Case Study Collection



Participants of the Teaching Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis with Case Studies short course have developed a collection of case studies, each focusing on learning goals critical for understanding and practicing S-E synthesis. These case studies provide information about the case itself, detailed teaching notes, and all materials to be used with students in the activity. Many provide suggestions for ways to modify the activities to suit different time constraints, levels, or course goals. The durations of these cases range from a small number of class periods to entire semesters. Several of these cases have been tested in the classroom and/or peer reviewed.

Unless otherwise noted in the case studies, reproduction of these materials is authorized for non-profit/non-commercial educational use only. All reproduction or distribution must provide full citation of the original work and provide a copyright notice as follows:

“Copyright 2015, by the authors of the material, with license for use granted to the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. All rights reserved.”

Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of SESYNC.

Case Study Collection
His Lips Drink Water But His Heart Drinks Wine: Groundwater Availability, Access, and Governance in the Guadalupe Valley, Mexico
Author(s): Tuyeni Mwampamba, Chantelise Pells, Matt Robbins

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

Green Civil War in the California Desert: The Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project
Author(s): Dustin Mulvaney

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

Tell Them We Don't Want to Leave: The Marshallese and Sea-Level Rise
Author(s): Zola K. Moon, Donna S. Davis

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014. This case has been selected by SESYNC as an exemplary S-E synthesis case study.

Multi-'steak' holder Sustainability: Reduced Deforestation and the Cattle Agreement in Brazil
Author(s): Peter Newton, Avery S. Cohn

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

Risk Perception and Institutional Complexity in the 2014 West Virginia Chemical Spill
Author(s): Heather Lukacs, Nik Sawe, Nicola Ulibarri

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

Wildland Fire, Human Perspectives, and Fire Management in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Author(s): Kevin Krasnow and Doug Wachob

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

A Pipeline in Paradise, Part 1: Learning the Relevant Science
Author(s): Shannon N. Conley, Kathryn De Ridder-Vignone, Mary K. Handley, Michael L. Deaton

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

When It Rains, It Pours: A Socio-environmental Approach to Understanding Coastal Flooding
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Albright, Emily Eisenhauer, Melissa A. Kenney, Ariana E. Sutton-Grier

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014. 

Designing an Urban Green Infrastructure Network: Balancing Biodiversity and Stakeholder Needs
Author(s): Emilie Stander, Myla Aronson

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

To Fish or Not to Fish: Challenges of Managing Culturally and Ecologically Important Species
Author(s): Lindley Mease, Rebecca Martone

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

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