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Open Access Crisis-induced disruptions in place-based social-ecological research ‐ an opportunity for redirection

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Place-based research faces multiple threats, including both natural and global health hazards and political conflicts, which may disrupt fieldwork. The current COVID-19 pandemic shows how these threats can drastically affect social-ecological research activities given its engagement with different local stakeholders, disciplines, and knowledge systems. The crisis reveals the need for adaptive research designs while also providing an opportunity for a structural shift towards a more sustainable and inclusive research landscape.

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Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; crisis; disruptions; fieldwork; social-ecological research

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany 2: University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany 3: University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany 4: University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom 5: Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany 6: Leuphana University Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany 7: Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany 8: Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany, and University of Bamen da, Bamenda, Cameroon 9: Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, Germany 10: United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn, Germany 11: University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria 12: University of Kassel and University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany 13: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Publication date: July 15, 2021

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