Globalizing Our Understanding of Land-use Change

As the world becomes ever more interconnected, the decision-making processes of a range of global and local actors and their social-environmental contexts have increasingly influenced use of rural agricultural lands. Rethinking and re-examining rural dynamics in the context of both biophysical and socioeconomic drivers is therefore essential. While a wealth of case study evidence exists, there is a need to integrate this data into a global context.

VIDEO: Dan Sarewitz's SESYNC Seminar on Useful Science

Dr. Dan Sarewitz, Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University, discusses the need for a shift in thinking on conducting useful science in the latest weekly seminar series. 

VIDEO: SESYNC Visualization Technologies Workshop Keynote Presentations

SESYNC hosted the Visualization Technologies to Support Research on Human - Environment Interactions Workshop to focus especially on the visualization and use of spatial datasets from the social and environmental sciences.  The workshop discussed and identified some of the current visualization challenges and emerging opportunities in using spatial datasets to study human-environment interactions.  The meeting was a ‘problem-solving’ workshop wherein domain scientists from the social and environmental sciences were able to

Linking Socio-Environmental Science to Socio-Environmental Change

Largely missing from the literature on linking knowledge to action is an empirically and conceptually rich understanding of how social and environmental change occurs. Furthermore, there are considerable epistemic, ontological and institutional barriers to conducting such integrative and solutions-oriented research.

VIDEO: EAB Members Discuss SESYNC's mission

 In the first of a multi-part series, three of SESYNC's External Advisory Board (EAB) discuss the relationship between the social and environmental sciences and specifically what SESYNC could contribute to issues that bridge each field.  Dr. Laura Lopez-Hoffman, Dr. Ray Hilborn, and Dr.


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