Governing complex adaptive systems

Tuna fisheries represent a complex resource management system that provides an opportunity to extend our understanding of the adaptive governance of social ecological systems.

Current knowledge on the interactions on the ecology of tuna, their exploitation by a range of fishing gears and the influence of state management and global markets is highly dispersed between a range of scientific disciplines. There is therefore a clear and relevant challenge in bringing together this knowledge into a coherent theoretical framework.

Adaptive governance is used as an overarching concept to elaborate on the linkages between social, political, economic and ecological processes.

New theoretical insights

The two Postdoc projects are therefore designed to develop new theoretical insights and conceptualizations of governing complex adaptive social-ecological systems, with special emphasis on cross-scale state-based, global value chain, and market-based arrangements in the marine resources use domain.

The results of this sub-project will make a significant contribution to the management of trans-boundary fisheries in general, as well as other complex marine and terrestrial resource systems.