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May 25, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

ESA New Orleans Travel Awards

Applied Ecology Section / Human Ecology Section joint travel awards.

The applied and human ecology sections have three travel grants of $500 each to award to students who have had either a paper or a poster accepted for presentation at ESA New Orleans. Apply via this link.
April 26, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

SHEXXIII Draft Program

A first draft program for SHEXXIII has been posted at

Hurry, the extended conference deadline is April 28th! Join us

April 26, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

HER Pre-print: Bringing the Body into Environmental Behavior

A new pre-print from the next issue of HER has been posted at

Bringing the Body into Environmental Behavior: The Corporeal Element of Social Practice and Behavioral Change

Chelsea Schelly, Michigan Technological University


This paper argues that understanding environmentally responsible behavior as a constellation of practices, specifically practices that involve bodily engagement, provides the most promising avenue for future research seeking to explain and encourage patterns of behavior that are environmentally responsible and promote environmental sustainability. Drawing on scholarship on theories of practice, and sociological research on alternative technology adoption and alternative communities, this essay brings attention to the corporeal nature of practice. To understand environmentally responsible behavior, scholarship must acknowledge that humans are reflexively engaged with the material world, and engaging in alternative practices means engaging in alternative bodily habits, routines, and rituals. Empirical research that focuses on the corporeal elements of environmental practice may offer fruitful insight for enhanced scholarship in environmental social science and the promotion of environmental engagement.

April 11, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

New SHE Officers and Board Members


The Society for Human Ecology is pleased to announce appointment of the following new officers and board members.   This is an exciting group of individuals with diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds.  We look forward to working together with them on the Society’s agenda of international networking, conference planning, publication of SHE’s journal – Human Ecology Review, and related activities.



 First Vice President (President-elect)

Iva Miranda Pires
Universidade Nova De Lisboa

Iva Miranda Pires is associate professor at the Faculdade Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa; she has a degree in Geography, from Universidade de Coimbra and a PhD in Human Geography, from Universidade de Lisboa. She teaches at the Sociology Department where she also coordinates the master and the PhD programs in Human Ecology. She is a team member of CICS Nova, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences.  She is involved in the coordination or as team member of several research projects funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) and international projects. She co-coordinated the team of PERDA (Project on the Study and Reflection on Food Waste), Green Ideas Award 2011. She is the scientific coordinator of Fellow Mundus (2014-2017), an EU mobility program with Latin America universities. Her main scientific areas of research are human ecology and sustainable development and social and economic geography.


Third Vice President

Sue Liza Saguiguit
University of the Philippines – Los Banos

Dr. Sue Liza C. Saguiguit is an Associate Professor and a former Dean of the College of Human Ecology (CHE), University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB). She is currently the Assistant to the Chancellor and the Director of the Office of Alumni Relations at UPLB. She teaches courses in Human Ecology, Human Development, Human Migration, Housing and Family, and Community Resource Management. She has published several papers on the environmental learning of children in agricultural rural communities, indigenous play activities and environmental values of children in rural communities, and the awareness of environmental health hazards of street children, among others. Her current research interests include family intergenerational transfer of indigenous knowledge, food and nutrition security of families, and human development in settlements design and planning. Her academic background in Human Ecology includes the areas of Human Settlements, Human Environment and Design, Human Development, and Family and Child Ecology. She pursued her graduate studies and received her PhD from Michigan State University, USA.


Board Members

Jennifer Givens
Utah State University

I am an environmental and comparative international sociologist. Broadly, I study coupled human and natural systems. My research examines environmental and social sustainability across nation-states, and I study how these relationships change over time. In some of my research I investigate variation in countries’ carbon intensity of well-being, which is a way to measure a country’s progress toward simultaneous environmental and social sustainability by asking how carbon intensely nation-states produce well-being for citizens. This research explores the effects of unequal global integration and militarization, addresses issues of inequality, human well-being, sustainability, and energy use, and explores the connections between development and drivers of climate change. In other research, I explore various forms of environmental concern and action and their causes and consequences, both across and within nations. I am also working on interdisciplinary research on resilience and sustainability in food, energy, and water systems. My research is quantitative, and I employ both longitudinal and multilevel modeling techniques.


Michael J. Kimball
University of Northern Colorado

Michael J. Kimball is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and a member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). He served as UNC’s 2007/8 Schulze Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies and directed its Center for Honors, Scholars & Leadership from 2008-2013. His scholarship focuses on heritage place building research, engaged anthropology, and archaeology. He serves on the editorial boards for Partnerships, the eJournal of Public Affairs, and the Journal of Heritage Management (Sage, India). Kimball’s teaching includes community engaged anthropological research and a long-term partnership with the international nonprofit, Soliya, which connects students from Western nations to their counterparts in Middle Eastern nations through online, face-to-face, small-group dialogues. He is a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher, co-author of UNC’s Community and Civic Engagement Plan, and author of a new book, Ethnowise: Embracing Culture Shock to Build Resilience, Responsiveness & Connection (Kendall Hunt Publishing).


