Collaboration Across Boundaries for Social-Ecological Systems Science

Experiences Around the World

  • Stephen G. Perz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlv
  2. Erin C. Pischke, Z. Carter Berry, Randall K. Kolka, Jacob Salcone, Diana Córdoba, Xoco Shinbrot et al.
    Pages 35-77
  3. Emi Uchida, Victor H. Rivera-Monroy, Sara A. Ates, Edward Castañeda-Moya, Arthur J. Gold, Todd Guilfoos et al.
    Pages 115-152
  4. Erica A. H. Smithwick, Christopher Caldwell, Alexander Klippel, Robert M. Scheller, Nancy Tuana, Rebecca Bliege Bird et al.
    Pages 153-184
  5. María E. Fernández-Giménez, Arren Allegretti, Jay Angerer, Batkhishig Baival, Batbuyan Batjav, Steven Fassnacht et al.
    Pages 185-225
  6. Marcellus Caldas, Martha Mather, Jason Bergtold, Melinda Daniels, Gabriel Granco, Joseph A. Aistrup et al.
    Pages 265-294
  7. T. Trevor Caughlin, Sarah J. Graves, Gregory P. Asner, Bryan C. Tarbox, Stephanie A. Bohlman
    Pages 295-326
  8. Stephen G. Perz, Galia Selaya, Rafael Muñoz-Carpena, Gregory Kiker, Christopher Baraloto, Matthew Marsik et al.
    Pages 327-359
  9. Nina S.-N. Lam, Y. Jun Xu, R. Kelley Pace, Kam-biu Liu, Yi Qiang, Siddhartha Narra et al.
    Pages 361-393
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 431-437

About this book


"This is a book that any researcher contemplating a large scale interdisciplinary research project investigating social-ecological systems should read. It provides real world tangible examples of such projects and offers lessons that can be used by others to be more successful in their own research efforts." 
- Robert J Summers, Academic Director, Sustainability Council, University of Alberta, Canada

Collaboration across boundaries is widely recognized as a vital requisite for the advancement of innovative science to address problems such as environmental degradation and global change. This book takes collaboration across boundaries seriously by focusing on the many challenges and practices involved in team science when spanning disciplinary, organizational, national and other divides. The authors draw on a shared framework for managing the challenges of collaboration across boundaries as applied to the science of understanding complex social-ecological systems.

Teams working across boundaries on diverse social-ecological systems in countries around the world report their challenges and share their practices, outcomes and lessons learned. From these diverse experiences arise many commonalities and also some important differences. These provide the basis for a set of recommendations to any collaborators intending to use science as a tool to better understand social-ecological systems and to improve their management and governance. 

Stephen G. Perz is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida, USA. He works collaboratively on conservation and development issues in the Amazon, crossing disciplinary, organizational and national boundaries. This work has been funded by NASA, NSF, USAID, the Moore Foundation, and other sources, and has resulted in over 100 publications in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets.


interdisciplinary environmental science interdisciplinarity social-ecological systems environmental management Interdisciplinary Environmental Systems Science human impact adaptation sustainability Adaptive governance Biodiversity Transdisciplinarity Climate change collaborative science Ecosystem services International cooperation Scenario planning Social-ecological systems Watersheds

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen G. Perz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminology and LawUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-13826-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-13827-1
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