A model integrating social-cultural concepts of nature into frameworks of interaction between social and natural systems
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Mountain Research Initiative at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern
and Austrian Academy of Sciences
Taylor & Francis
Existing frameworks for analysing interactions between social and natural systems (e.g. Social-Ecological Systems framework, Ecosystem Services concept) do not sufficiently consider and operationalize the dynamic interactions between people's values, attitudes and understandings of the human-nature relationship at both individual and collective levels. We highlight the relevance of individual and collective understandings of the human-nature relationship as influencing factors for environmental behaviour, which may be reflected in natural resource management conflicts, and review the diversity of existing social-cultural concepts, frameworks and associated research methods. Particular emphasis is given to the context-sensitivity of social-cultural concepts in decision-making. These aspects are translated into a conceptual model aiming not to replace but to expand and enhance existing frameworks. Integrating this model into existing frameworks provides a tool for the exploration of how social-cultural concepts of nature interact with existing contexts to influence governance of social-ecological systems.
Muhar A, CM Raymond, R van den Born, N Bauer, K Böck*, M Braito*, A Buijs, CG Flint, WT de Groot, CD Ives, T Mitrofanenko, T Plieninger, C van Riper, C Tucker. 2017. A model integrating social-cultural concepts of nature into frameworks of interaction between social and natural systems. Environmental Planning and Management http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2017.1327424.