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?.
1&3 University of Florida 2 University of Georgia 4University of Miami
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
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
Phase II: Working with ‘non-traditional’ stakeholder groups and boundary organizations
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
Sources of Agricultural Information
Strategies organic farmer’s utilize that they perceive contributes to their adaptive capacity
Simple, low-cost technologies
Social network: farmers, consumers, NGOs
Soil organic matter
We expect a 4 inch rain. What we don’t expect is a 9.8 inch rain!
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?
Short funding cycles mean maintaining stakeholder relationship is difficult
Negotiating stakeholder needs with sexy/innovative researchChallenges
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”?
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.
But I am so incredibly good looking.
Why wouldn’t you trust me? I mean my data
Course you’d use me,