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Rodela, Romina, Ph.D.
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Rodela, R., Ligtenberg, A. & Bosma, R. (2019). Conceptualizing serious games as a learning-based intervention in the context of natural resources and environmental governance. Water, 11(2), Article ID 245.
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2019 (English)In: Water, ISSN 2073-4441, E-ISSN 2073-4441, Vol. 11, no 2, article id 245Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of serious games in the governance of natural resources and the environment is progressively increasing and includes games used for research and data collection, teaching and training, and fostering a change of practices. However, this diversity remains underexplored and underreported. In view of a growing interest in the use of serious games in natural resource and environmental governance, the absence of discussions about how differences in intended use and delivery influence the performance, assessment, and outcomes of games is problematic. Here we present an inventory, and a description, of such different uses then, by focusing on serious games used as interventions, we discuss when, and how, games could be used to generate learning and social learning. To that end we use a narrative review of selected literature, and insight from research on social learning, to develop an inventory of game use, and within that inventory we conceptualize the use of serious games as a social learning intervention. Also, by means of an illustrative case of a serious game (developed as part of the Assessing the Learning Effects of Games on Attitude of Stakeholders toward Sustainable Shrimp Farming - ALEGAMS research project) we reflect on a few key aspects of game use. We suggest that developing a serious game needs several iterations and, although the learning outcomes can be assessed, the impact of games aiming at changes in current practice and policy will likely fall beyond the timespan of usual project periods. This is something future research should consider as it has implications for the research design and methodology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
Keywords
Aquaculture, Learning-based intervention, Mangrove, Mekong Delta, Role-playing games, Serious games, Social learning, Transformative change, Natural resources, Role-playing game, Decapoda (Crustacea)
National Category
Learning Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37759 (URN)10.3390/w11020245 (DOI)2-s2.0-85060994882 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-02-26 Created: 2019-02-26 Last updated: 2019-02-26Bibliographically approved
Rodela, R. & Gerger Swartling, Å. (2019). Environmental governance in an increasingly complex world: Reflections on transdisciplinary collaborations for knowledge coproduction and learning. Environmental Policy and Governance
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Environmental governance in an increasingly complex world: Reflections on transdisciplinary collaborations for knowledge coproduction and learning
2019 (English)In: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, E-ISSN 1756-9338Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37783 (URN)10.1002/eet.1842 (DOI)2-s2.0-85061575382 (Scopus ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Local ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Archive number)192/3.1.1/2013 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental Governance in Context
Funder
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchThe Foundation for Baltic and East European StudiesSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Available from: 2019-03-01 Created: 2019-03-01 Last updated: 2019-03-01Bibliographically approved
Tran, T. A. & Rodela, R. (2019). Integrating farmers’ adaptive knowledge into flood management and adaptation policies in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: A social learning perspective. Global Environmental Change, 55, 84-96
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integrating farmers’ adaptive knowledge into flood management and adaptation policies in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: A social learning perspective
2019 (English)In: Global Environmental Change, ISSN 0959-3780, E-ISSN 1872-9495, Vol. 55, p. 84-96Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Flood management and adaptation are important elements in sustaining farming production in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta (VMD). While over the past decades hydraulic development introduced by the central government has substantially benefited the rural economy, it has simultaneously caused multiple barriers to rural adaptation. We investigate the relational practices (i.e., learning interactions) taking place within and across the flood management and adaptation boundaries from the perspective of social learning. We explore whether and how adaptive knowledge (i.e., experimental and experiential knowledge) derived from farmers’ everyday adaptation practices contributes to local flood management and adaptation policies in the selected areas. We collected data through nine focus groups with farmers and thirty-three interviews with government officials, environmental scientists, and farmers. Qualitative analysis suggests that such processes are largely shaped by the institutional context where the boundary is embedded. This study found that while the highly bureaucratic operation of flood management creates constraints for feedback, the more informal arrangements set in place at the local level provide flexible platforms conducive to open communication, collaborative learning, and exchange of knowledge among the different actors. This study highlights the pivotal role of shadow systems that provide space for establishing and maintaining informal interactions and relationships between social actors (e.g., interactions between farmers and extension officials) in stimulating and influencing, from the bottom-up, the emergence of adaptive knowledge about flood management and adaptation in a local context. 

