Applying Place-Based Social-Ecological Research to Address Water Scarcity: Insights for Future Research




Castro, Antonio J.
Quintas-Soriano, Cristina
Brandt, Jodi
Atkinson, Carla L.
Baxter, Colden V.
Burnham, Morey
Egoh, Benis N.
Garcia-Llorente, Marina
Julian, Jason P.
Martin-Lopez, Berta

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Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute


Globally, environmental and social change in water-scarce regions challenge the sustainability of social-ecological systems. WaterSES, a sponsored working group within the Program for Ecosystem Change and Society, explores and compares the social-ecological dynamics related to water scarcity across placed-based international research sites with contrasting local and regional water needs and governance, including research sites in Spain and Sweden in Europe, South Africa, China, and Alabama, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Texas in the USA. This paper aims to provide a commentary on insights into conducting future solutions-oriented research on water scarcity based on the understanding of the social-ecological dynamics of water scarce regions.



PECS, water governance, ecosystem service, place-based research, social-ecological system, sustainability, transdisciplinary science, Geography and Environmental Studies


Castro, A. J., Quintas-Soriano, C., Brandt, J., Atkinson, C. L., Baxter, C. V., Burnham, M., Egoh, B. N., García-Llorente, M., Julian, J. P., Martín-López, B., Liao, F. H., Running, K., Vaughn, C. C., & Norström, A. V. (2018). Applying place-based social-ecological research to address water scarcity: Insights for future research. Sustainability, 10(5): 1516.


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