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The logic of measuring, managing and governing ecosystems (EcoLogic)

About this project

Project information

The ‘ecological turn’ is the realization that ecosystems are vital for human life and subsequent public, political and scientific attention towards maintaining ecosystem 'health' at a sustainable level. The shift represents changes in the key principles – the logic – underpinning political, administrative and science-based processes. This change has been important to increase the capacity to take justifiable decisions, but the effects of the ecological turn for environmental governance remain open and uncertain. EcoLogic, sets out to analyze consequences for political, administrative and science-based processes in environmental policy. The project seeks to deepen the understanding of processes that makes ‘nature’ governable. It focuses on the processes directed towards measuring environmental impact, the establishment of new national regulations and ways of justifying environmental impact.

Research funding bodies

  • The Research Council of Norway


  • Bergen University, Simon Neby, Christine van der Horst
  • NORCE Research, Gisle Andersen