Chad Boda selected for trip to Tokyo to present PhD work

LUCID PhD candidate, Chad Boda, will present some of the work from his PhD project at the upcoming 3rd GPSS-GLI (Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Institute) International Symposium at the Univeristy of Tokyo on the 19th and 20th of January.

Researchers at a select group of sustainability research institutes (Center for Sustainability Studies at Lund University, the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, the Sustainability Institute at Stellenbosch University and the Asian Institute of Technology) were invited to submit video poster-presentations of their work as it related to the theme of the conference: “How can we build “Kizuna” for sustainability? An ecological perspective.” Kizuna is a Japanese word that means linakge or bond between people. The poster Chad presented represents and article co-authored with LUCID graduate Vasna Ramasar and is titled “Managing complexity for sustainable coastal zones”. It proposes strategies for managing barrier islands in the context of cross-level and cross-scale interactions in mutliple domains, be they spatial, temporal or organisational/institutional. Chad’s presentation won him a trip to Tokyo to present his work in person at the conference, where the others who submitted videos will present virtually. Congratulations Chad and Vasna! Watch this space for Chad’s video…

Here is the poster for the presentation and below is abstract of the article:

“The world’s coastal zones, the thin strips of land within 100km of the shoreline, are of greater importance for sustainability than their spatial extent might suggest. Balancing the often conflicting needs of society and ecology in coastal management is necessary if the world’s growing coastal settlements are to remain liveable in a future characterized by global environmental change and expanding human populations. The social and ecological characteristics of the coastal zone transcend a variety of scales and levels, necessitating a cross-scalar and cross-level perspective in research and management practice. In this article we draw on an exemplary case from the Atlantic coast of Florida, USA, as a means to uncover the most prominent and important cross-scale and cross-level interactions implicated in human habitation of the coastal zone over time. We argue that these historical scalar linkages maintain relevance to contemporary coastal management worldwide, though today they are often neglected in management practice. We structure our analysis around six key social-ecological features derived from ongoing doctoral research in the case area, namely: demographic change; land control and property rights; trade and local-global economic links; resource extraction and use; infrastructure and transport development; bio-geomorphology. Through our analysis, we show how the different cross-scale and cross-level linkages associated with these six features intermingle, creating context-based outcomes that complicate planning and pose site-specific challenges for management. We conclude by reviewing promising approaches to addressing such scalar challenges, including institutional interplay, co-management and boundary work,  and argue that such approaches may open up the spaces needed to address persistent cross-scale and cross-level challenges and help facilitate the sustainable management of coastal zones in Florida and around the world. Addressing such scalar challenges should be placed at the core of coastal management research and practice.”

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