Ecology-centred accounting for biodiversity in the production of a blanket bog

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse the role of ecology-centred accounting for biodiversity in
efforts to conserve biodiversity.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines a case study of biodiversity conservation efforts to
restore a degraded blanket bog habitat. The analysis adopts a social nature perspective, which sees the social
and the natural as inseparably intertwined in socio-ecological systems: complexes of relations between (human
and non-human) actors, being perpetually produced by fluid interactions. Using a theoretical framework from
the geography literature, consisting of four mutually constitutive dimensions of relations – territory, scale,
network, and place (TSNP) – the analysis examines various forms of accounting for biodiversity that are centred
on this blanket bog.
Findings – The analysis finds that various forms of ecology-centred accounting for biodiversity have
rendered this blanket bog visible and comprehensible in multiple ways, so as to contribute towards making
this biodiversity conservation thinkable and possible.
Originality/value – This paper brings theorising from geography, concerning the social nature perspective
and the TSNP framework, into the study of accounting for biodiversity. This has enabled a novel analysis that
reveals the productive force of ecology-centred accounting for biodiversity, and the role of such accounting in
organising the world so as to produce socio-ecological systems that aid biodiversity conservation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1537-1567
JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Volume30
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

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Ecology-centred accounting for biodiversity in the production of a blanket bog. / Cuckston, Thomas.

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