Discussing Complexity and Environmental Policy to honor Elinor Ostrom

Discussing Complexity and Environmental Policy to honor Elinor Ostrom

We were pleased to address the topic of complexity to honor Lin’s exceptional personality on the date of her planned second visit of Slovakia, October 24, 2012 at Male kongresove centrum SAV. Participants shared personal experiences with her, discussed her extraordinary research and contribution to current knowledge in social sciences. Main panelists included Daniel W. Bromley from University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), Jouni Paavola from University of Leeds (UK) and Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská from CETIP (both Bratislava).Discussion was moderated by Maroš Finka from Slovak University of Technology.

 

What is the way forward? How do we address complexity in a global arena? How does uncertainty of information, future policy options and fragility of social and ecological systems affect prospects of Earth system governance? Questioning simple theoretical models to prescribe universal solutions by developing a common, classificatory framework to facilitate efforts toward a better understanding of complex social-ecological systems has placed complexity in a dominant position of Lin’s research over the last decade. “Complexity is not the same as chaos”, said Elinor Ostrom in Stockholm after being awarded Nobel prize in 2009 for her groundbreaking research demostrating that individuals and groups are capable of crafting rules and institutions that allow for sustainable and equitable management of shared resources, the commons. She wass born on August 7, 1933 in Los Angeles and died on June12, 2012 in Bloomington (US).

Event was organized by the Center for the Study of Institutions, Evolution and Policies, Institute of Management, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and other partners with contribution of Tatra Banka foundation.