Call for papers: “Trajectories and resilience of social-ecological systems in the Global South”

Related GLP Member: Esteve Corbera

To satisfy the needs of 7.5 billion people while ensuring a sustainable and viable biosphere, we need to understand how human-nature coupled systems coped in the past with socio-economic and ecological dilemmas. The social-ecological system (SES) framework is one of the tools to reflect upon this issue, by laying out a theoretical ground for assessing conditions for long-term sustainability using interdisciplinary thinking.

This Special Issue of Ambio aims to contribute to new evidence on the assessment of trajectories of SES in the Global South. Papers should be academically rigorous and theoretically grounded, and address issues that appear critical for understanding social-ecological trajectories and its causal mechanisms in diverse sociocultural, economic and ecological contexts. We expect research contributions to be based on empirical and novel data from case studies in the Global South. Research using a combination of qualitative (e.g. historical analysis, adaptive cycle analysis, qualitative comparative analysis etc.) and quantitative (e.g. statistical analysis, structural equation modelling, agent-based modelling, systemic modelling), methods are welcome as well as theoretical contributions on conceptual and methodological approaches.

Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2023


Driss Ezzine de Blas
Tanya Hayes
Esteve Corbera