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Potential in Small-Scale Kombu Fishing in Samani Town, Hokkaido, Japan

fisheries, fisheries, marine science, policy, Social Science, SustainabilityJuly 9, 2012

As part of the GCOE-INeT Summer School at Hokkaido University this year I have had the opportunity to use Samani Town as a case study of “the sustainability of coupled human and natural systems”. The small coastal town of roughly 5,500 people is dependent on farming, fishing, forestry, mining, and increasingly tourism. Samani town is […]

Core Themes of 2012: Challenging the Conventional Narrative

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Core Themes for 2012, policy, Social ScienceJanuary 25, 2012

Isaac Newton, after experiencing the bottom end of a falling apple, used that experience to formulate the theory of gravity. The inductive process Newton used is common to the goals of most scientific endeavors and a deeply ingrained part of the human psyche. As humans, we love to generalize. It helps us understand the world […]

U.S. Ocean Policy Takes a (Small) Step Forward

Conservation, policyJanuary 12, 2012

Earlier today, the National Ocean Council released a new Implementation Plan for the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes. We asked our colleague Morgan Gopnik, formerly a senior advisor to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, to  summarize this new plan. Today marks a momentous and long-awaited milestone for true ocean policy […]

The Curse of Gold: Dimensions of Injustice in Gold-Mining Communities

policy, Social ScienceOctober 11, 2011

Buried within the depths of Andean geology lie small seams of gold tempting worldwide investors. These money-lined pockets aid the development of new extraction methods that dissolve gold from the mountains using cyanide. Cyanide is a metabolic poison, shutting down cellular respiration. In the wake of cyanide leaching stand piles of rubble and contaminated rivers […]

Why Listen to the Local Guy?

policy, Social ScienceMay 3, 2011

Two of Ostrom’s (1990) institutional design principles emphasize the role of the local –rules must be adapted to local conditions and resource users must participate in the rulemaking process. These principles were determined empirically through cross-site analysis, but a large body of research from science studies supports these finding theoretically as well. The most clear […]

State of the Field: A New Type of Policy Analysis

policy, Social Science, State of the FieldMarch 22, 2011

The focus on community and informal rules that were found to frequently structure successful commons management made apparent that the word ‘policy’ needed to be expanded. Policy scholars now look beyond the official written laws, reports, and regulations that are often written by a central government to multi-scalar rules that govern the structure and behavior […]

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