 6
The Social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD) project
Michael Cox
› 11:30 - 12:30 (1h)
› JOFFRE 1-5
The Social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD) project
Michael Cox  1@  
1 : Dartmouth College

This session will present the work of the Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis Database (SESMAD) project. Begun by a group of Resilience Alliance Young Scholars in 2011, the project is focused on synthesizing research on medium- to large-scale social-ecological systems across countries, continents, and sectors. The SESMAD team currently has 14 members, roughly half of whom are members of the Resilience Alliance Young Scholars network. The project builds on previous meta-analytic methodologies that have been developed by prominent researchers in the field of common-pool resource management. This previous work has focused primarily on small-scale systems, and to date comparatively less synthetic work has been done on larger systems, such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Protected Area or the International Commission on the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna. The SESMAD project is designed to fill this gap in comparative knowledge across larger social-ecological systems, with a key focus on examining the applicability of common-pool resource theory to these systems.

The SESMAD methodology is primarily a meta-analysis, which involves the consistent coding of data from multiple cases into a relational database to enable cross-case comparisons. Without such a process making these comparisons would be very difficult, due to distinct data collection and research protocols of the initial work done on each system. Comparability of the data coded for each case is ensured by a rigorous training process and a coding manual to assist team members and maintain high inter-coder reliability. The project has advanced to the stage where some basic comparative analyses can be conducted, and this will be the focus of the empirical presentations in the session. These presentations will be accompanied by an introductory presentation that describes the overall approach and briefly demonstrates the website that holds the relational database and accompanying coding manual.

All papers will be done in a speed-talk format. We will plan to leave roughly 10 minutes at the end for discussion. The session will include the following presentations:

The SESMAD project (Michael Cox)

Diagnosing large-scale marine protected areas: a comparative analysis of the social, ecological and institutional drivers of successful governance (Natalie Ban, Graham Epstein)

Understanding governance of large freshwater systems: a comparative analysis of environmental governance in national and transnational watersheds (Sergio Villamayor)

Transboundary protected areas and the study of social-ecological systems (Mike Schoon)

Migratory species, governance, and conservation: a comparative analysis of large-scale social-ecological systems (Chanda Meek, Irene Perez-Ibarra)

Studying national forest policies in a comparative context through the lens of the social-ecological system meta-analysis database (Forrest Fleischman)

Systematic case study methodology in SES contexts: making within-case comparisons with the social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (Sergio Villamayor, Michael Cox)

SESMAD-based analysis of small-scale fisheries in Monterey Bay, California (Stacy Aguilera)


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