Socio-Environmental Foundations Volume

Full Title

Foundations of socio-environmental research – authors’ workshop for a compilation of classic and contemporary writings tracing the development of socioenvironmental research


Socio-environmental research is a burgeoning area of scholarship and training, which combines concepts and methods from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to characterize integrated human-environmental systems. Due to this complexity, knowledge production in socio-environmental research is fragmented, with scholars building primarily on theories in their own disciplines. Our proposed volume, Foundations of Social-Environmental Research, seeks to address this fragmentation by providing a single, go-to source of classic readings and contemporary theories that constitute the intellectual lineage and current scope of socio-environmental research across disciplines.

Our book proposal is currently under review at a leading university press.  We have identified a collection of fifty-five articles and book selections foundational to socio-environmental research, starting with publications dating back to the late 1700s and extending through to the leading approaches guiding socio-environmental research today. These selections have been grouped into four parts, some with subsections.  Each section will be accompanied by an introduction that discusses the key themes of the assembled articles, situates them in their historical context, and points the reader to other relevant readings that supplement the selections in the section. The workshop will convene the authors of the section introductions, with the goal of reviewing and discussing their draft section introductions.

Project Type
Team Synthesis Project
Kathryn Fiorella, Cornell University
John Bellamy Foster, University of Oregon
Richard Norgaard, UC Berkeley
Marian Chertow, Yale University
Flora Lu, UC Santa Cruz
Erika Zavaleta, UC Santa Cruz
Tom Rudel, Rutgers University
Peter Alagona, University of California, Santa Barbara
Claudia Binder, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne