Methods and global environmental governance

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This review analyzes the methods being used and developed in global environmental governance (GEG), an applied field that employs insights and tools from a variety of disciplines both to understand pressing environmental problems and to determine how to address them collectively. We find that methods are often underspecified in GEG research. We undertake a critical review of data collection and analysis in three categories: qualitative, quantitative, and modeling and scenario building. We include examples and references from recent studies to show when and how best to utilize these different methods to conduct problem-driven research. GEG problems are often characterized by institutional and issue complexity, linkages, and multiscalarity that pose challenges for many conventional methodological approaches. As a result, given the large methodological toolbox available to applied researchers, we recommend they adopt a reflective, pluralist, and often collaborative approach when choosing methods appropriate to these challenges. © 2013 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • O'Neill, K; Weinthal, E; Marion Suiseeya, KR; Bernstein, S; Cohn, A; Stone, MW; Cashore, B

Published Date

  • October 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 /

Start / End Page

  • 441 - 471

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1543-5938

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1146/annurev-environ-072811-114530

Citation Source

  • Scopus