Collection launched: 27 Nov 2020
The study of the governance of SESs has experienced a number of challenges that we see being addressed in the papers from this special issue. The main challenge is how to capture the complexity of SESs, i.e. how to document changes over time at different levels of scale of both social and ecological phenomena. Not only do we not have a widely agreed upon framework to study SESs, but a practical problem is to understand causal relationships. Both Cox (2011) and Pérez et al. (2011) discuss the challenge of causality and the difference between driving causes and more proximate causation.