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December 4, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

Special Issue HER: Call for contributed papers Uncovering the Great Indoors

Call for Papers: Uncovering the Great Indoors: transdisciplinary perspectives on indoor ecosystems and their impacts

Special Issue of the Human Ecology Review

Guest Editors: Rachael Wakefield-Rann, Dr Dena Fam


The earth is comprised of multiple biomes; habitats that support particular forms of life and ecosystems. Today, the most rapidly expanding biome on earth is the indoor environment. As cities and buildings have expanded to cover the earth in both horizontal and vertical space, they have created new habitats for different species and ecosystems to thrive.

It has been estimated that people in many industrialised regions of the world now spend up to 90% of their lives indoors. As a consequence, it is imperative that we gain an integrated understanding of the composition of indoor environments, what affects them, and how they affect human and ecological health. Yet, very little is known about the indoor ecosystems that we inhabit. What is known tends to be confined within disciplinary silos, obfuscating the ways that objects, bodies, structures and meanings interact and react to create indoor ecologies.

This lack of integrated knowledge is concerning, as research across disciplines is revealing correlations between components of indoor environments and damage to human and environmental health. For example, recent medical research suggests a strong link between ‘farm like’ microbial communities in the home and low incidence of childhood allergies.[1] There is also toxicological research demonstrating that chemicals used in building materials and consumer products effect the health of building occupants, and the environments in which the chemicals in products are dispersed and disposed of.[2] The way these micro-agents cause harm is complex, non-liner and relational. The way that both chemicals and microbes behave depends on the other chemicals and organisms they interact with, and how they travel through space over time.[3]

This Special Issue offers a unique opportunity, and challenge, to scholars interested in connecting their research to others working to address and improve sub-optimal indoor environments. In an attempt to transcend disciplinary boundaries and draw on what are often disparate areas of research, this special issue invites transdisciplinary perspectives on indoor ecosystems as a complex, ‘wicked’[4] problem.

Full details are in the attached document

November 21, 2017 / societyforhumanecology



The University of Luxembourg is building a transdisciplinary team of researchers who engage in transformative sustainability science:  We invite applications for 3-year full-time post doc position in this team (the position is extendable to 5 years). Whilst we are looking for a scholar with an excellent track record in research and teaching, additional work experience outside of academia is considered a strong asset. Preference will be given to candidates who combine academic expertise relating to research on social-ecological-technological systems with a focus on water or land-use with practical experience in the implementation of scenario approaches, co-design processes, or citizen science. Familiarity with the field of Science Technology Studies is considered very helpful. This position is part of the project NEXUS FUTURES that is funded by the Luxembourg Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures and the University of Luxembourg.  The project seeks to foster transformative learning for sustainable water and land-use governance by engaging stakeholders in collaborative systems mapping and scenario approaches, as well as by co-designing a citizen science tool set for use in river-partnerships and in schools (see attached project description).  As most project-related work with stakeholders is conducted in German and academic publications will be written in English, candidates have to be fluent in both languages. French is an asset, as most relevant policy documents and legislation in Luxembourg are in French.


  • A Ph.D. degree relating to systems or scenario approaches, or citizen science, preferably with some relation to water governance or socio-hydrology
  • Experience in implementing qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Good knowledge of theories, models, and current research in the area of complex social-ecological systems, prior research in the area of hydrology and/or water governance is a strong asset
  • Familiarity with science and technology studies (STS), sociology of knowledge, or related fields that direct attention to the co-production of science, knowledge, technologies and social practices and culture is a plus
  • Strong knowledge of computer programming and experience in the management of ICT development projects is a strong asset
  • Excellent communication and social skills that enable him/her to work in a team
  • Previous experience in European research projects will be considered as an advantage

An excellent command of English and German (written and spoken) is required. Fluency in reading and writing French is helpful.

Our offer to the successful candidate is to become a part of an international and dynamic team that is highly motivated to contribute to transforming social practice for sustainability by engaging in sustainability science. The University is tri-lingual, one of Europe’s most international, and presents a safe space to acquire an additional working language. Luxembourg offers a very high quality of life, a very open international community, short paths to government, and a high degree of influence in the EU. The contract offers competitive compensation, excellent health care and rarely matched paid time off.

Applicants should submit online a letter of motivation, C.V., writing samples, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged.  For further information and to apply,

 Please follow this link:

November 13, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

New Book: Social Ecology in the Digital Age

SHE member Dan Stokols (University of California, Irvine) has just published Social Ecology in the Digital Age – Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World This timely book offers a broad view of people’s relationships with their natural, built, sociocultural, and virtual (online) surroundings, and the joint influence of those environments on behavior, health, and sustainability outcomes from local to global scales.

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October 6, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

SHEXXII Conference Update

SHEXXII_LogoTo date we have 20 countries represented in the conference namely Australia, Brazil, Poland, Africa, Paraguay, Canada, New Zealand, Finland, India, Nepal, Chile, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Japan, Germany, and USA, with over 200 confirmed delegates. Early bird rate registration ended last Oct 2 but regular conference registration rates for attending delegates is still open via until Nov 15. However, for presenting delegates, please note that to be included in the official printed program, we could only review and accept your abstracts, workshops and organized sessions until Oct 15.

The deadline for submission of presentation slides is on October 30 to November 5, 2017. Please refer to attached guidelines for session chair and presenters, suggested power point presentation template, and poster format. May we request all conference delegates to fill out the conference registration form Word format or the Google Form thru this link:

September 27, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

SHE XXIII – Save the Date

ImageDear colleagues and friends,

We are pleased to announce XXIII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology that will take place in Lisbon, from 7-10 July 2018.

It will be organized by the Human Ecology group of the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Please circulate this flyer widely.

Please mark your calendars to:

  • 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 city of Lisbon.


The 1st call for participation and information on submitting of Symposia Proposals, Contributed Papers and Workshops will be forthcoming soon.

In the meantime, anyone with preliminary program suggestions, or contact information for interested colleagues or institutions is invited to reply to


We look forward to welcoming you next year.

All the best,

Iva Pires

(Program Chair: SHE-XXIII)

September 27, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

HER 23.1 Out Now

Human Ecology Review volume 23.1 is now out. This free open-access journal can be downloaded from

The contents of this volume are;

Research and Theory in Human Ecology

Book Reviews

September 27, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

Designing Research Impact in Rural Development: SHEXXII Side Event

This workshop will provide rural development researchers, research funders, and aid managers an insight from a systems based framework for the design and assessment of knowledge, network and policy impacts from research investments.

There is growing need to capture the impacts of research on knowledge, policy, and stakeholder networks. Capturing this can help inform better design of investments that can lead to wider impacts on developing sustainable food systems. These tools are useful for demonstrating value of investments to funders, and assessing benefit of investments to final users.

The research impact tool presented in this workshop is based on an integrative framework that forms part of the Australian Centre’s for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) impact assessment tools. The framework presented and workshopped during this session will be relevant to participants interested in identifying baseline knowledge systems and networks at the design stage of projects, and to participants interested in using a novel framework for capturing impact of research and development investments.

The workshop is a pre-conference activity for the International Society for Human Ecology conference being held at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños.

There is a charge to participate, which is collected by the workshop organizer. Places are limited. See this link for further information and registration.