Methodological Pluralism: Which research methods can/should be used for studying biodiversity and ecosystem services in a changing climate?
Rather than looking at specific methods the seminar wants to inspire critical reflections on methodological choices and issues. It also hopes to engage BECC scholars to build cross-disciplinary knowledge focusing on methods. The seminar has invited researchers to reflect on a few themes relevant to the overarching topic of methodological pluralism. The first theme is on quantitative and qualitative research. It addresses the question of what the value/contribution of quantitative and qualitative research is in BECC by relating this to the potentials and pitfalls of using different methodologies, such as modelling, scenarios and narratives. The second theme discusses methodological choices in relation to the output, are some methods/approaches more useful to society and for solving BECC relevant problems. It does this by asking whether constructivist or critical theory can also be relevant in BECC research and what are benefits and problems of problem solving theories or when methodologies rely or make use of stakeholder engagement. The final theme introduced is the question of how the human or societal dimension can be integrated into research on natural processes. The seminar consists of short thought-provoking presentations by BECC scholars on the different themes and it includes ample room for discussions.
Please sign up to the seminar at the latest on March 24. Lunch and coffee/tea will be provided to the participants.
BECC pays for travel for researchers travelling to a BECC event. The university that you are employed at pays for your travel. Both Lund University and University of Gothenburg has an agreement with the travel agency Egencia. You will find information about travel here.
9.15-9.45 Introduction (Annica Kronsell) Theme: Should we do Quantitative or Qualitative research to deal with BECC challenges? (Ben Smith, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Johanna Alkan Olsson, CEC) Reflections and QA (Johan Ekros, CEC, moderator)
10.00-10.45 Theme: Can critical research solve BECC challenges or are problem solving approaches the only useful ones? (Jonathan Seaquist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science,
Ulrika Palme, Chalmers, Annica Kronsell, Political Science)
11-11.20 Theme: Can the Natural, Human and Social Dimensions be integrated? How?
Henrik Thorén, Philosphy
11.20-12 Reflections and Discussion (Kimberly Nicholas, LUCSUS, moderator)