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A Research Agenda for Environmental Management

Edited by Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Department of Social Sciences and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Chelsea Schelly, Department of Social Sciences, Robert M. Handler, Sustainable Futures Institute, Michigan Technological University, Erin C. Pischke, Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon and Jessie L. Knowlton, Department of Biology, Wheaton College, US
The understanding of global environmental management problems is best achieved through transdisciplinary research lenses that combine scientific and other sector (industry, government, etc.) tools and perspectives. However, developing effective research teams that cross such boundaries is difficult. This book demonstrates the importance of transdisciplinarity, describes challenges to such teamwork, and provides solutions for overcoming these challenges. It includes case studies of transdisciplinary teamwork, showing how these solutions have helped groups to develop better understandings of environmental problems and potential responses.
Extent: 240 pp
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 518 6
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  • Environment
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Governance and Regulation
Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

We face many important global environmental problems today, including climate change, biodiversity destruction, and environmental health issues. Key among the tools we have to understand and solve these problems is research. This Research Agenda argues for a transdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental management to provide better understanding and outcomes leading to practical solutions.

By describing the key strategies needed to overcome common global environmental challenges and to undertake successful interdisciplinary environmental research, this Research Agenda demonstrates the possibilities for successful transdisciplinary environmental research. A series of case studies shows how this transdisciplinary approach to research has improved understandings of environmental problems and their potential solutions. Discussing the types of participation required and the difficulties of incorporating diverse groups into research projects, this Research Agenda provides lessons in how to successfully undertake transdisciplinary research in order to meet these challenges.

A Research Agenda for Environmental Management provides invaluable insights for interdisciplinary researchers in all fields affected by environmental management as well as students and scholars engaged in environmental research looking for ways to successfully integrate transdisciplinary approaches into their work.
‘In the new edited volume: A Research Agenda for Environmental Management, edited by Kathleen Halvorsen, Chelsea Schelly, Robert Handler, Erin C. Pischke, and Jessie Knowlton, we have a much needed accessible and useable handbook on how to do transdisciplinary and collaborative research in the era of climate change, which presents never-before faced challenges in environmental management. Authors do a splendid job of providing case studies on how to further expand our understanding and implementation of TD research to address the wicked problems of our time. This edited volume is accessible and useful for those looking to expand their use and understanding of TD methods and approaches.’
– Gabrielle Roesch McNally, Climate Hubs, US Department of Agriculture
Contributors: J. Abrams, D.B. Agusdinata, G. Alonso-Yanez, B. Barnett, N. Basiliko, K. Calvert, D. Córdoba, T. de Souza, M. del Carmen Fragoso Medina, J.L. Dunn, A. Eastmond, D.J. Flaspohler, K. Floress, V.S. Gagnon, A. Giang, H.S. Gorman, R.B. Guerrero, K.E. Halvorsen, R.M. Handler, M.A. Hanif, R.J. Heffron, J. Heyman, L. House-Peters, A. Kantamneni, J.L. Knowlton, R.A. LaFave, J. Licata, H.K. Lukosch, E.E. Mata-Zayas, R. Medeiros, M.A. Mesa-Jurado, D. Minakata, A. Mirchi, C. Moseley, T. Moya Mose, T.H. Mwampamba, C.J.V. Navarrete, E.A. Nielsen, M. Ohira, E. Ortega, J.A. Perlinger, E.C. Pischke, E.W. Prehoda, V.D.P. Risso, J.C. Sacramento-Rivero, M. Samimi, D. Sanchez, C. Schelly, T.L. Selfa, R. Shwom, R.V. Sidortsov, B. Tarekegne, G. Tchobanoglous, N.R. Urban, L.P. Volkow, S. Walker, D. Watkins, R.L. Winkler
Contents:

Part I Introduction to transdisciplinarity in environmental management research
1. Introduction: a research agenda for environmental management through transdisciplinary, social science-rich environmental governance research
Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Jessie L. Knowlton, Chelsea Schelly, Robert M. Handler and Erin C. Pischke

2. Governing sustainability and environmental management: what, why, and how?
Erin C. Pischke, Robert M. Handler and Jessie L. Knowlton

3. Power within and beyond the state: understanding how power relations shape environmental management
Jesse Abrams, Diana Córdoba, Roman V. Sidortsov, Chelsea Schelly and Hugh S. Gorman

Part II Integrating diverse sectors and disciplines into transdisciplinary environmental management research
4. Integrating across sectors and disciplines: transdisciplinary teamwork challenges and strategies
Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Jessie L. Knowlton, Robert M. Handler, Chelsea Schelly and Erin C. Pischke

5. Transdisciplinary research teams: broadening the scope of who participates in research
Erin C. Pischke, Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba, Lily House-Peters, Amarella Eastmond, Lucía Pérez Volkow, Mayra del Carmen Fragoso Medina and Marcella Ohira

6. Administrative roles in environmental governance research: scientists incorporating policymakers
Robert A. LaFave and Jennifer L. Dunn

7. Incorporating community: opportunities and challenges in community-engaged research
Abhilash Kantamneni, Richelle L. Winkler and Kirby Calvert

8. Crossing boundaries: cross-national, transdisciplinary research and teamwork
Erin C. Pischke, Amarella Eastmond and Gabriela Alonso-Yanez

Part III Case studies of transdisciplinary, social science-rich environmental management research
9. Policy, science, and transdisciplinary research: when will it be safe to eat as much fish as desired?
Hugh S. Gorman, Valoree S. Gagnon, Amanda Giang, Judith A. Perlinger and Noel R. Urban

10. Lessons from the transdisciplinary, international BIOPIRE project
Jennifer L. Dunn, Jessie L. Knowlton, Robert M. Handler, Erin C. Pischke, Kathleen E. Halvorsen, M. Azahara Mesa-Jurado, Theresa L.
Selfa, David J. Flaspohler, Julian Licata, Ena E. Mata-Zayas, Rodrigo Medeiros, Cassandra Moseley, Erik A. Nielsen, Valentin D Picasso Risso, Julio C. Sacramento-Rivero, Tatiana de Souza, Cesar J. VazquezNavarrete and Nathan Basiliko

11. Applying transdisciplinary research to enhance low-to-moderate income households’ access to community solar
Brad Barnett, Emily W. Prehoda, Abhilash Kantamneni, Richelle Winkler and Chelsea Schelly

12. In search for common ground: energy justice perspectives in global fossil fuel extraction
Roman V. Sidortsov, Raphael J. Heffron, Tedd Moya Mose, Chelsea Schelly and Bethel Tarekegne

13. Understanding household conservation, climate change, and the food-energy-water nexus from a transdisciplinary perspective
David Watkins, Rachael Shwom, Chelsea Schelly, Datu B. Agusdinata, Kristin Floress and Kathleen E. Halvorsen

14. A role-playing game development for supporting interventions to reduce household greenhouse gas emissions: transdisciplinary pathways and
challenges
Datu B. Agusdinata, Muhammad A. Hanif, Heide K. Lukosch, and Excel Ortega

15. Community implementation of potable reuse of treated wastewater
Ali Mirchi, Josiah Heyman, George Tchobanoglous, Daisuke Minakata, Shane Walker, Maryam Samimi, R. Brian Guerrero, Diego Sanchez, Robert Handler

Index