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Title: Methods and global environmental governance
Authors: Kate O’Neill
Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya
Steven Bernstein
Avery Cohn
Michael W. Stone
Benjamin Cashore 
Keywords: Global environmental governance
Problem-focused research
Methodological pluralism
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2013
Citation: Kate O’Neill, ErikaWeinthal, Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya, Steven Bernstein, Avery Cohn, Michael W. Stone, Benjamin Cashore (2013-10-01). Methods and global environmental governance. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 38 : 441-471. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: 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.
Source Title: Annual Review of Environment and Resources
ISSN: 1543-5938
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-072811-114530
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