Master’s Thesis Proposal Defense - Brockton Feltman - May 23

Date: May 23, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Natural Resources RM 130

Socio-ecological Indicators of Agricultural Irrigators’ Perceptions of Water Scarcity: a Michigan Cast Study

Master’s Thesis Proposal Defense


Brockton Feltman

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9 a.m.

Room 130, Natural Resources Building


Collaboratively governing common pool resources has the potential to increase the likelihood that resources will be managed with the intent of realizing ecological sustainability, socioeconomic equity and political empowerment at the community level. However, as with other theories of political economy, it should not be assumed that collective governance institutions are guaranteed to be successful. Indeed, researchers have isolated numerous barriers to the establishment and effective functioning of these institutions, a critical one being the heterogeneity of beliefs amongst members about relative resource availability. In this research I investigate social-ecological variables that influence beliefs about CPR scarcity and abundance because there is a gap in the literature on this subject. By conducting focus groups with farmers in Michigan using a variation of choice-modeling methodology, I examine the relative importance of factors likely to play a role in belief formation, along with identifying others considered to be key indicators from the farmer’s perspectives. From this information I construct hypotheses about how these factors impact normative beliefs about CPR resource availability, and statistically test them using research techniques.   

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