It’s time to learn about learning: Where should the environmental and natural resource governance field go next?

Andrea K. Gerlak, Tanya Heikkila, Sharon L. Smolinski, Derek Armitage, Dave Huitema, Brendan Moore

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This Commentary reflects on the state of the scholarship on learning for environmental and natural resource policy and governance. How have we been learning about learning? We highlight theoretical and empirical advancements related to learning, as well as areas of divergence between learning theories and frameworks, and underdeveloped knowledge around processes and outcomes. To address these limitations and improve progress in both theory and practice, we offer recommendations for learning scholarship by focusing on how to collectively engage in ‘learning about learning’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1056-1064
Number of pages9
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Issue number9
Early online date23 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • Environmental governance
  • learning
  • outcomes
  • processes
  • research
  • scholarship

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