Governance and Management of Social-ecological Systems (15 ECTS)

This course explores alternative approaches for analyzing how people make choices, use rules, and learn to manage and govern social-ecological systems

The course will introduce multiple perspectives on management and governance that include approaches to decision-making under uncertainty, approaches to ecological management that enable learning, how institutional choices shape environmental management and how governance can be designed to adapt to social-ecological change. 

Students will learn how to apply cost-benefit analysis, decision analysis under uncertainty, and game theory to the analysis of environmental issues. They will explore successful cases of environmental management, and how governance systems have been successfully transformed as well as how mismatches between governance and ecological dynamics can produce failure.

Strategies for effecting positive change in environmental management, and barriers impeding such change will be examined. Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts and methods for analysis, and will conduct group and individual research projects that utilize these concepts and methods.
The course consists of the following four modules (dates will be announced shortly):
VII: Transformative strategies for governance (4 ECTS)
VIII: Economic perspectives (4 ECTS)
IX: Theories and methods for governance of the commons (3 ECTS)
X: Adaptive processes in social-ecological systems (4 ECTS)

Detailed course syllabus will be available no later than four weeks before first lecture.

Example of a syllabus for this coursePDF (pdf, 1.1 MB)

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B
Phone: +46 8 674 70 70

Organisation number: 202100-3062
VAT No: SE202100306201