Keywords
Adaptation, Flood management, Knowledge brokers, Mekong Delta, Shadow systems, Social learning, Vietnamese
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37758 (URN)10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.02.004 (DOI)2-s2.0-85061431703 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-02-26 Created: 2019-02-26 Last updated: 2019-02-26Bibliographically approved
Rodela, R., Tucker, C. M., Šmid-Hribar, M., Sigura, M., Bogataj, N., Urbanc, M. & Gunya, A. (2019). Intersections of ecosystem services and common-pool resources literature: An interdisciplinary encounter. Environmental Science and Policy, 94, 72-81
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intersections of ecosystem services and common-pool resources literature: An interdisciplinary encounter
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2019 (English)In: Environmental Science and Policy, ISSN 1462-9011, E-ISSN 1873-6416, Vol. 94, p. 72-81Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Interdisciplinary research is understood to be the preferred way for scientific research to deepen understanding about environmental issues and challenges for sustainability. Two well-defined interdisciplinairy research fields, Ecosystems services (ES) and Common-pool resources (CPR), have taken different approaches that integrate the natural and social sciences to address environmental conundrums collaboratively. Several recent studies bring together insight from each, yet little is known about the breadth or directions, of the interdisciplinary conversation between the two fields of research. Moreover, the potential of this interaction to advance theory and practice relevant for sustainability is underexplored. The purpose of this study is to fill this gap by addressing three questions: 1) What are the motives for the interaction between CPR and ES fields?, 2) How are these two fields of research interacting?, and 3) How does the interaction of CPR and ES contribute to research on sustainability? We conducted a systematic map to identify, select, describe and analyse research of our interest. We mapped out motivations for researchers to bring together insights from these two lines of inquiry and examined how they are doing so.

Keywords
Interdisciplinarity, Ecosystem services, Common-pool resources, Systematic map, Sustainability, Commons
National Category
Environmental Sciences Political Science
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37400 (URN)10.1016/j.envsci.2018.12.021 (DOI)2-s2.0-85060064395 (Scopus ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Local ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Archive number)192/3.1.1/2013 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental governance in context: a study of process dynamics, contextual features and outcomes in four empirical cases
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2019-01-24 Created: 2019-01-24 Last updated: 2019-02-05Bibliographically approved
Suškevičs, M., Hahn, T. & Rodela, R. (2019). Process and Contextual Factors Supporting Action-Oriented Learning: A Thematic Synthesis of Empirical Literature in Natural Resource Management. Society & Natural Resources, 1-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Process and Contextual Factors Supporting Action-Oriented Learning: A Thematic Synthesis of Empirical Literature in Natural Resource Management
2019 (English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Despite a long-term focus on learning in natural resource management (NRM), it is still debated how learning supports sustainable real-world NRM practices. We offer a qualitative in-depth synthesis of selected scientific empirical literature (N = 53), which explores factors affecting action-oriented learning. We inductively identify eight key process-based and contextual factors discussed in this literature. Three patterns emerge from our results. First, the literature discusses both facilitated participation and self-organized collaboration as dialogical spaces, which bridge interests and support constructive conflict management. Second, the literature suggests practice-based dialogs as those best able to facilitate action and puts a strong emphasis on experimentation. Finally, not emphasized in existing reviews and syntheses, we found multiple evidence about certain contextual factors affecting learning, including social-ecological crises, complexity, and power structures. Our review also points at important knowledge gaps, which can be used to advance the current research agenda about learning and NRM.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
ecosystem governance, intermediaries, qualitative review, social-ecological systems, social learning, structural constraints
National Category
Environmental Sciences Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37983 (URN)10.1080/08941920.2019.1569287 (DOI)192/3.1.1/2013 (Local ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Archive number)192/3.1.1/2013 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental Governance in Context
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2019-04-08 Created: 2019-04-08 Last updated: 2019-04-08Bibliographically approved
Nguyen, P., Rodela, R., Bosma, R., Bregt, A. & Ligtenberg, A. (2018). An Investigation of the Role of Social Dynamics in Conversion to Sustainable Integrated Mangrove-Shrimp Farming in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam. Singapore journal of tropical geography, 39(3), 421-437
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Investigation of the Role of Social Dynamics in Conversion to Sustainable Integrated Mangrove-Shrimp Farming in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam
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2018 (English)In: Singapore journal of tropical geography, ISSN 0129-7619, E-ISSN 1467-9493, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 421-437Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the coastal area of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, much of the mangrove forest has been cut to make space for expansion of industry and aquaculture. Export-oriented shrimp farming is a particularly fast-growing business. Nonetheless, the importance of tropical mangrove forest ecosystems for coastal protection and marine biodiversity is widely recognized. The Vietnamese government, supported by non-governmental organizations and donors, has sought to restore mangrove forest. To this end, the government has promoted mixed or integrated mangrove-shrimp systems in which farmers maintain at least 40 per cent of their area under mangrove cover. Since 2012, mangrove reforestation, care and protection has benefited from local authority stimulus as well. Multiple studies have examined the condition of the mangrove forest in Ben Tre and other coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta. However, no research has investigated the role of social dynamics in farmers' willingness to shift to, or maintain, integrated mangrove-shrimp systems. Specifically, the influence of information, group dynamics and social learning on farmer decision-making is poorly understood and, indeed, hardly investigated in Vietnam. This article reports on a study of social processes in three communes in Binh Dai District, Ben Tre Province, Vietnam. We conducted 42 semi-structured interviews (with 34 farmers and eight local officials) and used secondary data. Our preliminary findings indicate that social dynamics in these communes were issue-driven and played an important role in farmers' decisions to adopt, or convert to, the integrated mangrove-shrimp farming system. Television, radio, the internet, books, neighbours and training courses all had some influence in farmer decision-making processes. However, our findings suggest that the accessibility, usefulness, relevance and approach of these communication methods must be improved if they are to adequately inform and support local farmers.

