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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.

A. Abstract Preparation should include: The full title of the paper and name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and email address(es) for registered presenter(s).  Abstracts should be about 150 – 200 words and include three to five key words. Abstracts should be submitted as an attachment. 

Early submissions help the conference committee identify emerging themes and design the program. Thus, we encourage early symposia/paper/poster submissions and abstracts as soon as is possible — keeping in mind revisions are always accepted up to the final deadline date.

B. Forms of Participation

1. Organized Sessions/Symposia: Organized sessions should be designed to fill a 1 ½ – 2 hour block and involve 4 to 6 presenters. These usually consist of either a group of papers or a thematic discussion/symposium. The organizer is responsible for the coordination of participants and for collecting the abstracts for all symposia/organized session presenters which should include email contact information and institutional affiliations. 

2. Contributed Papers: Individual papers will be grouped on similar issues. Paper presentations (@  20 minutes in duration, depending on the number of papers in each session) will be placed in 1 and half to 2-hour time slots, with time allotted for end-of session discussion. 

3. Posters: Space and time will be provided for poster-style presentations. Submissions for posters follow the same guidelines as for a contributed paper, e.g. author, title and abstract.

SHE conferences are 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.  


C.  Conference Topics include, but are not limited to: 

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 ~ Contemplative Human Ecologies ~ Law and Human Ecology ~ Reassessing Socio-Ecosystem Theory in the light of advances in Human Ecology ~ Social History and Environmental History… and more….. 

D. Contact Information

1.  Note:  All conference related inquiries, submissions and replies should be sent directly to     In the subject line of the email please indicate “SHE Abstract”, “SHE Symposia”, “SHE Poster”

2.  Continuously updated information about the conference — e.g., the developing program, keynoter details, payment procedures, accommodation information, etc. — can be found on the conference website:

3.  All other Society information is on SHE’s website:

Thank you for your ideas and assistance. 

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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