Social-ecological mechanisms of poverty traps

This project reviews and synthesises characteristics and mechanisms of persistent maladaptive situations (e.g. poverty traps) through a literature review and proposes a more nuanced social-ecological conceptualisation. A stylized mathematical model shows how nature and culture must be explicitly considered in addition to physical capital assets if poverty is to be eradicated without negative environmental and cultural impacts.

People: Jamila Haider, Steven Lade, Maja Schlüter, Garry Peterson, Wijnand Boonstra

Methods: Literature review; Generalized modelling


L. Jamila Haider (2015). Understanding Poverty Traps in Biocultural Landscapes. Stockholm University: Licentiate Thesis.   http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A817782&dswid=2666

Haider, L.J., Boonstra, W.J., Peterson, G.D., Schlüter, M. (2017). Traps and Sustainable Development in Rural Areas: A Review. World Development. doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.05.038

Lade, S.J., Haider, L.J., Engström, G., Schlüter, M. (2017). Resilience offers escape from trapped thinking on poverty alleviation. Science Advances 3, e1603043.

Funding:  European Research Council under the European Unions’ Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013)/ERC grant agreement no. 283950 SES-LINK