Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Adaptation to Social Ecological System Shocks: Transformation in San Diego's Water Institutions and Culture between 1990 and 2010
by Dennis, Evan Marks, Ph.D., Indiana University, 2018, 277; 10830114
Abstract (Summary)

Between 1990 and 2010 changing perceptions of water-scarcity and evolving adaptation strategies to water stress transformed water management in San Diego, California. This project examines how perceptions of water scarcity affect the programmatic variety, geographic scale, and types of adaptations that are undertaken. It also investigates whether a cultural consensus developed within San Diego County as a whole about what causes particular water problems. Lastly, the research shows how adaptation responses to the collective action problem of water provisioning contributed to resolving the other collective action problems of wastewater production and water conservation. The project presents San Diego as an example of polycentric governance arrangements that were adaptive to the challenges of a changing social-ecological system.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brondizio, Eduardo S.
Commitee: Fischer, Burnell, Osterdhoudt, Sarah, Tucker, Catherine
School: Indiana University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Water Resource Management, Public administration
Keywords: Anthropology, California, Institutional analysis, Polycentricity, Social ecological system, Water management
Publication Number: 10830114
ISBN: 978-0-438-11554-5
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