Methods and global environmental governance


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