Network approaches for conceptualizing and analyzing complex patterns of social-ecological interdependencies hold great potential and are drawing increased interest across research and practice. However, progress in precisely measuring and theorizing complex patterns of social and ecological interdependencies has been limited. The aim with our paper is to make headway for forthcoming studies to improve precision of measurement and theoretical generalization.
Should biodiversity be conserved for its own sake or because it provides benefits to people? Should nature have to pay its own way in the marketplace? Should people be displaced to make space for protected areas? Trying to understand the beliefs of conservationists on such issues, how these are shaped, and how they affect conservation practice, has been the subject of our collaborative research since 2011.