Significance of telecoupling for exploration of land-use change

Eakin, Hallie; DeFries, Ruth; Kerr, Suzi; Lambin, Eric F.; Liu, Jianguo; Marcotullio, Peter J.; Messerli, Peter; Reenberg, Anette; Rueda, Ximena; Swaffield, Simon R.; Wicke, Birka; Zimmerer, Karl (2014). Significance of telecoupling for exploration of land-use change. In: Seto, Karen C.; Reenberg, Anette (eds.) Rethinking global land use in an urban era. Strüngmann Forum Reports: Vol. 14 (pp. 141-161). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

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Land systems are increasingly influenced by distal connections: the externalities and unintended consequences of social and ecological processes which occur in distant locations, and the feedback mechanisms that lead to new institutional developments and governance arrangements. Economic globalization and urbanization accentuate these novel telecoupling relationships. The prevalence of telecoupling in land systems demands new approaches to research and analysis in land science. This chapter presents a working definition of a telecoupled system, emphasizing the role of governance and institutional change in telecoupled interactions. The social, institutional, and ecological processes and conditions through which telecoupling emerges are described. The analysis of these relationships in land science demands both integrative and diverse epistemological perspectives and methods. Such analyses require a focus on how the motivations and values of social actors relate to telecoupling processes, as well as on the mechanisms that produce unanticipated outcomes and feedback relationships among distal land systems.

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10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Messerli, Peter


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law




Strüngmann Forum Reports


MIT Press




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