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Title: The influence of philosophical perspectives in integrative research : a conservation case study in the Cairngorms National Park
Authors: Evely, Anna C.
Fazey, Ioan Raymond Albert
Pinard, Michelle
Lambin, Xavier
Keywords: Adaptive co-management
Interdisciplinarity
Philosophy
Social-ecological resilience
Mink mustela-vison
Critical realism
Social-science
Biology
Biodiversity
Values
Nominalism
Knowledge
Attitudes
BD Speculative Philosophy
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Citation: Evely , A C , Fazey , I R A , Pinard , M & Lambin , X 2008 , ' The influence of philosophical perspectives in integrative research : a conservation case study in the Cairngorms National Park ' Ecology and Society , vol 13 , no. 2 , pp. art52 .
Abstract: The benefits of increasing the contribution of the social sciences in the fields of environmental and conservation science disciplines are increasingly recognized. However, integration between the social and natural sciences has been limited, in part because of the barrier caused by major philosophical differences in the perspectives between these research areas. This paper aims to contribute to more effective interdisciplinary integration by explaining some of the philosophical views underpinning social research and how these views influence research methods and outcomes. We use a project investigating the motivation of volunteers working in an adaptive co-management project to eradicate American Mink from the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland as a case study to illustrate the impact of philosophical perspectives on research. Consideration of different perspectives promoted explicit reflection of the contributing researcher's assumptions, and the implications of his or her perspectives on the outcomes of the research. We suggest a framework to assist conservation research projects by: ( 1) assisting formulation of research questions; ( 2) focusing dialogue between managers and researchers, making underlying worldviews explicit; and ( 3) helping researchers and managers improve longer-term strategies by helping identify overall goals and objectives and by identifying immediate research needs.
Version: Publisher PDF
Status: Peer reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10023/1625
http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol13/iss2/art52/
ISSN: 1708-3087
Type: Journal article
Rights: (c)2008 the authors. Published by The Resilience Alliance, available at http://www.ecologyandsociety.org
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