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Séminaire exceptionnel Patrick Meyfroidt (Université Catholique de Louvain)

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SÉMINAIRE EXCEPTIONNEL
PATRICK MEYFROIDT

Université Catholique de Louvain


Middle-range theories
of land system change

 

Abstract

Building on a collective effort by many researchers from the land system science community and beyond, I argue that after decades of accumulating scientific work, our community is now in a position to consolidate theoretical insights on the dynamics of land systems in a way that both (i) builds on the very strong interdisciplinary character of land system science, and (ii) navigates the balance between generalization and contingency.
 
We build on the idea of "middle-range" theory, coming from sociologist Robert Merton, which strives for a balance between highly stylized narratives from "grand theories" and ad hoc explanations of singular cases. Here, we define middle-range theories as contextual generalizations that describe chains of causal mechanisms explaining a well-bounded range of phenomena, as well as the conditions that trigger, enable, or prevent these causal chains. 

Mai 2019
15
12h à 13h30
 CIRED
Nogent-sur-Marne
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Séminaire
déjeunatoire
avec plateau repas
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En raison du nombre
de places limité, l'inscription (présentielle ou en visio) au séminaire est obligatoire. 
INSCRIPTION
I will discuss the different theories explaining changes in land-use extent and intensity, such as deforestation, agricultural intensification, or frontier development. I then synthesize them into middle-range theories of higher-level processes of land system changes, focusing on land-use spillovers and land-use transitions as non-linear, structural changes, including processes of land sparing and rebound-effect, leakage and indirect land-use change, and forest transitions.
 
Le séminaire aura lieu dans la salle de réunion du CIRED.

Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale de Paris
45bis, Avenue de la Belle Gabrielle - Nogent-sur-Marne
Contact: 01 43 94 73 63

RER A - Station Nogent-Sur Marne. Voir le plan d'accès






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