Mediating science and action across multiple boundaries in the Coral Triangle

Journal Article

Abstract:

This study seeks to refine literature on boundary work by exploring how stakeholders in the Coral Triangle Initiative, an international agreement between six countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, are forging relations across various domains and governance levels, and the outcomes of this process. We do this in an effort to increase its relevance to multi-level environmental governance, and understand the challenges that face such governance. We are also interested in the pathways leading to policy outcomes that are perceived as salient, credible, and legitimate to all stakeholders involved in governance. The study shows that boundary work is challenged by resource inequalities resulting in limited knowledge diversity, blurred boundaries between science and politics, and misaligned scales. We conclude that boundary work has an important temporal dimension that has often been neglected, and that literature on boundary work must provide a conceptual guide to understand tradeoffs arising as a result of stakeholders’ various strategies to engage in boundary work.

Citation: Von Heland, F., B. Crona, and P. Fidelman. 2014. Mediating science and action across multiple boundaries in the Coral Triangle. Global Environmental Change 29:53-64.

Keywords: Boundary work, Hybrid management, Science-policy, Multi-level environmental governance, Coral Triangle Initiative