The Role of Institutions in Regulating Human-Environmental Interactions in a Changing Globe

Session ID#: 22428

Session Description:
Complex interactions and feedback transpires between institutional structures that seek to enhance the sustainability of socioeconomic-ecological systems (SES) within the context of global drivers such as climate change, geopolitical condition, and technological advancement. The pivotal role that institutional change has on SES needs to be understood in the context of complex societal constraints. This session will bring together international leaders to discuss the importance of diverse institutions—including policy instruments, legal structures, incentive mechanisms, and other institutional structures—in regulating SES of varying cultural, geopolitical, technological, and socioeconomic background. We focus on the role of institutions in human-environmental relationships from various societal contexts across the globe. We will identify and synthesize common guiding principles and recommendations for applications across diverse regions and societies.  Speakers will use socioeconomic transitions, international borders, and national-international policies as large-scale ecological experiments to help identify the role of human institutions in ecological processes.
Primary Convener:  Jiquan Chen, Michigan State University, CGCEO/Geography, East Lansing, MI, United States
Conveners:  Heidi Asbjornsen, University of New Hampshire Main Campus, Durham, NH, United States and Amy E Hessl, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Yaling Liu1, Mohamad Issa Hejazi2, Chris R Vernon3, Xinya Li3, Yannick Le Page4 and Katherine V Calvin5, (1)Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Richland, WA, United States, (2)Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States, (3)Pacific Northwest National Lab, Richland, WA, United States, (4)Centro de Estudos Florestais, Instituto Superior de Agronomia. Universidade de Lisboa, Department Tapada da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal, (5)Joint Global Change Research Institute, College Park, MD, United States
Katherine Nelson, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States and Emily Kay Burchfield, Utah State University, Department of Environment and Society, Logan, UT, United States