Update on “Alternation between complexities of situation studied and the situation of the studier: A series of writing projects”

I provide an update on the ambitious writing plan I formulated during a workshop in October 2016 and posted in February 2017. The “alternation” referred to in the title of the posts concerns the insufficiency of critical accounts of science—its concepts or its practice—without also exploring how people come together to make changes in the […]

Alternation between complexities of situation studied and the situation of the studier: A series of writing projects

Let me share the ambitious writing plan I formulated during a workshop last October, given the need I see to feel generative not only reactive when making one’s work and life in the turbulent politics of the USA today.

Learning from experience in the past and elsewhere to prepare one’s community for epidemics that may or may not happen

This “Design sketch” is to initiate a series of Collaborative Explorations (CEs) in one’s community on a range of angles on epidemics and community responses. It arose for Case 3 for the session, “Gathering into Community,” of Design for Living Complexities, 

Historical scans and Situational Analysis

Here are some quick reflections and questions about Situational Analysis (SA), a qualitative research approach based on grounded theory (Clarke 2005). Central to SA are maps of the complexity of considerations, social worlds, relationships, and positions. The goal is to capture the situation as it is experienced and relevant to the people working and living in it. A key […]

Political ecology as a fertile site for social theorizing

During the 1990s political ecology became an active field of inquiry into environmental degradation and, sometimes, environmental restoration. Political ecology also had the potential to contribute to the process of social theorizing, which stemmed from the implications of what this paper calls “intersecting processes.” This term signifies that political ecological analyses attempt to make sense […]

An individual contribution to synthesis into the proposed research agenda linking biogeophysical and socioeconomic systems

Peter Taylor, 7 June 2000, with subsequent minor revisions (Prepared during an NSF agenda-setting workshop in 2000) Preamble Q: Why should society want research on linkages between biogeophysical (BGP) and socioeconomic (SE) systems? A: So that vulnerability of BGP and SE systems can be reduced and adaptability enhanced. Indeed, effective research on vulnerability and adaptability […]