Social-ecological innovation : adaptive responses to urban environmental conditions

Dennis, M, Armitage, RP ORCID: and James, P ORCID: 2016, 'Social-ecological innovation : adaptive responses to urban environmental conditions' , Urban Ecosystems, 19 (3) , pp. 1063-1082.

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Novel approaches to natural resource management, particularly those which promote stakeholder participation, have been put forward as fundamental ingredients for establishing resilient, polycentric forms of environmental governance. This is nowhere more pertinent than in the case of the complex adaptive systems associated with urban areas. Decentralisation of urban green space management has been posited as an element thereof which, according to resilience thinking, should contribute to the adaptive capacity of cities and the ecosystem services upon which they rely. Implicit in this move towards increased adaptive capacity is the ability to manage through innovation. Although the importance of innovation towards system adaptability has been acknowledged, little work has thus far been carried out which demonstrates that innovative use of urban green space represents a form of adaptive response to environmental conditions. The current paper reports on research which maps examples of organised social-ecological innovation (OSEI) in an urban study area and evaluates them as adaptive responses to local environmental conditions which may contribute to system resilience. The results present OSEI as a coherent body of responses to local social and environmental deprivation, exhibiting diversity and adaptability according to individual contexts. The study therefore provides evidence for the importance of local stakeholder-led innovation as in the building of adaptive capacity in urban social-ecological systems.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Urban Ecosystems
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1083-8155
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Matthew Dennis
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 09:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 20:25

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