Social-ecological system approach to coral reefs sustainability management :
Operationalizing global social-ecological frameworks to inform local coral reef sustainability management.


Location: CRIOBE, 52 avenue Paul Alduy, Université de Perpignan, France
Salary: between 32280€ and 47917€ gross per annum, depending on experience


Despite ever increasing conservation efforts, the decline of coral reefs remains a major global issue. The integration of a transdisciplinary systemic perspective from the social-ecological sciences in the fields of development, conservation and management of natural resources can improve the level of equity and coordination between individual initiatives and effectiveness of the whole. To date, attempts to integrate ecocentric and sociocentric approaches have mainly focused on the search for trade-offs between ecological and social components of social-ecological systems. A methodological framework1 has recently been developed to promote the identification of synergies in the choice of interventions to manage human-resource systems. However, this framework has not been tested on a more regional scale that would answer the following questions: Do the different characteristics of coral reef social-ecological systems, particularly in the French overseas territories, call for types of particular interventions? Can a typology of favorable interventions by site, archipelago or region be made? What types of interventions are most likely to remain viable under regional climate change scenarios? What types of intervention are most likely to remain adapted to future socio-cultural and socio-economic regional transformations? What are the risks and uncertainties associated with these scenarios? These are all questions that SYNERGY will attempt to answer. The general objective of SYNERGY is to broaden the conceptual, historical and geographicalscope of the analysis of the HumanReef relationships to propose fit-to-purpose, systemic and operational management measures. We wish to develop an evaluation framework that makes it possible to better identify, and propose in a transparent manner, management measures for sustainability, adapted to each study region and adaptable to various sites within these regions. The project will be based on a set of Human-Reef relationships and will try to bring out the regional particularities. The SYNERGY partnership will produce original, solution-oriented research based on the synthesis of multiple existing datasets on social and ecological conditions in coral reef social-ecological systems. Through engaging a transdisciplinary team of leading academics from LabEx CORAIL partners (e.g., ENTROPIE, CREDO, BOREA research laboratories), our group will challenge disciplinary boundaries and forge creative connections between these groups and disciplines.

Your role

The post-doc is expected to:

  • Assess how existing global initiatives (e.g., IPBES multiple values framework, Nature Futures framework) can be operationalized at multiple scales, from local to global, to inform coral reef sustainability management;
  • Adapt existing global initiatives to incorporate the multiplicity of Human-Reefs relationships; - Perform data analysis to extract socio-ecological patterns at various scales;
  • Lead peer-reviewed papers based on this work;
  • Assist the coordination of the SYNERGY project;
  • Contribute to the building, standardization and implementation of a shared social-ecological monitoring framework among project partners;
  • Work alongside project partners to generate a practical and feasible multi-site engagement strategy to implement and scale up best practices for improving sustainability management in coral reefs.

Contacts : Joachim ClaudetMohsen Kayal, and Sébastien Galliot.


More infos about LABEX CORAIL 

Encadrant(s) ENTROPIE :

Joachim Claudet (CNRS/CRIOBE, Paris)

Sébastien Galliot (CNRS/CREDO, Marseille)