ORGANIZATION OF SAPECS
Each of the researchers engaged in the SAPECS is working at the research frontier of developing tools and skills for transdisciplinary social-ecological research, and brings to the table one or more in-depth empirical case studies of social-ecological systems in the region. Currently these case studies cluster in a few regional nodes within South Africa, but the ambition is to engage with researchers in the wider region as SAPECS develops.
SAPECS itself is organized around a set of cross-cutting working groups that aim to compare and synthesize across these individual social-ecological case studies to develop new empirical insights or develop new conceptual advances. These working groups are proposed and led by different members within the SAPECS community and can change over time. SAPECS therefore functions as a community of practice and a platform for research collaborations, where researchers share skills and knowledge and develop new cross-cutting syntheses and collaborations.
Research within SAPECS links to a wide array of other initiatives within the region and internationally. SAPECS links to these initiatives through shared membership of individuals, presenting talks and organizing special sessions at related forums, and by organizing our own SAPECS colloquia to engage with the wider community of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers interested in social-ecological research.