Understanding Human Ecology 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.
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