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dc.contributor.authorEvely, Anna C.
dc.contributor.authorFazey, Ioan Raymond Albert
dc.contributor.authorPinard, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorLambin, Xavier
dc.identifier.citationEvely , 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 .en
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dc.description.abstractThe 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.
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dc.rights(c)2008 the authors. Published by The Resilience Alliance, available at http://www.ecologyandsociety.orgen
dc.subjectAdaptive co-managementen
dc.subjectSocial-ecological resilienceen
dc.subjectMink mustela-visonen
dc.subjectCritical realismen
dc.subjectBD Speculative Philosophyen
dc.titleThe influence of philosophical perspectives in integrative research : a conservation case study in the Cairngorms National Parken
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Geography and Geosciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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