Cultural ecology

Eduardo Brondizio: reflections on the history of social-ecological research

Key note presentation during the 2015 PECS conference

Taking the Amazon delta region as a reference, this presentation reflects on understanding social-ecological dynamics in the Anthropocene. Doing field research for over 25 years in a region undergoing accelerated changes – social and environmental – has forced us to confront the strengthens and limitations of our concepts, analytical frameworks, and methodologies; and, of course, reflect on the relevance of our research questions.

About Eduardo S. Brondizio
Brondizio is Professor of Anthropology, co-director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University Bloomington. Brondizio is a member of the inaugural Science Committee of the international program Future Earth and the Science Committee of International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP), and co-Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability.

Professor Brondizio has been closely engaged with international global changed research programs since the mid-1990s and has contributed to several past and on-going global assessments. On-going research projects include international collaborations on the vulnerabilities and sustainability of delta regions, the impact of institutional arrangement and property regimes on land use change, comparative analysis of sustainable development indicators in the Amazon, rural-urban interactions in the Amazon, and farmers' adaption to climate change.

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The Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a Future Earth core-project (jointly sponsored by ICSU and UNESCO). PECS aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological systems, the services they generate, and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.


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