Keywords
Integrated mangrove-shrimp farming system, Learning, Mangrove restoration, Mekong Delta, Networks, Vietnam
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34870 (URN)10.1111/sjtg.12238 (DOI)000443700200007 ()2-s2.0-85044943759 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-04-23 Created: 2018-04-23 Last updated: 2018-09-25Bibliographically approved
Suškevičs, M., Hahn, T., Rodela, R., Macura, B. & Pahl-Wostl, C. (2018). Learning for social-ecological change: a qualitative review of outcomes across empirical literature in natural resource management. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 61(7), 1085-1112
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 61, no 7, p. 1085-1112Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Learning is considered as a promising mechanism to cope with rapid environmental change. The implications of learning for natural resource management (NRM) have not been explored in-depth and the evidence on the topic is scattered across multiple sources. We provide a qualitative review of types of learning outcomes and consider their manifestations in NRM across selected empirical literature. We conducted a systematic search of the peer-reviewed literature (N = 1,223) and a qualitative meta-synthesis of included articles, with an explicit focus on learning outcomes and NRM changes (N = 53). Besides social learning, we found several learning concepts used, including policy and transformative learning, and multiple links between learning and NRM reported. We observe that the development of skills, together with a system approach involving multi-level capacities, is decisive for implications of learning for NRM. Future reviews could systematically compare how primary research applies different learning concepts and discusses links between learning and NRM changes.

Keywords
action-orientation, institutional change, qualitative analysis, social learning, transformative change
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33142 (URN)10.1080/09640568.2017.1339594 (DOI)000431701100001 ()2-s2.0-85024479402 (Scopus ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Local ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Archive number)192/3.1.1/2013 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental governance in context: a study of process dynamics, contextual features and outcomes in four empirical cases
Funder
Swedish InstituteMistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchThe Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2017-08-22 Created: 2017-08-22 Last updated: 2018-09-13Bibliographically approved
Raymond, C., Gulsrud, N., Rodela, R., Randrup, T. & Hegelund, S. (2018). Rethinking urban nature to promote human well-being and livelihoods.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rethinking urban nature to promote human well-being and livelihoods
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2018 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

On the 25th January, 25 researchers, social entrepreneurs and policy makers attended a MOVIUM and SLU Urban Futures funded workshop on “Rethinking urban nature to promote human well-being and livelihoods”.  The objectives of the workshop were to identify and discuss integrated digital, social and nature solutions for the use, management and governance of urban nature in the City of Malmö; and to provide a platform for knowledge sharing and networking between researchers and practitioners.

