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Publications reveal how socio-ecological research is implemented: lessons from the Rhône Long Term Socio-Ecological Research platform

Arnaud Fanny
Emeline Comby

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Socio-ecological research enlists inter- and transdisciplinarity to address complex environmental issues. Yet the “socio-ecological system” concept can be interpreted in many different ways. A characterization of the diverse practices in socio-ecological research could facilitate dialogue between researchers about the possible conceptual and ethical approaches. In this study, we investigated if a detailed analysis of scientific articles would reveal the nature and course of a socio-ecological research network, and the research angle of its members. The example we used was the Rhône River Long-Term Socio-Ecological Journal Pre-proof Research (LTSER) platform in France. We combined a multivariate analysis of a reading grid of publications by Rhône River LTSER researchers and a textual analysis of the scientific narratives. The publications were from a 10-year period and corresponded to those used in a recent international comparative analysis of LTSER platforms. The analysis revealed that the research was dominated by a biophysical approach, with a progressive increase in social aspects. The emergence of a transdisciplinary approach, co-constructed with operational partners, was also shown. The research conducted by the Rhône River LTSER was grounded in the context of managing a river with strong anthropic influences and interests, and the scientific approach aimed to provide knowledge for guiding decisions. Little reference was made in the publications to socio-ecological conceptual frameworks. Beyond the example of this LTSER platform, we identified indicators for describing the degree of inter- and transdisciplinarity and the different perceptions of socio-ecological systems. The narrative analysis revealed the angle of the research approach; this method could be used in future studies for a comparison of the diverse approaches of multiple research groups.
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hal-04281877 , version 1 (13-11-2023)

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Poirier Clara, Yves-François Le Lay, Achard Anne-Laure, Roux-Michollet Dad, Arnaud Fanny, et al.. Publications reveal how socio-ecological research is implemented: lessons from the Rhône Long Term Socio-Ecological Research platform. Anthropocene, 2024, 45, pp.100412. ⟨10.1016/j.ancene.2023.100412⟩. ⟨hal-04281877⟩
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