Cross scale notes
HOW TO DO CROSS-SCALE RESEARCH
HOW TO DO CROSS-SCALE DECISION-MAKING
How do people operationalize scale differences?
What kinds of scales are we talking about?
- Policy scale
- Individual scale (local/global scaling)
- Natural scale
How do individual actions translate to global impacts?
- In the context of globalization, how does individual action affect change (collective action)
- Collective efficacy (e.g. neighborhood watch)
- Ecosystem valuation may be one way to force global scale problems to the individual decision-making scale
Different Scales = different decisions and outcomes
- “jumping” scales can be useful to invoke political structures for change
- differential access to decision-makers at various levels à this leads to justice concerns
Social capital typology could be useful in providing a conceptual framework for checking connections between scales. Also can be equated to ecological systems:
- communication within community
- communication b/n communities
- communication from community to higher level
Different spatial scales operate at different temporal scales (i.e. nested hierarchies from Panarchy)
Very slow and very fast processes are difficult to detect
Appropriate time scale depends on definition of sustainability
[We also talked a bit about the definition of sustainability as a process. We likened it to feminism, which is constantly adapting and changing as a social movement]
- We need to be explicit about the scale at which we’re working.
- We should work collaboratively with folks working on similar issues at different scales
- It is important to keep in mind that we ultimately construct scales
- When developing models, it’s important to try out different scales and compare to see if results differ, to identify when there’s too much noise, etc. to determine which scale is appropriate
- We need to work with scientists studying cognition to understand what drives individual action