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May 1, 2019 / societyforhumanecology

Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (APRU SCL) Conference

Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (APRU SCL) Conference

APRU SCL brings together experts from around the region to exchange ideas and engage in activities focused on sustainable city-landscape interactions.  

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (APRU SCL) announces opening registration for its upcoming 2019 conference hosted by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia from August 29 through September 1, 2019.

The APRU SCL conference invites academics, practitioners, and public officials from different disciplines to collaborate on research and advocacy projects that foster long-term sustainability and resilient city-landscape relationships. This three-day conference is structured around 11 working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues. Each conference attendee will contribute to a working group of their choice as well as participate in conference-wide plenaries and events.

Visit the 2019 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference website for more information about the conference program and working groups. To register, first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to your preferred Working Group. Upon acceptance into the Working Group, you will be able to register for the conference. Early bird registration of $225 USD ends on June 15, and after that will increase to $275 USD. The conference registration covers lunch, morning and afternoon tea during the days of the event, and a special dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour on Friday evening, August 30.

January 17, 2019 / societyforhumanecology

Human Ecology Review 24:2 out now

Human Ecology Review 24:2 out now – free open access! This special issue is an interdisciplinary collection of papers on the ecology of the indoor environment – an important and under-studied part of our biosphere and everyday lives.

Published by ANU Press at …

December 21, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

Human Ecology Section Awarded ESA Section Development Grant

We are very pleased to have been awarded a Section Development Grant for 2019. Titled The Human Dimensions Collaborative the grant is for a workshop held in Indiana on Saturday 10th August (ie the day before ESA XXIV commences). The workshop is designed to bring together several ESA sections that are oriented around human dimensions of environmental problems and the unjust distribution of their burdens. There is a unique opportunity for these sections to collaborate to share their respective areas of expertise and help ESA as we share the pursuit of a range of our association’s strategic goals. These include ESA’s mission goals of ‘promoting ecological science by improving communication among members’ and ensuring the ‘appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy makers’

Details to be developed, but if you have not already done so, you may wish to renew your ESA membership, nominating the Human Ecology Section as your ‘free’ section. Also, see the ‘free section membership’ information below.

December 19, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

ESA Offering Graduate Student Policy Awards

Are you a science graduate student interested in the intersection between policy and science? The Ecological Society of America (ESA) invites applications for its Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA).  ESA will give the policy award to ten students for 2019. Offered each year, this award gives graduate students hands-on science policy experience including interacting with congressional decision-makers, federal agency officials, and others engaged in science and public policy. The 2019 policy event is March 25-27, 2019.

For more information, see

October 3, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

Jahi Chappell at ANU

Dr. M. Jahi Chappell Open forum lecture at the Australian National University
Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil,and Beyond – Society for Human Ecology winner of the Gerald Young Book Award
Tuesday 16 October, 2018, 11am – 12noon – all welcome

Beginning to End Hunger presents the story of Belo Horizonte, home to 2.5 million people and the site of one of the world’s most successful food security programs.

Since its Municipal Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security was founded in 1993 Belo Horizonte has sharply reduced malnutrition, leading it to serve as an inspiration for Brazil’s renowned Zero Hunger programs. The secretariat’s work with local family farmers shows how food security, rural livelihoods, and healthy ecosystems can be supported together. In this convincing case study, M. Jahi Chappell establishes the importance of holistic approaches to food security, suggests how to design successful policies to end hunger, and lays out strategies for enacting policy change. With these tools, we can take the next steps toward achieving similar reductions in hunger and food insecurity elsewhere in the developed and developing worlds.

September 25, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

SHE Presidential Welcome

image1.pngWelcome! My name is Iva Pires and I am the new President of the Society for Human Ecology. I’m very pleased to address you all a few words.

First of all, let me introduce myself. I’m a professor and a researcher at NOVA de Lisboa, a Portuguese public university (host of SHE’s XXIIIrd International Conference) — where I coordinate the Master and PhD programs in Human Ecology, offered since 1992 and 2010 respectively.

SHE has been a major driving force in the interdisciplinary field of human ecology, with important accomplishments and successes. We remain committed to following the example of previous Presidents and of what they have achieved.

But we need to move forward. For example, we intend to design a more informative and enjoyable new website, and we are already preparing for the SHE-XXIV conference in 2020. The wonderful mix of so many nationalities, backgrounds and expertise provides a rich base for meaningful dialogue and a wonderful opportunity for networking and presenting your work.

We also invite you to visit the Human Ecology Review, SHE’s official free-access journal that publishes peer-reviewed interdisciplinary research on all aspects of human–environment interactions, to explore it and to submit your work.   

As we continue to broaden our horizons, we believe that SHE is especially well positioned to play a key role in stimulating and deepening fruitful collaborations among colleagues all over the world.

Please let us know about your suggestions for SHE´s improvement and your expectations for its future. We look forward to sharing innovative ideas and projects — and welcome you all in this renewed journey. Come join us!


September 25, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

Delta Danube Life —- An Invitation to Collaborate from Mihnea Tanasescu, SHE Board Member

Over the last three years I have studied rewilding projects throughout Europe and noticed a big gap between the intention of building nature-based local economies and the reality of implementation.

To fill this gap and move research into practice, I co-founded, together with two partners, a social enterprise in the Danube Delta (Romania) to assist local people in making a living from wild nature.

Our enterprise – Danube Delta Life – is currently part of the business incubator at Cambridge Social Ventures at the Judge Business School. Please have a look at our profile on University of Cambridge website.

We are interested in helping develop local economies away from extraction of resources, but also away from overdependence on tourism. To this end, we are working with our local partners to create the conditions for attracting research groups to the Danube Delta, an area of incredible bio and cultural diversity.

We have a vision of research groups – undergraduate and graduate – studying geography (human and otherwise), ecology, biology, anthropology, and other related fields in local communities that can benefit from research results.

If you or other colleagues would like to take advantage of what we and our local partners have to offer for your field trips, do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you wish to plan upcoming field trips with your students for classes and seminars you will lead in the coming years, we are glad to work with you and provide personalized offers that fit the needs of your research trips.
For information about the area and what it offers students and researchers, take a look at these
sections of our website:

Please do not hesitate to get in touch for whatever information you might need regarding the logistical support you would need in the area and the research subjects you are interested in.

Kind regards,
Mihnea Tanasescu
Danube Delta Life co-founder

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