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Human-Nature Interactions in the Anthropocene

Potentials of Social-Ecological Systems Analysis, 1st Edition

Edited by Marion Glaser, Gesche Krause, Beate M.W. Ratter, Martin Welp


238 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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This book deals with the potentials of social-ecological systems analysis for resolving sustainability problems. Contributors relate inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives to systemic dynamics, human behavior and the different dimensions and scales. With a problem-focused, sustainability-oriented approach to the analysis of human-nature relations, this text will be a useful resource for scholars of human and social ecology, geography, sociology, development studies, social anthropology and natural resources management.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Tables. Foreword by the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) and Professor in Environmental Systems Analysis, Wageningen University Rik Leemans Preface by the President of the German Society for Human Ecology (DGH) and Scientific Steering Committee Member of the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) Bernhard Glaeser. Acknowledgments. Part I: Introduction 1. New Approaches to the Analysis of Human-Nature Relations Marion Glaser, Beate M.W. Ratter, Gesche Krause and Martin Welp 2. Systems Thinking and Social Learning for Sustainability Gesche Krause and Martin Welp Part II: Social-Ecological Systems (SES) and Complexity 3. Social-Ecological Systems as Epistemic Objects Egon Becker 4. Modelling Social-Ecological Systems: Bridging the Gap Between Natural and Social Sciences Felix Tretter and Andrew Halliday 5. Complexity and Emergence: Key Concepts in Non-Linear Dynamic Systems Beate M.W. Ratter Part III: Resilience, Adaptability and Transformability 6. Archetypes of Adaptation to Climate Change Klaus Eisenack 7. Population Dynamics and Adaptive Capacity of Supply Systems Diana Hummel Part IV: Multi-Agent Modelling and Simulation 8. Transdisciplinary Multi-Agent Modelling for Social-Ecological Systems Analysis: Achievements and Potentials Marion Glaser 9. Integrated Modelling and Scenario Building for the Nicobar Islands in the Aftermath of the Tsunami Martin Wildenberg and Simron Jit Singh Part V: Pathways Towards New Systems Thinking in Human Ecology 10. Towards Global Sustainability Analysis in the Anthropocene Marion Glaser, Gesche Krause, Andrew Halliday and Bernhard Glaeser. Contributors. Index.

About the Editors

Marion Glaser is an environmental sociologist at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany.

Gesche Krause is a coastal geographer at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany.

Beate M.W. Ratter is professor for Integrative Geography at the Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg and holds a joint position as head of the Department of Human Dimension of Coastal Areas at the Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht.

Martin Welp is Professor for Socioeconomics and Communication at the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Environment, Culture, and Society

This series opens up a forum for advances in environmental studies relating to society and its social, cultural, and economic underpinnings. The underlying assumption guiding this series is that there is an important, and so far little-explored, interaction between societal as well as cultural givens and the ways in which societies both create and respond to environmental issues. As such, this series encourages the exploration of the links between prevalent practices, beliefs and values, as differentially manifested in diverse societies, and the distinct ways in which those societies confront the environment. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography