M3 – Lesson #1 Biosphere Reserves as social-ecological systems

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Esteve Corbera Elizalde, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Esteve Corbera is a Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), where he co-chairs the Laboratory for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Systmes in a Globalised world. He is an environmental social scientist who stodies human nature relationships, and the impact of social, policy and environmental change of resource governance. He holds a PhD in Development Studies, an MSc in Natural Resource Management and Development (University of East Anglia), a postgraduate degree in environmental management (University of Barcelona), and a BSc in Environmental Sciences (UAB).


Biosphere Reserves (BRs) can be interpreted as a socio-ecological system (SES): an ecological unit embedded with its socio-cultural part. In this capsule, Dr Esteve Corbera will explain us what are the features that characterize a SES, and how the theoretical framework applies to BRs.

Suggested Reading

Adaptive governance of social-ecological systems, Folke et al. (2005) [PDF]

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