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It’s about Time: Adaptive Resource Management, Environmental Governance, and Science Studies (2019)


This article examines adaptive resource management (ARM) as it has been applied to the US horseshoe crab fishery over the past decade. As a critical yet constructive exercise, I have three goals: to suggest how adaptive management, for all its promise, can still be improved; to add a nuanced case study to the literatures on the quantification of nature and environmental decision-making; and to use the example of ARM to make certain temporal aspects of contemporary natural resource management more salient to science and technology studies scholars—that is, to show the ways in which time matters in environmental science, policy, and the analysis thereof. I draw attention to the time-related aspects of adaptive management by developing the notions of temporal orientation and chronological accountability. Temporal orientation refers to the time-based perspectives and epistemological commitments—that is, past-facing empiricism versus future-oriented modeling—that scientists of different types bring to bear on environmental problems. Chronological accountability refers to the missing link in adaptive forms of environmental governance: firm time lines and commitments to reflexively revisit management decisions. The time-related aspects of natural resource management deserve greater attention among both environmental managers and analysts of environmental policy.

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Authors & Contributors
Ishihara-Shineha, Seiko
Heidenreich, Sara
Sigl, Lisa
Pelizza, Annalisa
Papadopoulos, Dimitris
Schleifer, David
Science, Technology and Human Values
Social Studies of Science
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
University of Chicago Press
University of Nebraska Press
University Press of Kansas
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Public policy
Power (social sciences)
United States
Adige River (Italy)
21st century
20th century
Republic of Venice (697–1797)
20th century, late
United States. Food and Drug Administration

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