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Cooperation in land and resource management


Global-scale demographic, technological and institutional dynamics oblige multi-scale research and action to identify which elements of biophysical and cultural heritage to carry forward and how best to do so. The escalating values of ‘stakes’ in environmental decision making and resource conservation foster potential for both conflict and its generally more constructive flip side, cooperation.

This Guide facilitates access to ideas and practices for harmonizing diverse and divergent interests in resource and environmental management (REM) contexts. Because REM is multidisciplinary, materials are drawn from sociology, social psychology, anthropology, First Nations studies, political science, institutional economics, public administration and management. The emphasis is on conceptual and practical means for identifying and creating conditions that encourage cooperation and creativity in the pursuit of futures that are just, sustainable and resilient.

Journal articles are drawn from 2007-2011 publications; for earlier materials, consult the SFU Library's databases for REM, the works cited in pertinent journal articles or the course bibliography for REM 601 in Refworks.

This page was developed by Dr. John R. Welch and Lindsay Tripp, librarian. Suggestions, comments, and additions to this page are welcome; Please contact Jenna Walsh, liaison librarian for REM, at / 778.782.9378.


The SFU Library assigns Subject Headings to items it owns. Subject Headings (SHs) are designed to:

  • inform researchers of an item's primary subject matter, and
  • bring together items with shared subject matter.

A selection of Subject Headings (SHs) relating to cooperation in land and resource management is provided here. Click on the links to view a comprehensive list of titles on that subject in the SFU Library catalogue (ranked by date, from newest to oldest). This feature is dynamic, and will reflect new titles as they are added to the Library's collection.

To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.

  1. Adaptive natural resource management.
  2. Appreciative inquiry.
  3. Commons.
  4. Commons -- Management -- Methodology.
  5. Conflict management.
  6. Cooperativeness.
  7. Community leadership.
  8. Conservation leadership. [keyword search]
  9. Consensus (Social sciences).
  10. Environmental management -- Citizen participation.
  11. Environmental management -- Decision making.
  12. Indigenous peoples -- Ecology.
  13. Global commons.
  14. Natural resources co-management.
  15. Natural resources, communal.
  16. Social ecology.
  17. Social learning.
  18. Social systems.
  19. Sustainable fisheries.
  20. Sustainability.
  21. Traditional ecological knowledge.

Journal Articles

For a selection of recent journal articles related to cooperation in land and resource management, please see this RefWorks folder.

Please note that this folder will not be updated regularly after September 2011. To be notified of new literature related to your research interests, consider setting-up Google Scholar email alerts.


The following interdisciplinary databases are recommended for research on cooperation in land and resource management:

  • AnthropologyPlus. An interdisciplinary database with coverage from the late 19th century to present.
  • Environment Complete. References over 1,900 environmental journals, with converage in applicable areas of environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.
  • GEOBASE. Interdisciplinary coverage makes it an ideal tool for researching environmental issues.

You may also wish to consult the Library's comprehensive list of databases for:

For information on research methods for the Social Sciences, try SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO). SRMO links methods terms (i.e. conversation analysis) and content (dictionary entries, book chapters, journal articles, and more.) See this youtube video by SAGE for a concise introduction to SRMO features and functionality.

Films, Newspaper Articles, Websites and More

Films (subscription-based databases):

  • National Film Board (Canada). Coverage ranges from historical films dating back to 1928 to current contemporary releases, including award-winning documentaries. Films from the NFB's Green Channel may be of particular interest.

Newspaper articles:

  • Canadian Newsstream Contains full text articles from major Canadian and small market BC newspapers, with a 2-7 day publication lag. 
  • PressReader Provides online access to current newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format.

Web sites:

Research Methods

  • Sage Research Methods Online. "A tool designed to help you create research projects and understand the methods behind them" [from publisher's site]. Includes over 600 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, as well as videos and a selection of relevant journal articles.
  • For books on research methods for the Social Sciences, see the following subject headings in the SFU Library catalogue: (To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.)
    • Human ecology -- Research -- Methodology.
    • Interdisciplinary research -- Methodology.
    • Mixed methods research.
    • Qualitative research -- Methodology.
    • Quantitative research -- Methodology.
    • Social sciences -- Comparative methods.
    • Social sciences -- Methodology.
    • Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology.
  • Websites: