Smallholder farming systems under global change: Socio-ecological interactions in drylands and tropical high mountains
Focusing on resilience, vulnerability and adaptation in smallholder agricultural systems, I am interested in better understanding the interplay between natural resources and livelihood strategies in the context of global change. Archetypes, i.e. socio-ecological patterns, critical thresholds and catastrophic shifts in human-nature interactions receive particular attention. I have worked in Latin America, Europe and Africa, in particular in Peru, Northeast Brazil and Mozambique, in close collaboration with local communities, ministries, development agencies, international agricultural research centres and UN organisations. I hold a PhD in Global Ecology from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and University of Potsdam, Germany. I am an Editor of the Journal Regional Environmental Change.
Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land management systems
Read a new paper by members of the GLP Archetypes Working Group. Based on a systematic review, a survey, and a workshop series, the authors provide a consolidated perspective on the core features and diverse meanings of archetype analysis in sustainability research, the motivations behind it, and its policy relevance. They identify three core features of archetype analysis: recurrent patterns, multiple models, and intermediate abstraction.
Applications are welcome for a summer school on Archetype Analysis at HU Berlin from 8-12 October 2018, led by GLP Working Group Coordinators Klaus Eisenack, Christoph Oberlack and Diana Seitz and additional GLP Members. The application deadline is June 29, 2018.
The coordinators of the Archetype Analysis Working Group cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming Special Feature on “Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research” in Ecology and Society from now onward until 31 May 2018.
The authors, including GLP Member Diana Sietz, present a mixed-method approach to assessing archetypes or patterns of climate vulnerability that combines qualitative tools from participatory rural assessment approaches and quantitative techniques including cluster analysis. They illustrate this by looking at a case study of the Central Andes of Peru.