Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance

The Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (GHEA) is an organization of social scientists, natural scientists, historians, educators, students, policy makers, and others interested in promoting cutting-edge research, education, and application of the socioecological dynamics of coupled human and natural systems across scales of space and time. GHEA membership is free and open for participation to anyone who registers and agrees to follow the GHEA rules. We currently have over 190 members.

GHEA Login/Registering Updated

We have overhauled the GHEA login and registering system. This means that no passwords are held in the NABO database and instead this is dealt with by the University of Edinburgh's central EASE system. Fresh instructions are now available for new registrations. All exisiting users will only need to register with EASE once and your details remain unaltered. An email will be sent to all exisiting users explaining the changes [15/02/2014].

Heritage At Risk: SCAPE Trust--Scotland's Heritage At Risk Project

This video was shot by Regan Alsup and shows the impact of coastal erosion on the archaeology of Brora, Scotland. The SCAPE Trust (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) aims to conserve and promote the archaeology of Scotland's coast. The related SCHARP (Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project) aims to provide opportunties for the public to take part in archaeological and historical exploration and discovery.


Understanding the Human Dimensions of Long-term Environmental Change: Transformations of Iceland from the Viking Era through the late Medieval Period (CE 850-1500)

A unique graduate course in integrated Environmental Humanities and Scoeial Sciences will take place at Bįršardalur, Northern Iceland between the 5-15th June 2015. The Svartarkot Culture-­-Nature intensive graduate summer course (7.5 ECTS) Understanding the Human Dimensions of Long-­-term Environmental Change is co-­-organized by The Reykjavik Academy, City University of New York and Mid Sweden University, in close cooperation with NABO (The North Atlantic Biocultural Organisation), NIES (The Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies), GHEA (The Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance) and the Circumpolar Networks case of IHOPE. The course is accredited by University of Akureyri.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015.

Aimed at masters and doctoral-level study, this summer course based on the Northern edge of the Icelandic highland wilderness addresses questions of long-term societal resilience in the face of climate change, competition and societal conflict over natural resources, effects of early globalization and anthropogenic transformation of landscapes and ecosystems at multiple times scales. Building upon the successful course Environmental Memory and Change in Medieval Iceland organized in August 2014, the 2015 course involves multiple excursions and lectures in the field and integrates perspectives, theories and methodologies from multiple disciplines in the environmental humanities and social sciences. The course focuses chiefly on human dimensions of long-term environmental change with the aid of innovative digital humanities tools and outputs, close reading of medieval documentary and literary sources in translation and reviews of the latest archeological and palaeoecological research and field work in Northern Iceland. All course lectures, readings, discussions and writing will be in English.


Historical Ecology: The Next Generation

Together with IHOPE, the research node Mind and Nature at Uppsala University announces a call for papers for a student-focused workshop on Historical Ecology: The Next Generation in Uppsala, Sweden. The workshop, to take place November 12-13 2014, will provide early stage researchers a venue to discuss their perspectives on the study of human-environment interactions over the longue duree. Students in earth and social sciences and humanities are encouraged to present their own research applying aspects of historical ecological analysis. The event aims to generate conversation regarding historical ecology's future as a theoretical framework for addressing interrelationships among societies, environments, and climates. More information can be found here.

Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation by September 30 2014.


Inscribing Environmental Memory in the Icelandic Sagas

The Inscribing Environmental Memory in the Icelandic Sagas (IEM) project, which aims to link literary and historical studies of the Sagas to environmental records, has launched its own webpages. IEM aims to bring together scholars working on Icelandic/Scandinavian/North Atlantic history, literature, archaeology, environment, and climatic change. Further details are available from the NABO IEM and the Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) websites.

Environmental Memory and Change in Medieval Iceland

A two week (August 1st - August 15th 2014) summer course (10 ECTS*) in Iceland for Masters and Doctoral students with interest in supplementing their studies that fall within the following disciplines: Literary Ecocriticism, Environmental History, Environmental Archeology and Environmental Anthropology. Application deadline May 7th 2014. Further details on this course..


Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World

BBC 4 are showing a 1 hour 30 minutes programme written by Jago Cooper on his research into the collapse of the Easter Island civilisation. The programme is being shown on BBC 4 on Thursday 30 January 21:00 GMT, Friday 31 January 0.05 GTM and Tuesday 4 February 22:00 GMT. It will also be accessible on BBC iPlayer.

"This film examines the latest scientific and archaeological evidence to reveal a compelling new narrative, one that sees the famous statues as only part of a complex culture that thrived in isolation. Cooper finds a path between competing theories about what happened to Easter Island to make us see this unique place in a fresh light." More information on this programme.


Global Human Econdynamic Alliance Open Workshop 2013

November 4th-6th 2013 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. George Hambrecht, Anthropology Department, University of Maryland, College Park. 0111 Woods Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 20742. Email - Skype - George Hambrecht.

You are cordially invited to the upcoming Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance 2013 Sustainability Science and Education meeting and workshop series held at University of Maryland, College Park from November 4th through November 6th 2013. It will be hosted by the University of Maryland Anthropology Department. This meeting is supported by the US National Science Foundation Arctic Social Sciences Program, the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) and U Maryland

Further details about this meeting are available here.


Vilnius Declaration

The Vilnius Declaration established the European Environmental Humanities Alliance, more details on this initiative are available here. Humans are the key factor in both creating and solving the challenges of global environmental change. The emerging field of the Environmental Humanities represents an under-utilized resource of knowledge, activity and practice that can and must be activated and integrated with the other sciences to guide a more humane transformation of environment and society. More details are available on their website and there is considerable overlap with the aims of the GHEA community.


Cooper, J and Sheets, P. (eds) (2012) Surviving Sudden Environmental Change: Answers from Archaeology. University Press of Colorado, Boulder p256.

The University Press of Colorado have just published a new book on how the archaeological record can help us to understand how we can cope with sudden environmental change. This book arose out of the October 2009 meeting in Maine, which lead to the creation of GHEA and this is the first major publication from our group.

The editors, Jago Cooper and Payson Sheets, have brought together authors from a wide variety of backgrounds to contribute to this publication. It is available to buy for only $19.99, but it can be downloaded for free as a PDF from The University Press of Colorado

This will hopefully be the first of many collaborative publications from the GHEA community. Feel free to join GHEA here.


HERC Launch: The Human Ecodynamics Research Center (HERC) at the CUNY Graduate Center is coordinating the effort of scholars in a formal research collaborative addressing crucial issues of sustainability, resilience, and the future of humans on earth. HERC focuses on the past and present global interactions of humans and the natural world, using fields of inquiry and methods of investigation from anthropology, archaeology, sociology, geosciences, climatology, biological sciences, art, history, and political science.


The Working Groups section of the website is now available. GHEA members can create working groups and join groups that have already been created. Non-GHEA members can read the Working Group pages, public posts in the forums, but cannot contribute to the forums or view private posts.

GHEA sees the expansion, integration, and augmentation of cutting edge human ecodynamics basic research, education, and science-based policy as critical to the development of a more sustainable approach to human-environment engagement in the future. This research must include the integration of a temporal perspective in short medium and deep time scales. We believe that as a result of focused efforts, by 2020 society can be better equipped to utilize the results of this research for practical problem solving.

GHEA's mission is to facilitate the growth in effective human-ecodynamics research by:

  1. bringing professional and student members of the GHEA community together to explore cutting edge questions of theory, method and case studies in Human Ecodynamics in the past and present
  2. producing academic articles and books as well as popular texts and media synthesizing the results of these focused intellectual engagements
  3. providing a forum for interdisciplinary community building and research collaborations
  4. fostering the growth of the GHEA research community though student outreach and education
  5. pursuing policy changes where GHEA science supports such engagement

GHEA exists to facilitate greater communication, collaboration, and engagement in human-ecodynamic research, education and policy by operating as a ā€œbottom-upā€, community-driven entity. This web portal is set up to facilitate individual participation in GHEA. The effort will succeed only through the efforts of participants. Modeled after other successful, grass-roots movements, this web site has been created to allow users to define the directions and emphasis of GHEA identity, activities, and productivity.