Gabriela Bueno Receives ACUNS Dissertation Award
April 7, 2016  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

acunsThe Center for Governance and Sustainability is proud to announce that our research associate and PhD Candidate in Global Governance and Human Security at UMass Boston Gabriela Bueno has received the ACUNS 2016 Dissertation Award! Gabriela will be recognized and awarded at the ACUNS Annual Meeting this year at Fordham University June 16th-18th.

In ACUNS’ own words, “The ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship Award recognizes emerging students of extraordinary potential who have reached the stage of writing an advanced graduate-level dissertation on a topic of direct and demonstrable relevance to the United Nations and/or the UN system.” Gabriela’s dissertation on institutional complexity in United Nations forest governance addresses serious issues in both the United Nations and global governance overall.

Below is the abstract of Gabriela’s dissertation, which is titled The Institutional Landscape of International Forest Protection: Understanding Institutional Complexity in International Forest Governance:

International forest governance, that is, the set of international organizations (IOs), norms and rules related to forest protection, has expanded considerably since the 1980s. This expansion created a wide array of forest-focused and forest-related institutions. The literature on international forest governance warns against this expansion, arguing that “fragmentation” leads to incoherent norms and policies and ineffectiveness of the governance system in general. The purpose of this dissertation is to challenge this assumption and examine exactly what are the consequences of institutional complexity in international forest governance. Complexity usually leads to interactions among institutions that stem from overlap of specific issue areas. In order to understand these effects, I map out the institutional landscape and divide it into three dimensions: functional complexity, normative complexity and financing complexity. Using network and textual analysis, I examine specific cases where overlap has led to competition, division of labor, conflicting norms or non-interaction altogether. Understanding these effects may provide a more granular understanding of what institutional complexity looks like and what kinds of efforts might work best to improve synergy, reduce conflict between organizations and norms, and improve governance.

About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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