Conclusion: A Complexity-Informed Approach to the Study of Social-Ecological Systems

  • Eoin Flaherty


This chapter outlines an integrated conceptual framework, bringing together informants from the preceding chapters in a general theoretical and methodological framework. It proposes that any complete analysis of social-ecological systems must tend as much to abstract questions of the constitution of society, as to the specifics of research methods. This approach is based on several related assumptions, including abandoning divisions between disciplines, and insisting on plurality of method. In this final chapter, we refer to critical realism as a means of bringing the perspectives considered in this book together.


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  • Eoin Flaherty
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  1. 1.SociologyUniversity College DublinDublinUK

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