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Record number 510224
Title Research Design and the Politics of Abstraction : Unpacking the Environmentality of Scientific Practice in Socioecological Assessments
Author(s) Crane, Todd A.; Pronk, Maartje; Lakerveld, Roan; Weiler, Viola; Maat, Harro; Springate-Baginski, Oliver; Udo, Henk
Source Human Ecology 44 (2016)6. - ISSN 0300-7839 - p. 665 - 675.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10745-016-9865-2
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
WASS
Animal Production Systems
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Assessment - Ecosystem services - Environmentality - Life cycle assessment - Research methods - Science studies - Socio-ecological systems - Vulnerability
Abstract

Scientific assessments of socio-ecological systems are becoming mainstays in guiding policymaking and other interventions in response to global environmental change. The environmentality literature emphasizes the institutional architecture of emergent science-policy regimes and how scientific research is used in political settings, creating new modes of governance and subjectivities. However, there has been relatively little attention to domain-level socio-ecological assessments as socially produced technologies where specific scientific choices are mechanisms connecting governance architecture and popular subjectivities. Combining empirical case study and literature review, assessment technologies are analyzed in three domains: vulnerability assessment, ecosystem services assessment, life-cycle assessment. Using conceptualization, operationalization, and institutionalization as analytical lenses, the cases illustrate ways that scientific choices simplify complex socio-ecological relationships with implications for both governance practices and subjectivities. Furthermore, findings explore the possibility for assessments to be more inclusive of diverse social values and practices, enabling more empowering subjectivities.

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