Multiple enlightening presentations on how to plan, design and manage urban nature were provided by the cities of Malmö and Copenhagen, social entrepreneurs and academics. Each presentation guided a creative workshop activity that involved four groups creating an integrated solution using Lego and other materials to address the concerns of citizens presented in different scenarios relevant to the use and management of urban nature in Malmö.  Each group was asked to present their presentation to the wider group, what inspired them the most from the workshop activity and how their understanding of integrated solutions in urban nature changed over the day. This report presents a summary of each group’s creations and findings.

Publisher
p. 5
Series
MOVIUM and SLU Urban Futures Workshop Report
National Category
Biological Sciences Social Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34549 (URN)
Available from: 2018-02-06 Created: 2018-02-06 Last updated: 2018-02-09Bibliographically approved
Rodela, R., Pérez-Soba, M., Bregt, A. & Verweij, P. (2018). Spatial decision support systems: Exploring differences in pilot-testing with students vs. professionals. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 72, 204-211
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spatial decision support systems: Exploring differences in pilot-testing with students vs. professionals
2018 (English)In: Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, ISSN 0198-9715, E-ISSN 1873-7587, Vol. 72, p. 204-211Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the implications of engaging students vs. professionals / stakeholders in pilot-testing of SDSS and discusses likely differences in terms of experiences and outcomes for the given pilot-test. To this end we use data collected during two pilot tests of a novel SDSS. The pilot-tests were done with two different groups; one made of thirteen doctoral students, while the other of twelve professionals / stakeholders. The pilot-test served to gather feedback on SDSS usability and other aspects of interest to the development team. Based on the outcomes obtained we develop an analytical framework meant to summarise key aspects impacting on how different (tester) profiles will engage during a pilot, and on feedback they provide. These key aspects include expertise, stage of life, and institutional context (ESI). This framework could offer some help to SDSS / DSS development teams in planning, organizing, and delivering pilot-test, and processing the assessments received.

Keywords
spatial decision support systems, SDSS, DSS, environmental issues, convenience samples, students as research subjects, pilot-testing
National Category
Software Engineering Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35798 (URN)10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2018.06.011 (DOI)000447102000017 ()2-s2.0-85049427942 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-07-06 Created: 2018-07-06 Last updated: 2018-11-01Bibliographically approved
Bonca, S., Udovc, A. & Rodela, R. (2017). A social marketing perspective on road freight transportation of fresh fruits and vegetables: a Slovene case. Ekonomska Istrazivanja, 30(1), 1132-1151
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A social marketing perspective on road freight transportation of fresh fruits and vegetables: a Slovene case
2017 (English)In: Ekonomska Istrazivanja, ISSN 1331-677X, E-ISSN 1848-9664, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 1132-1151Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the large increase in transportation over the last decades and the associated negative impacts upon the environment and society, a more sustainable use of transport is a crucial policy issue. This analysis focuses on road freight transport of selected produce (carrots, cabbage, apples and pears) with the aim to appraise the sustainability of road freight transport of these for the Slovene market. To this end, we take into account self-sufficiency, import and export features, transport needs, produce origin and prices differences between domestic and non-domestic produce. The method used for obtaining transported quantities, exported from and imported to the county, was material flow accounts (MFA). Then we undertook an analysis of sustainability of road transport of produce where we considered the country's transport needs. The study finds that road freight transport for selected produce is not sustainable. Recognising the normative dimensions of sustainability, the role of social marketing in this context is explored and suggestions on how to promote more sustainable transport solutions advanced.

Keywords
Self-sufficiency, freight transport, import, sustainability, social marketing, Slovenia
National Category
Environmental Sciences Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32729 (URN)10.1080/1331677X.2017.1314820 (DOI)000401855600001 ()2-s2.0-85045834999 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-06-08 Created: 2017-06-08 Last updated: 2018-05-16Bibliographically approved
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