Working Papers and Other Writing

Manuscripts Under Review


Cundill, Georgina, James Gambiza, Tally Palmer, Tony Palmer, Michael Schoon and Lawrence Sisitka. “The Importance of Agency in Fractured Governance Contexts”, under review with Journal of Nature Conservation.

Biggs, Duan, Natalie Ban, Bob Pressey, Lance Gunderson, Michael Schoon. “Operationalizing resilience for conservation planning”, under review with Conservation Letters.

Bettis, Anna, Gabrielle Blanchette, and Michael Schoon. “Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Recreation on Rivers and Uplands: Verde Valley, Arizona, USA”, under review with Ecology and Society.

Antoni, Carolin, Humberto Reyes Hernández, Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald, Anuschka van´t Hooft, Michael Schoon. “Socio-ecological dynamic of a tropical agricultural landscape: historical analysis of system change using the adaptive cycle”, under review with Land Use Policy.

Manjana Milkoreit, Jennifer Hodbod, Jacopo Baggio, Karina Benessaiah, Rafael Calderon- Contreras, Jonathan F. Donges, Jean Denis Mathias, Juan Carlos Rocha, Michael Schoon, Saskia E. Werners . “Social Tipping Points in Social-ecological Systems?”, under review with Environmental Research Letters.

Manuscripts in Preparation



Book Reviews

Schoon, Michael L. 2014. “A Review of ‘Eco-Business: A Big-Brand Takeover of Sustainability’ by Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister”. Global Governance 20 (4): forthcoming.

Schoon, Michael L. 2014. “A Review of ‘Transfrontier Conservation Areas: People Living on the Edge’ edited by Jens Andersson, Michel de Garine-Wichatitsky, David H.M. Cumming, Vupenyu Dzingirai and Ken E. Giller”. Global Governance 20 (3): 483-484.

Schoon, Michael L. 2014. “A Review of ‘Comparative Environmental Politics’ edited by Paul Steinberg and Stacy VanDeveer”. Global Governance 20 (2): 350.

Schoon, Michael L. 2013. “A Review of ‘Transforming the Frontier: Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa’ by Bram Büscher”. Global Governance 20 (1): 163.

“A Review of Systemic Management: Sustainable Human Interactions with Ecosystems and the Biosphere by Charles W. Fowler”. 2010. Environmental Conservation 36 (3): 261-262.

“A Review of Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future by Saleem Ali”. 2010.  Global Environmental Politics 10 (3): 150-151.

“A Review of Fairness in International Climate Change Law and Policy by Friedrich Soltau”. 2010.  Environmental Conservation (forthcoming).

Working Papers

Hill Clarvis, Margot and Michael Schoon. 2014. “Business and Resilience: Convergence or Critical Mis-Match?”, University of Geneva Climate Change and Climate Impacts Research Team:

Schoon, Michael, Kehinde Salau, Jacopo Baggio, and Marco Janssen. 2013. “What to Monitor and at which Scale: Fragmented Landscapes and Insights on Large-Scale Conservation Management”, CSID Working Paper Series #CSID-2013-003.

“A Short Historical Overview of the Concepts of Resilience, Vulnerability, and Adaptation”, Working Paper W05-4, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, 2005.

historical_critique of Resilience Working Paper

Reports, Conference Proceedings and Other Publications

Sturle Hauge Simonsen, Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Maja Schlüter, Michael Schoon, Erin Bohensky, Georgina Cundill, Vasilis Dakos, Tim Daw, Karen Kotschy, Anne Leitch, Allyson Quinlan, Garry Peterson, Fredrik Moberg. 2014. “Applying Resilience Thinking: Seven Principles for Building Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems”. Stockholm Resilience Centre. Download Brochure

Schoon, Michael L. 2011. “Commons Complexity and Understanding Transboundary Conservation Areas”. The Commons Digest Issue 10 edited by Alyne Delaney.

Complexity in the Commons

Schoon, Michael L. 2010. Governance and decision-making: Fencing in the Great Limpopo and the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Areas. In A review of the environmental, social and economic impacts of game and veterinary fencing in Africa with particular reference to the Great Limpopo and Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Areas edited by K. Ferguson and J. Hanks. Pretoria, South Africa: University of Pretoria.

Fencing and Governance in the GLTFCA

Schoon, Michael L. 2007. “Institutional Disturbances in Transfrontier Conservation” for the Proceedings of the Parks, Peace and Partnerships Conference.

Schoon, Michael L. and Abigail York. 2006. “The Song Remains the Same: Cooperation and Coordination in Cross-Border Governance from Local to International Scales” for the Proceedings from the Lineae Terrarum International Border Conference.

Schoon, Michael L. 2005. “Do Parks Harm More Than They Help?  The Role of Peace Parks in Improving Robustness in Southern Africa”, published as a chapter in USGS Scientific Investigations Report.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by anne brownin-aiken on May 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I sense you are in transition from So. Africa and looking for other case studies of transboundary conservation to which you can apply the institutional analysis of Ostrom. I am interested to hear what made you decide to move to Arizona. Do you have family in either place?
    Not surprisingly, I would very much like to read all the ms under review..
    When I see your photo with your kid, I imagine you like to read Craig Childs. Am I right?


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