Environmental Social Science: Human - Environment interactions and Sustainability
1. The Challenge of Human-Environment Interactions Research.
The Evolution of Social Ecological Systems.
Characterization of Contemporary Global Environmental Changes.
History of the Development of the Human Dimensions Agenda.
Characteristics of the Research on the Human Dimensions.
The Way Forward: Integrative Science.
2. Theories and Concepts from the Social Sciences.
Population, Technology and Central Place Theories .
Population and Environment Theories.
Agency and History.
Political Economy and Political Ecology.
3. Theories and Concepts from the Biological Sciences.
Evolution by Natural Selection.
Species respond individualistically, not as communities, to environmental change.
Interactions with other species help determine if a particular species will persist in a particular place (Niche and Neutral Theories).
Top-down vs. bottom-up control in ecosystems.
Equilibrium/non-equilibrium theories of competition, coexistence, community composition
Biodiversity and ecosystem processes/services.
The Ecosystem Concept in Biology and the Social Sciences.
4. Spatially-Explicit Approaches.
Remote Sensing and GIS.
A Case Study using GIS/ Remote Sensing to study Amazonian Deforestation.
Urban-rural spatial dynamics.
Modeling and GIS.
5. Multi-Scale and Multi-temporal Analysis.
An approach to multi-disciplinary, multi-scale research.
Local level of analysis.
Regional Level of Analysis.
Global Level of Analysis.
6. Bio-complexity in Ecological Systems.
Spatially-explicit Processes in Ecological and Social Systems.
Agent-Based Modeling of Complex Systems.
7. Environmental Decision-Making.
Individual Behavior and Environmental Decisions.
Decisions and Social Context.
8. Towards Sustainability Science.
Sustainability Science Research Priorities.
Scales of Sustainability.
Cities and Sustainability Science.
Climate Change and Sustainability.
"Thanks to its capacity of surfing across natural and social sciences, Moran's work will at minimum help scholars from both sides to create bridges across the gap that still separates them; something that can already be seen as a non-trivial result." (Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, July 2010)
- Makes the theories and methods of the social sciences available to biologists and other environmental scientists
- Illuminates biological theories and concerns for the social sciences community working on the environment
- Helps bridge one of the difficult divides in collaborative work in human-environment research
- Includes a discussion of how to carry out research that is multinational, multiscale, multitemporal, and multidisciplinary within a complex systems theory context
- Facilitates much-needed interdisciplinary collaboration