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July 14, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

INTECOL ECR Travel Grant

The INTECOL Board has a limited number of ECR travel grants available for the Beijing Congress: up to 10 travel grants for early career ecologists from national ecological societies to attend the Congress. They can provide registration fees and partial support of low cost accommodation. Applicants need to be graduate students or post-docs and would need to submit an abstract for a contributed paper or poster at the Congress

As the formal call for papers has closed, applicants should contact the INTECOL president Shona Myers directly on and send an expression of interest for the above grant by 21st July. The application would need to outline why you would be a worthy recipient.
At the Congress INTECOL will also launch an early career ecologist award that relates to the importance of ecology for society.

More information is at

May 26, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

Updates 5/26/17

SHE 2017 membership is now open. You can become a member online by clicking this link You can find more details and other news here.

Human Ecology Review Vol 22 (2) Out Now

In This Issue

Upending Climate Violence Research: Fossil Fuel Corporations and the Structural Violence of Climate Change, Eric Bond
The Biohistorical Paradigm: The Early Days of Human Ecology at The Australian National University, Stephen Boyden
Our Heritage Is Already Broken: Meditations on a Regenerative Conservation for Cultural and Natural Heritage, Michael Kimball
Anti-Reflexivity and Climate Change Skepticism in the US General Public, Aaron M. McCright
A Systematic Review and “Meta-Study” of Meta-Analytical Approaches to the Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, Hua Qin and Mary E. Grigsby
Explaining Energy Conservation and Environmental Citizenship Behaviors Using the Value-Belief-Norm Framework, Felix Kwame Yeboah and Michael D. Kaplowitz
BOOK REVIEWS The Tragedy of the Commodity: Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, by Stefano B. Longo, Rebecca Clausen, and Brett Clark. Reviewed by Julius Alexander McGee and Sustainable Food Systems: Building a New Paradigm, Edited by Terry Marsden and Adrian Morley. Reviewed by Federico Davila

Human Ecology Review is available online in open access format here.

Recently Reviewed

Understanding Human Ecology: A systems approach to sustainability

By Robert Dyball and Barry Newell (2015)

Earthscan from Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. London and New York.

(206 pages) Reviewed by Liesel Carlsson, MSc. PDt.

The interdisciplinary nature of sustainability work often means those involved run into friction that is a result of differing ideologies, worldviews, methodologies, and moreover – a common vision of success. This friction is paralyzing progress at a time when scientists finally agree that the Anthropocene may be an elegant term for a period planetary destruction.  What Dyball and Newell contribute to the (hopefully) early Anthropocene, and to the field of sustainability in general, is to bring together their extensive expertise in human ecology and physics to first unpack and then bring together social and cognitive sciences, communications theory and systems dynamics theory. The result is an accessible read that brings the reader to a new understanding of how to overcome this paralysis to act strategically despite the complexity of the sustainability challenge, and collaboratively in an inherently interdisciplinary process.

You can read the full review here.

May 2, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

Social Well-Being and Pro-Environmental Behavior HER Pre-Print

Prati, G., Albanesi, C. and Pietrantoni, L. 2016 Social Well-Being and Pro-En­vironmental Behavior: A Cross-Lagged Panel Design Human Ecology Review in press [INSERT ACCESS DATE] url:

The main aim of this study was to investigate the bidirectional relationship between social well-being and energy conservation behavior as a form of pro-environmental behavior. Participants were 298 undergraduate and masters students at an Italian public university. We applied structural equation modeling with two waves of survey data from a cross-lagged panel design to investigate reciprocal relationships between latent variables representing social well-being and pro-environmental behavior. Results showed that pro-environmental behavior at baseline predicted later social well-being controlling for the effects of baseline social well-being. Conversely, social well-being at baseline predicted subsequent levels of pro-environmental behavior controlling for previous levels of pro-environmental behavior. Results were compared using multi-group invariance testing of paths across gender. These relationships did not differ between men and women. Together, these findings suggest that a bidirectional relationship between social well-being and pro-environmental behavior is supported.

May 1, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

HER Book review: Capitalism in the Web of Life

Book review: Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital

Reviewed by Laura McKinney

In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore advances a new synthetic framework that draws on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought to formulate a theoretical edifice of capitalism-in-nature (as opposed to capitalism and nature).

This review will appear in a forthcoming issue of Human Ecology Review. A pre-print is available at

April 27, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

ESA Portland Human Ecology Section Travel awards

Applicants must be current members of the Applied Ecology or Human Ecology section of the ESA. The presenting author must have a paper or a poster that has been accepted for presentation at the Portland Annual Meeting. Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at the time of their application.

Apply online at:

March 28, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

All Back Issues of HER Now on JSTOR

Every single back issue of Human Ecology Review (HER) is now available online in a fully searchable catalog within JSTOR’s newly launched Sustainability Collection

HER is an important part of a rich resource for studying environmental stresses and their impact on society. The Sustainability Collection itself features over 145 academic journals the search platform includes a suite of discovery tools for easily exploring key topics, everything from human ecology to green energy to the built environment. To learn more, please visit

Big thanks to all at JSTOR and those at the Society for making this happen!

March 1, 2017 / Rob Dyball

2017 SHE Membership

2017 Membership is open

Please join or renew your membership. Your fees are kept as low as possible. They underpin the running of the society, the publication of Human Ecology Review as an open-access journal, the maintenance of this website as a repository of information for members and the public, and conference co-ordination, among other things.


Membership fees are $60 for regular members, $150 for contributing members, $1,000 for sustaining members, and a reduced rate of $30 for student members, members from developing countries, and retired members. SHE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible.

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