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Social Dynamics and Global Challenges: The Role of Human Ecology in the 21st Century

organized by

Brazilian Society for Human Ecology (SABEH) in cooperation with

Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco (UNIVASF) and Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB), Graduate Program in Human Ecology (PPGEcoH).


Juazeiro, Bahia and Petrolina, Pernambuco, Brazil.
July 19th to 22nd 2020.

We are pleased to announce the XXIV International Conference of the Society for Human
Ecology that will take place in Brazil from 19th to 22nd of July 2020.

First Call for Participation – Preliminary proposals for Symposia, Paper Sessions and Workshops are invited immediately. This conference is meant to be as broadly interdisciplinary as possible so suggestions from all areas of human ecology – theory, education, research and practice – are welcomed.

  • Take part in a diverse international and interdisciplinary gathering.
  • Contribute to a wide range of formal and informal exchanges in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Enjoy the spectacular northeast region of Brazil and the São Francisco River Valley.
  • Like previous SHE meetings, it is intended to bring together a diverse group of educators, researchers and practitioners who utilize, or are interested in,
    interdisciplinary and ecological approaches. We look forward to an exciting program with an excellent range of speakers, symposia, round-tables and individual presentations.

Sustainability Issues ~ Interdisciplinary Education ~ Environmental Design~ Eco-Arts ~
Human-Nature Systems Resilience ~ Fisheries Management ~ Nature Therapy ~
Environmental Migrations ~ Participatory Action Research ~ Ecosystems Services ~ Food
Systems/Food Security ~ Urban Ecology ~ Climate Change ~ Human-Animal Interactions
~ Historical Ecology ~ Collaborative Planning ~ Conservation Psychology ~ Water-use
Policy ~ Carbon Futures ~ Environmental Health ~ Literature and Ecology… and more…

At this point, we would like to hear from people who are interested in taking part in this event.

[Note: We only need “statements of intention” at this time.] Formal abstracts and detailed information on participants will be requested at a later date.

  1. Suggested Themes: What themes for symposia, round-table discussions, or paper sessions would you like to see included in the program? (please insert)
  2. Will you be interested in? (please indicate)
    1. Organizing a Symposium: Organized Symposia should be designed to fill a two-hour block and involve 4 – 6 people. These usually consist of either a group of papers or a thematic discussion/symposium. The organizer is responsible for the coordination of participants. At this point only the session theme and the organizer’s name and institution are needed.
    2. An Individual Paper Presentation: Contributed papers will be grouped on similar issues, with time allotted for delivery (20 – 25 minutes) and follow-up discussion.
    3. Roundtable Discussion Groups: These groups are arranged by the conference committee to encourage exchange of ideas among participants. Usually two discussion leaders are designated and 6 – 10 participants are assigned to a thematic roundtable.
                   1. ( ) Yes, I would like to be placed on a Roundtable Discussion Group.
                   2. My Areas of Expertise/Interest:
    4. Making a Poster: Space and time will be provided for poster style presentations. Submissions for posters follow the same guidelines as a contributed paper, (e.g. author, title and abstract). But only the presenter’s name and tentative title are needed at this time. (please insert here)
  3. Conference Networking: Are there other individuals or groups who should be invited to participate? We are pleased to get email and postal addresses of friends, colleagues or list-serves who you think should also receive an invitation to attend this conference.
  4. Other suggestions and comments:

Please forward to interested colleagues!

All replies should be sent directly to

Continuously updated information about the conference can be found on SHE’s website

Thank you for your ideas and assistance. We look forward to welcoming you next year.

All the very best,
Gustavo H. Negreiros
Program Chair SHE XXIV Conference




The Society for Human Ecology (SHE) is an international interdisciplinary professional society that promotes the use of an ecological perspective in research, education, and application.

SHE’s goals are to:

  • Provide a forum through which scientists, scholars, educators, and practitioners may exchange ideas and information.
  • Promote the advancement of an ecological perspective in interdisciplinary studies and practice.
  • Identify problems, discover their origins, examine possible solutions and their implications, and then make recommendations for implementing those solutions.
  • Look ahead to the consequences of human action on our social, natural, and built environments.
  • Build cooperative arrangements among human ecology programs and organizations throughout the world.
  • Facilitate the exchange of this information throughout an international network of individuals interested in human ecology.

The Society holds regular conferences, conducts workshops and symposia, and co-sponsors a variety of related activities to further integrate work among professionals in fields pertaining to human ecology. SHE is an affiliate of INTECOL (International Association for Ecology) and Ecological Society of America (ESA), with cross ties to the Human Ecology Section of ESA. SHE also works in a consortium with other national and regional human ecology organizations throughout the world. SHE publishes the online journal Human Ecology Review, with hardcopies available to members at reduced rates.



The SHE-XXIII Conference was an exciting and diverse event, with participants from more than 35 countries.


Here are some of the highlights: the Keynote Addresses, the Program Overview, and the Awards. A full copy of the program can be found here.
Other Society news will be posted shortly.

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