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W. Bartels 1 and C.A. Furman 2 J. Bolson 3 and N.E. Breuer 4 1&3 University of Florida 2 University of Georgia 4 University of Miami . Social Science. What does SECC social science mean to you?. What is Social Science research in the SECC?.

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social science

W. Bartels1and C.A. Furman2J. Bolson3 and N.E. Breuer4

1&3 University of Florida 2 University of Georgia 4University of Miami

Social Science


What is Social Science research in the SECC?

Research directions have changed over time:

1) to meet the interests and needs of the SECC

2) to find innovative ways to connect to stakeholder groups

3) to shape future research with stakeholders

the evolution of social science research in the secc
The evolution of Social Science research in the SECC

Overarching questions that continue to frame research:

How can we tailor engagement strategies according to different stakeholder needs and the characteristics of their trusted boundary organizations?

How can scientists work with stakeholder groups to co-produce appropriate adaptation strategies?


“Simply identifying a potential use, or hoping that information might be useful, is not enough to ensure usability”Dillingand Lemos 2011 pg. 687

“Information about global climate is of little value when it bears only a weak relationship to people’s experience”Finucane2009 pg. 5

conclusions after phase i 2009
Conclusions after phase I: 2009
  • Co-production of salient, credible, and legitimate knowledge calls for a mix of practical outcomes and attention to process and values
  • Stakeholder involvement must be strategic and dynamic, and ensure seamless transitions to maintain relationships
  • Establishment of meaningful and sustainable partnerships entails time and some risk taking
  • Partner organizations need to build capacity to incorporate science into their practice
  • There is a need for innovative communication and assessment approaches that address both instrumental and normative goals

Phase II: Working with ‘non-traditional’ stakeholder groups and boundary organizations

Georgia Organics

A member supported non-profit whose mission is to integrate healthy, sustainable and locally grown food into the lives of all Georgians

Federation of Southern Cooperatives

Civil rights organization comprised of farmers’cooperatives in the South US


Tailoring data and outreach

Sources of Agricultural Information


Strategies organic farmer’s utilize that they perceive contributes to their adaptive capacity

Simple, low-cost technologies

Staggered/Succession planting

Crop diversification

Social network: farmers, consumers, NGOs

Soil organic matter


Phase III: Learning Communities

  • Tri-state Row Crop Climate Group

Tri-state Row Crop Climate Group

    • On-going interactions, 8 workshops across 3 states
    • Reached 138 people; Core participants (35)& Peripheral attendees
    • Stakeholder-led questions & planning
    • Senator Rep., govt. participation (e.g. NRCS)
    • NOAA videos
    • Inter-RISA visits: Arizona exchange
    • Regional Climate and Management Extension Academy – training program
    • Grants submitted = 3
  • New Directions:
    • Collaborative analysis of data
    • Experimentation on farm
    • Simulation games to move beyond farm scale

We expect a 4 inch rain. What we don’t expect is a 9.8 inch rain!


Perceived usefulness of climate information

extremely useful

not at all useful

Bartels, W., Furman, C.A., Diehl, D., Royce, F., Engels, C., Dourte, D. and C. Fraisse. 2012. The adaptation exchange: An interactive platform for scientist-practitioner dialog and learning about agricultural adaptation in the southeast U.S. Paper presented at the American Association of Anthropology, San Francisco, Nov. 2012. Session Title: Welcome to the Anthropocene: What role for anthropology in the coproduction of climate change knowledge and policy?


On-going interactions, 9 workshops

  • 6 utilities, water management district, city plannersCore participants & Peripheral
  • Grants submitted =
  • New Directions:
    • Beyond climate science ---Decision Science Incorporate institutional planning into the process & understand entry points

Funding structures:

Short funding cycles mean maintaining stakeholder relationship is difficult

Negotiating stakeholder needs with sexy/innovative research


Within the SECC:

Balancing personal research interests against reward systems and SECC interests (and what are the SECC interests today?)

How to better communicate our research findings with others in the SECC

How to help formulate and drive research, moving from “tag-on, token” scientist to initial collaborator

Need to get more Social Scientists into the core of the SECC

How can we push the boundaries of research?

Does the SECC need a new “Needs Assessment”?

future directions

Expanding local research and moving into larger frames of study:

Future Directions

Thinking more strategically about tailoring. Example: Developing a learning community with produce farmers (organic and conventional) 1) developing information to serve this group and 2) investigating adaptive capacity

Take the Tri-state group beyond the farm level. Example: Introduce simulation games that help stakeholder think about adaption on a regional level… integrated systems approaches to problem solving

Move into policy issues to inform decisions at a higher level. (Insentive systems, insurance, water management, etc.)

Broadening our work with and our definition of stakeholders

Becoming more relevant to science in general, i.e. having our findings speak to the greater academic community. Example, developing some comparative research projects that speak to larger issues and theoretically based research question vs. only functionally based questions.


Select Publications

  • Bartels, W., Furman, C.A., Diehl, D.C., Royce, F.S., Dourte, D.R., Ortiz, B., Zierden, D.F., Irani, T.A. Fraisse, C.W., and J.W. Jones. 2012. Warming up to climate change: A participatory approach to engaging with agricultural stakeholders in the Southeast US. Journal of Regional Environmental Change. DOI 10.1007/s10113-012-0371-9
  • Bolson, J.B, Martinez, C.J., Srivastava, P., Breuer, N. and P. Knox. 2013. Climate information use among Southeast U.S. water managers: Beyond barriers and toward opportunities. Regional Environmental Change, 13(1): 141-151.
  • Breuer, NE. 2013. Exploring barriers and bridges to climate adaptation decisions. A North-South Comparison, in preparation
  • Furman, C., C. Roncoli, W. Bartels, H. Crockett, Gray, M. Boudreau, G. Hoogenboom. Drought in the Deep South: Climate Services for African American Farmers.Climate Risk Management (Under review).
  • Furman, C. Roncoli, C. Nelson, D. Hoogenboom, G. 2013 Growing food, growing a movement: climate adaptation and civic agriculture in the Southeastern United States. Agriculture and Human Values. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-013-9458-2

Let’s remain useful and relevant


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Why wouldn’t you trust me? I mean my data

Course you’d use me,


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