Stefan Partelow

Dr. Stefan Partelow

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department: Social Sccienes
Working Groups: WG Institutional and Behavioural Economics

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Curriculum Vitae : Dr. Stefan Partelow

Research interests

- Environmental governance
- Ostrom's social-ecological systems (SES) framework

- Commons
- Collective action
- Privatization
- Path dependency

- Marine and coastal systems
- Small-scale fisheries
- Aquaculture
- SCUBA diving tourism
- Science studies

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Peer-reviewed journals

Partelow, S; Abson, D; Schlüter, A; von Wehrden, H; Fernandez-Gimenez, M; Collier, N. In-press. Privatizing the commons: New approaches need broader evaluative criteria for sustainability. International Journal of the Commons.

Chavez, I; Partelow, S; Madrigal, R; Gutierrez, I; Schlüter, A. In-press. Collective action, co-management and small-scale fisheries: Applying the social-ecological systems framework to compare three Responsible Fishing Areas (AMPRs) in Costa Rica. International Journal of the Commons.

Partelow, S., M. Fujitani, V. Soundararajan, and A. Schlüter. 2019. Transforming the social-ecological systems framework into a knowledge exchange and deliberation tool for comanagement. Ecology and Society 24(1).

Nelson, K. M., S. Partelow, and A. Schlüter. 2019. Nudging tourists to donate for conservation: Experimental evidence on soliciting voluntary contributions for coastal management. Journal of Environmental Management 237(December 2018):30–43.

Partelow, S. 2018. A review of the social-ecological systems framework: applications, methods, modifications, and challenges. Ecology and Society 23((4):36).

Schlüter, A. Partelow, S. Torres, LE. Jennerjahn, T. (In-press). Coastal commons as social-ecological systems. (Book chapter in The Commons Handbook, Routledge, Editors: Hudson, B; Cole, D; Rosenbloom, J.)

Partelow, S; Solano, S; Glaser, M; Schlüter, A. (2018). Mangroves, fishers and the struggle for adaptive co-management: Applying the social-ecological systems framework to a Marine Extractive Reserve (RESEX) in Brazil. Ecology & Society.

Partelow, S; Nelson, K. (2018). Social networks, collective action and the evolution of governance for sustainable tourism on the Gili Islands, Indonesia. Marine Policy.

Senff, P; Partelow, S; Indriana, L; Buhari, N; Kunzmann, A. (2018).  Improving Pond Aquaculture Production on Lombok, Indonesia. Aquaculture.

Schlüter, A; Partelow, S; Fujitani, M. (2018). Coastal Systems in Transition: From a 'natural' to an 'anthropogenically-modified' state. Ocean and Coastal Management (Editorial to special issue). 162. 1-5. 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.05.001

Partelow, S; Senff, P; Schlüter, A; Buhari, N. (2018). Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to pond aquaculture. International Journal of the Commons (12) 1. 485-518.

Partelow, S; Schlüter, A; von Wehrden, H; Janig, M; Senff, S. (2017). A sustainability agenda for tropical marine science. Conservation Letters.

Partelow, S; Winkler, K.J. (2016). Interlinking ecosystem services and Ostrom’s framework through orientation in sustainability research. Ecology & Society (21).

Partelow, S. (2016). Coevolving Ostrom’s social–ecological systems (SES) framework and sustainability science: four key co-benefits. Sustainability Science (11), 399–410. doi:10.1007/s11625-015-0351-3

Partelow, S; Boda, C. (2015). A modified diagnostic social-ecological system framework for lobster fisheries: Case implementation and sustainability assessment in Southern California. Ocean & Coastal Management. 114, 204–217. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.06.022

Partelow, S; von Wehrden, H; Horn, O. (2015). Pollution exposure on marine protected areas: A global assessment. Marine Pollution Bulletin. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.08.026

Partelow, S. (2015). Key steps for operationalizing social–ecological system framework research in small-scale fisheries: A heuristic conceptual approach. Marine Policy (51) 507–511. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2014.09.005

Luederitz, C., Brink, E., Gralla, F., Hermelingermeier, V., Meyer, M., Niven, L., Panzer, L., Partelow, S., Rau, A.-L., Sasaki, R., Abson, D.J., Lang, D.J., Wamsler, C., von Wehrden, H. (2015). A review of urban ecosystem services: six key challenges for future research. Ecosystem Services (14) 98–112. doi:10.1016/S0921-8009(99)00013-0


Ph.D. 2018          Partelow, S. Finding sustainability: Advancing multiple methods to apply the social-ecological systems framework. Jacobs University. Bremen, Germany.

M.Sc. 2014          Partelow, S. Assessing sustainability in lobster fisheries as social-ecological systems: A framework and research protocol. Lund University. Lund, Sweden.