Building resilience for social-ecological sustainability in Atlantic Europe

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dc.contributor.advisor Sage, Colin en
dc.contributor.author Scollick, Andrew Dale
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-06T11:51:50Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-06T11:51:50Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.date.submitted 2016
dc.identifier.citation Scollick, A. D. 2016. Building resilience for social-ecological sustainability in Atlantic Europe. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 556 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3069
dc.description.abstract This thesis argues that complex adaptive social–ecological systems (SES) theory has important implications for the design of integrated ocean and coastal governance in the EU. Traditional systems of governance have struggled to deal with the global changes, complexity and uncertainties that challenge a transition towards sustainability in Europe’s maritime macro-regions. There is an apparent disconnect between governance strategies for sustainability in Europe’s maritime macro-regions and a sound theoretical basis for them. My premise is that the design of governance architecture for maritime regional sustainability should be informed by SES theory. Therefore, the aim of this research was to gain insight into a multilevel adaptive governance architecture that combines notions of sustainability and development in the context of the Atlantic Europe maritime macro-region. The central research question asked whether it is possible to achieve this insight by using a SES as a framework and analytical tool. This research adopted social ecology and sustainability science as a foundation for understanding society–nature relations. Concepts from complex adaptive systems, SES and resilience theories were integrated into a conceptual framework that guided the investigation and analysis. A study was conducted to conceptualise the European Atlantic social–ecological system (EASES). This was used to represent and understand the Atlantic Europe macro-region as a SES. The study examined the proposition that governance can be focused on building SES resilience to help achieve maritime regional sustainability. A workbook method was developed and used to elicit expert opinion regarding EASES. The study identified sources of resilience and resilience dynamics that require management in the context of multilevel adaptive governance. This research found that the Atlantic Europe macro-region is a key focal level for multilevel adaptive governance architecture. The majority of the findings are specific to Atlantic Europe and not generalisable to other maritime macro-regions in Europe. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2016, Andrew D. Scollick. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Atlantic en
dc.subject Coastal en
dc.subject Complex adaptive systems en
dc.subject Europe en
dc.subject European Union en
dc.subject Governance en
dc.subject Integrated Maritime Policy en
dc.subject Macro-region en
dc.subject Macro-regional en
dc.subject Marine en
dc.subject Maritime en
dc.subject Resilience en
dc.subject Social-ecological systems en
dc.subject Sustainability en
dc.subject Sustainable development en
dc.subject Systems en
dc.title Building resilience for social-ecological sustainability in Atlantic Europe en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Coastal and Marine Research Centre en
dc.internal.school Environmental Research Institute en
dc.internal.school Geography en
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dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
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ucc.workflow.supervisor c.sage@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Autumn 2016 en


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