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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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June 27, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

Stephen Boyden – Nosso Lugar na natureza: no passado, no presente e no futuro

The Society for Human Ecology has published a Portuguese version of Stephen Boyden’s Our Place in Nature: past, present, and future. It is freely available from ANU Open Research Repository under a Creative Commons License. Feel free to use and reproduce in boyden-cover-smallyour teaching and learning without seeking permission. Thanks to Johannes Hooij for the primary translation, with input from Alpina Begossi and Alfredo Fantini, as well as Rob Dyball and John Schooneveldt for making this happen, and of course to Stephen Boyden for permission.

Como humanos, seres vivos, somos produtos da Natureza, vivendo em total dependência dos processos vitais dentro e fora de nós. Os processos vitais formam a base, permeiam e possibilitam tudo o que acontece em nossa sociedade. Por isso devemos mantê-los sãos, esta é para nós uma prioridade absoluta.

You can access copies here.


June 20, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

Paradise on Fire – ASLE conference

Paradise on Fire

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

Thirteenth Biennial Conference, June 26-30 2019, of California Davis

June 8, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

SHE XXIII Conference Updates


The date of the congress is approaching and we have more news to share with you!

We are excited by the substantial number of good quality submissions that we have received. We have 16 Symposium sessions (SY) (some of them with two parts) and 16 Contributed Papers Sessions (CP) (some of them with two parts) as well as 17 Posters.

Thus, we send you the first version of the program so you can check when and at what time you will present your paper. Please send us your comments and questions.

We also have confirmed all the Keynote speakers. Learn more about the speakers attending at SHE Conference.

We are pleased to announce the Winners of “SHE Conference Travel Grant Award”

1. Clarissa Juanico, College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
2. Manuel Berrio, enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Cornell University, Colombian
3. Marina Reche Felipe, PhD student in Human Sciences from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
4. Anna Bettini, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Italian

Offer of the Conference registration fee
Maíra Borgonha, PhD candidate in Marine Biology at Universidade Federal Fluminense, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Applications were assessed by
Richard Bordon, College of the Atlantic, USA
Kira West, College of the Atlantic, USA
Robert Dyball, The Australian National University, Australia
Iva Pires, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Note:  The grant funds ($500) will be distributed as a reimbursement — at the registration desk — upon arrival at the conference.

Gala Dinner

We have already chosen the place for our Gala Dinner:

The restaurant of the Associação Naval de Lisboa (Naval Association of Lisbon), next to the Tejo River, is in front of the monument that is the logo of our congress.

Adress: Avenida Brasilia – Doca de Belém – Associação Naval de Lisboa 1400-038 Lisboa Portugal (see it in Google Maps)

The dinner will take place on the 9th July. We would like to count on all of you. The final price is 20 euros and the menu includes starters, main dish, soft drinks and wine and dessert. The main dish is cod fish.

We set up a questionnaire to gather information about dinner. Please sign in here and note your interest in participating, as well as whether you have any dietary restrictions, or if you prefer a vegetarian or vegan menu.

Payment can be made on arrival or by bank transfer. We will briefly send you more information about how to make the bank transfer.

Conference fees

  • Professional (with paid 2018 SHE membership) = $255
  • Professional (includes 2018 SHE membership) = $325
  • Student/Developing Nation Participant (with paid 2018 SHE membership) = $125
  • Student/Developing Nation Participant (includes 2018 SHE membership) = $160
Make your registration here
You can find useful information about the city of Lisbon on the congress website.

We look forward to meeting you in Lisbon!

All conference related inquiries, submissions and replies should be sent directly to

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:

All other Society information can be found on SHE’s website:

Thank you for your ideas and assistance.

Iva Pires,
President-Elect: SHE
Program Chair: SHE-XXIII