Lori Peek
University of Colorado-Boulder

Lori Peek is director of the Natural Hazards Center and professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and has conducted field investigations in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, the Christchurch earthquakes, the Joplin tornado, Superstorm Sandy, and Hurricane Matthew. Peek is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina. Peek has received numerous awards for her scholarship, teaching, and service to the broader hazards and disaster community. She is past Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology and is currently the President of the Research Committee on Disasters for the International Sociological Association. She is a Board Member for the William Averette Anderson Fund, which is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented professionals in hazards and disaster research and practice.


Daniel Stokols
University of California, Irvine

Dan Stokols is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at the University of California, Irvine and served as founding dean of UCI’s School of Social Ecology His research and teaching activities are in the fields of social ecology, environmental and ecological psychology, public health, and transdisciplinary team science.  Stokols has served as consultant to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the W.M. Keck and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, and several community organizations. He is co-author of Behavior, Health, and Environmental Stress (1986), the National Academy of Sciences report on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science(2015), and co-editor of the Handbook of Environmental Psychology (1987), Environmental Simulation (1993) and Promoting Human Wellness (2002). His most recent book, Social Ecology in the Digital Age, was published in October, 2017


Harry Weekes
Head, The Sage School

Raised on the East Coast until the ripe age of three, Harry moved to Idaho in 1972. He studied Environmental Science, Biology and Studio Art at Middlebury College, and earned his graduate degree in Life Science from the University of Maryland in College Park. After 25 years of teaching and researching topics ranging from how the built environment enhances learning to brain development, he continues his work as an aspiring adolescent anthropologist. Harry founded The Sage School (an independent grades 6-12 school) in an effort to fully explore the ideas, methods, and philosophies embodied by the school, and because he believes that including adolescents is essential in creating real and positive change. He is curious about and interested in many things: writing, sketching, Biology, Ecology, watercolor, and agriculture. He has served on the Board of Directors of the local Hunger Coalition, and is currently on the development team of Quigley Farm, a neighborhood development dedicated to building a thriving and restorative community through collaborations and partnerships that produce sustainable economic, social, and environmental benefits.  Harry has a wonderful wife, three children, a dog, two cats and a smattering of chickens.


Student Representatives

Igor d’Anglis
Universidade Nove De Lisboa

Igor d’Angelis has a BsC in Biological Sciences and a master in Development and Environment at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB – Brazil).  He is currently studying local ecological knowledge applied to fisheries management in marine ecosystems as part of his PhD research in Human Ecology at New University of Lisbon (FCSH – UNL).


Kira West
College of the Atlantic

Kira is a second year graduate student at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, and currently serves as network manager for the Society for Human Ecology.  In addition to her graduate assistantship for the Society, she is working on a master’s thesis focused on place-based and outdoor education in Downeast Maine. Her project is an ethnography concentrating on the implementation of alternative education and the role of place-based education in the United States. She intends to start her own school of outdoor education and continue contributing scholarly work to the field of education and education reform.

April 5, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

SHEXXIII Keynote Wendy Gunn

We are pleased to announce Wendy Gunn will give a keynote presentation on the Human Ecology of the Micro Cosmos at  SHEXXIII conference, Lisbon July 7-10.

Wendy Gunn is Senior Research Fellow, Research [x] Design Research Group, Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium. She was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from KU Leuven Research Council to collaborate with Prof Ann Heylighen (architecture) and Prof Dirk Saelens (building physics). The research seeks to leverage scientific research involving patients’ sensorial experience and perceptual acuity to inform future design of measurement experiments towards improving indoor air quality within hospital healthcare settings. Her research has involved the co-design of the research framework for the wider research project: An Anthropological Inquiry by Means of Design Towards Improving Indoor Air Quality Within Hospital Settings, and a pilot study Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies and Methods in Data Collection of Air Quality (Measured and Perceived) within Hospital Healthcare Settings.As a researcher, she has cross-disciplinary expertise in architecture, anthropology and design and significant experience of conducting collaborative research as part of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary design teams involving both the private and public sectors. Central to her research is a close connection between theory and practice, research and teaching.

For more information see

February 27, 2018 / societyforhumanecology


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List of Lisbon Hotels with Special Rates

January 25, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

HER Pre-Print: Human Ecology and Food Systems

An online pre-print of Davila, F. 2018 Human Ecology and Food Systems: Insights from the Philippines to appear in a forthcoming issue of Human Ecology Review can be downloaded from

A full abstract is here