Archetype Analysis in Sustainability and Land Governance Research
Artist: Anne Ludwig, "Dom Mosaik"

Archetype Analysis in Sustainability and Land Governance Research

Short Description

Archetypes depict representative patterns, i.e. similarities and differences, in socio-ecological interactions. With this generalisation, archetype analysis supports the scaling and transfer of knowledge from one place to another in a systematic way. The underlying assumption is that similarities in social-ecological conditions link to similarities in sustainability interventions.

Archetype analysis in sustainability research has been used to understand factors and processes that repeatedly determine the (un)sustainability of social-ecological systems. This includes development drivers and outcomes related to livelihood vulnerability, land use, economic development, food security, and climate adaptation, among others. Archetypes are useful to understand functional similarities and differences in a broader perspective and inform decisions that need to be made across diverse spatial scales, linking local realities with global change processes.

This working group will advance two pillars of GLP’s Science Plan 2016-2021. First, this working group will provide a platform to advance methodologies for analyzing and synthesizing recurrent patterns from contextualized case studies by using the archetype approach. Second, it will advance analysis on land governance including by building bridges to the research community of institutional analysis of the commons.

Goals and Objectives

The specific objectives of this Working Group are:

  1. to consolidate the archetype approach by taking stock of applications, methods, roots, opportunities and current limitations;

  2. to push current methodological frontiers by encouraging methodological debate and cutting-edge applications;

  3. to advance understanding of key sustainability challenges and opportunities by presenting new applications of archetype analysis;

  4. to provide a platform to bridge land system science and institutional analysis/commons research communities to advance case study synthesis methods and analysis of land governance, and

  5. to provide a platform for a next generation of archetype analysis.

GLP Themes: Land governance, Land management systems, Land use and conflict

 

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Blog

When decision makers want to scale-out sustainable land management practices, they need to decide where these practices may be most promising. This is a fundamental decision given the great diversity of land systems. To that end, leading land systems and land governance scientists, including researchers from GLP and beyond, discussed recent advances and frontiers of archetype analysis in the 3rd workshop on “Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research” at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic.   Read full post


Related Information

News

August 2, 2021

A new editorial capping the Special Feature "Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research” in Ecology and Society takes stock of successful examples of archetype analysis, reflects on opportunities and pitfalls in applying archetype analysis and opens new avenues for a second generation of archetype analysis. Co-editors are the GLP Archetype Analysis Working Group Coordinators.

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News

February 15, 2021

The 4th Research Workshop on Archetypes of Sustainable Development was held fully online from 3-5 February 2021. Responding to the open Call in September, more than 40 participants from 5 continents discussed current research and emerging frontiers of archetype analysis in sustainability research. In addition, a Call for Papers for the workshop's special issue is open until 30 June.

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News

November 15, 2020

This Focus Issue of Environmental Research Letters consolidates archetypes of sustainable land use and governance in order to provide a state-of-the-art knowledge resource to transform land use systems towards sustainability across world regions. It will advance knowledge in four thematic priority areas of land use systems: telecoupled land systems; land governance; farming systems; and interactions between land, food, climate and biodiversity. Deadline: 11 December 2020

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