Projects

I work on a variety of projects in collaboration with researchers from a variety of academic and non-academic institutions. They reflect the breath of my research interest, and also the topics I believe are critical to focus on for understanding how to conduct effective programs that can achieve environmental as well as social outcomes.

I welcome collaborations on any of the topics below.

Topic 1: Collaborative Environmental Governance

TSR article 1.PNGEffective environmental programs require a high level of stakeholder engagement and strong collaborations with policy makers, planners and on-ground practitioners. How they organise themselves (the rules they follow, the networks they form, the way they make decisions) is critical to program success. Under this topic I seek to understand what forms of governance help or hinder program success.

My dissertation work investigated the effectiveness of bottom-up governance approaches. This work was published in 2015.

In 2016 I worked with the National Environmental Science Programme’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub (TSR) to examine recovery efforts across Australia in an effort to identify the barriers and enablers of successful collaborative recovery efforts.

In my current work at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, I am investigating wildfire response networks to identify whether, and how, structure of collaborative interactions influence the effectiveness of the response.

Key collaborators: Örjan Bodin (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Daniel Nohrstedt (Upsala University), Kerrie Wilson (QUT), Ryan Mcallister (CSIRO).

Key publications:

Clement S., Guerrero A.M., and C. Wyborn. (2019) Understanding effectiveness in its broader context: methodologies for evaluating collaborative conservation governance. Society and Natural Resources. 1-22

Guerrero, A. M., R. R. J. McAllister & K.A Wilson (2015). “Achieving cross-scale collaboration for large scale conservation initiatives” Conservation Letters 8(2): 107-117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12112

Guerrero, A. M., R. R. J. McAllister, J. Corcoran, and K. A. Wilson. (2013) “Scale Mismatches, conservation planning, and the value of social-network analyses”. Conservation Biology 27:35-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01964.x

Guerrero A.M., McKenna R. Woinarsky J., Pannell D., Wilson K.A. and S. Garnett (2017) Threatened species recovery planning in Australia: Learning from two case studies. A report prepared for the Department of the Environment, National Environmental Science Programme Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

Topic 2: Developing the social-ecological network approach to study interdependencies between human and environmental systems

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Much of my work investigates an interdisciplinary social-ecological network approach for studying human-nature systems. This is an ongoing body of work seeking to develop actionable interdisciplinary research that can account for the interdependencies between complex human and ecological dynamics that underpin many important environmental problems. This approach has already been applied empirically across a range of human-nature contexts, and continues to be developed.

Key collaborators: Örjan Bodin (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Michele Barnes (James Cook University), Lorien Jasny (University of Exeter), Laura Dee (University of Colorado Boulder), Jane Memmott (University of Bristol).

Key publications:

Bodin, Ö., S. M. Alexander, J. Baggio, M. L. Barnes, R. Berardo, G. S. Cumming, L. E. Dee, A. P. Fischer, M. Fischer, M. Mancilla Garcia, M. Guerrero, J. Hileman, K. Ingold, P. Matous, T. H. Morrison, D. Nohrstedt, J. Pittman, G. Robins and J. S. Sayles (2019) Improving network approaches to the study of complex social–ecological interdependencies. Nature Sustainability 2(7): 551-559.

Guerrero, A.M., Ö. Bodin, R.R.J. McAllister, K.A. Wilson (2015). “Achieving social-ecological fit through bottom-up collaborative governance: and empirical investigation”. Ecology and Society. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol20/iss4/art41/

Barnes M.L, Ö. Bodin, M. Guerrero, R.J. McAllister, S.M. Alexander, and G. Robins (2017) The social structural foundations of adaptation and transformation in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society, 22 4: doi:10.5751/ES-09769-220416

Bodin Ö, M.L Barnes, R.R.J McAllister, J.C. Rocha and A.M. Guerrero (2017) Social–Ecological Network Approaches in Interdisciplinary Research: A Response to Bohan et al. and Dee et al. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 8(1):547-549

Topic 3: Accounting for stakeholder perceptions in environmental management

Environmental decisions are impacted by the different values, perceptions and mental models held by concerned stakeholders. Under this topic I investigate approaches for capturing and integrating stakeholder values and perceptions into environmental programs. I recently completed work with the Luc Hoffman Institute and WWF applying some of these approaches to understand barriers for sustainable consumption along supply chains of agricultural commodities. My published work focuses on terrestrial vegetation restoration programs.

Key collaborators: Kerrie Wilson (QUT), Duan Biggs (Griffith University), Malika Vira-Sawmy (Luck Hoffman Institute), Helen Ross (The University of Queensland).

Key publications:

Guerrero A.M. (2018) Managing Biodiversity Risks in Global Supply Chains a report for the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Moon K., Guerrero A.M., Adams V.M., Biggs D., Blackman D.A., Craven L., Dickinson H., and H. Ross (2019) Mental models for conservation research and practice. Conservation Letters. 2019; 12:e12642. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12642

Guerrero, A. M., Shoo, L., Iacona, G., Standish, R. J., Catterall, C. P., Rumpff, L., de Bie, K., White, Z., Matzek, V. and Wilson, K. A. (2017), Using structured decision-making to set restoration objectives when multiple values and preferences exist. Restor Ecol, 25: 858–865. doi:10.1111/rec.12591

Guerrero A.M., McKenna R. Woinarsky J., Pannell D., Wilson K.A. and S. Garnett (2017) Threatened species recovery planning in Australia: Learning from two case studies. A report prepared for the Department of the Environment, National Environmental Science Programme Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

Topic 4: Approaches for studying social-ecological systems

An integrated social-ecological systems perspective provides a better understanding of the complex relationships between humans and nature than solely focusing on unidirectional relationships or single-component effects. Research under this topic seeks to bridge across the natural and social sciences to integrate theory, frameworks, and tools to inform environmental decisions.

Key collaborators: Kerrie Wilson (QUT), Ana Nuno (University of Exeter), Nathan Bennett (University of British Columbia), Jonathan Rhodes (The University of Queensland)

Key publications:

Guerrero A.M., Bennett N.J., Wilson K.A., Carter N., Gill D., Mills M., Ives C.D., Selinske M.J., Larrosa C., Bekessy S., Januchowski-Hartley F.A., Travers H., Wyborn C.A., and A. Nuno (2018) Achieving the promise of integration in social-ecological research: a review and prospectus. Ecology and Society 23(3):38. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10232-230338

Guerrero A.M., Barnes M., Bodin Ö., Chadès I., Davis K.J., Iftekhar M.S., Morgans C. and K.A. Wilson (2020). Key considerations and challenges in the application of social network research for environmental decision making. Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13461

Guerrero, A. M. and Wilson, K. A. 2016. Using a social-ecological framework to inform the implementation of conservation plans. Conservation Biology. Early view Manuscript. doi:10.1111/cobi.12832