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

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Purpose: This paper seeks 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
Issue number7
Early online date18 Sept 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Sept 2017


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