Social sciences at the crossroads: Global environmental change in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Nov 18, 2013
Julio C. Postigo, et al.

This chapter was included in the 2013 World Social Science Report, produced by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and UNESCO and published by the OECD. The report represents a comprehensive overview of the field gathering the thoughts and expertise of hundreds of social scientists from around the world.

This edition focuses on the transformative role of the social sciences in confronting climate and broader processes of environmental change, and in addressing priority problems from energy and water, biodiversity and land use, to urbanization, migration, and education.

Chapter abstract: Global environmental change in Latin America and the Caribbean ranges from urbanization to deforestation and melting glaciers. The understanding of relations between nature and society in this context requires coupled human–environmental frameworks across spatial and temporal scales. Transdisciplinarity and co-production of knowledge from the social to the natural sciences and to traditional knowledge will result in more effective solutions.

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