The 131st-3 RIHN seminar

You are warmly invited to the upcoming RIHN Seminar:

Date: June 9th, 2016 (Thursday) 13:30 - 15:00
Place: Seminar Room 3 & 4, RIHN( → Access)
Lecturer: Eduardo Brondizio
(Professor, Department of Anthropology, Director, Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL), Faculty Associate, The Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy, Analysis Indiana University Bloomington)
Doing field research for over 27 years in the Amazon, during a period of accelerated large-scale changes, has required me to continuously consider the strengthens and limitations of conceptual frameworks and methodologies to examine regional problems and change. In this lecture series, I will reflect on the challenge of integrating disciplinary perspectives, scales, and knowledge systems to understand the transformation of the Amazon, and in turn reflect, more broadly, on the evolution of human-environment interaction and global change research. In three parts, I will present the history of human-environment interaction research and thinking, the challenges of linking field/local and regional level analysis, and, recent efforts to bring together frameworks to analyze complex social-ecological systems.
Title: Bridging knowledge systems: A problem-oriented conceptual framework to social-ecological system analysis
Abstract Taking deltas systems as an analytical challenge, and the Amazon delta as an example, in this presentation I will discuss the development of a problem-oriented conceptual framework to analyze complex social-ecological systems, such as deltas. At the nexus of watersheds, coasts, oceans, changing climate, and expanding human settlements and resource use, river deltas encapsulate the challenges of analyzing complex, multi-scale social-ecological systems, their governance and sustainability. The framework integrates existing frameworks for institutional, social-ecological system, and telecoupling analysis with field-based and geospatial data systems to facilitate problem-oriented collaborative research between social, ecological and physical sciences, and stakeholders. The framework aims at helping to foster new approaches to understand and evaluate the impacts, implications, and solutions to problems emerging social and environmental changes, including climate change . Two illustrative examples are presented, one examining interactions between urban pollution and fishing, and the other examining the vulnerability of urban populations to environmental hazards such as flooding and storm surges associated with climate change.
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