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Sandra Pinel, Antioch University New England


The Governance Working Group was formed at the first MtnSEON annual meeting in 2013, by Greg Greenwood, Sandra Pinel, and Mike Evans, to address the structure and process of how decisions are made and where science fits into this complex process among agencies, local and tribal governments, scientists, and other sources of knowledge and action. The group has grown internationally. Through the development of papers, conference sessions and a Belmont Forum Grant proposal, the group is applying a social ecological systems framework and engaged research methodology to the following two research questions: 1) How can scientific information support equitable and effective decision-making toward resilience? and 2) How are institutions developed at multiple scales to apply science and local and indigenous knowledge in decisions to address the persistent problems of scale and inequitable local capacity in complex peri-urban and rural regions? The project first synthesizes institutional analysis frameworks from legal studies, watershed governance, political economy, and regional planning and then applies the framework to draw lessons from comparing case studies of watershed governance in metropolitan and rural mountain landscapes.


Building upon the comments received from the June 2015 submitted comparative grant proposal to the Belmont Forum to submit two other proposals: one that is Latin American case study oriented to the Tinker Foundation, and one to the National Science Foundation, Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) building on the work of members in EPSCoR.

July 2016 Governance Roundtable accepted for the World Planning Schools Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where we will further develop collaborative research paper and funding plans as begun below and for the Belmont. 

October 2015 participation and group growth at the Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth conference - 2 papers and transboundary governance roundtable as well as agendas forward from the transdisciplinary science sessions. 

Developing the framework and comparative paper of peri-urban and rural mountain governance studies focused on regional institutional building. The concept also presented at the UN Man and the Biosphere 4th Congress in Lima, Peru, March 2016.

Proposal June 1, 2015 to Belmont Forum for $738,000, 3 years: Building Local and Regional Institutional Capacity to Govern Complex Mountain Landscapes -- Improving Governance Theory and Adaptive Management Practice in Mountain Systems (not funded but the base of current work).  

Roundtable at World Planning Schools Congress, July 2016: Overcoming Limits of Decentralization for Adaptive Governance: Comparisons of Regional Institution Building Across Rural to Urban and Rural Mountain Watersheds of the Americas, Authors: Sandra Pinel, Antioch University New England, USA; Pablo Torres Lima, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico; Fausto López, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador; Manuel Peralvo, CONSESAN, Ecuador; Paulo S. de Almeida, Universidad de Saõ Paulo, Brazil.

Paper presented, October 2016: Is “Local” Enough in Climate Change And Regional Institution Building From Three Landscapes of the Americas, Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth. Being developed as manuscript for World Development. Proposed for Frontiers. 

Stakeholders in science: new models of knowledge production for climate change. Authors, Nicole L. Klenk, Katie Meehan, Sandra Lee Pinel, Fabian Mendez, Pablo Torres Lima, Daniel M. Kammen, Published in Science, November 13, 2015. 

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