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 160 members.
The 2013 NABO General Meeting will be held at the Stefansson Arctic Institute on the campus of University of Akureyri, Iceland. There will be two days of public meetings (all open plenary session) on Friday July 12 and Saturday July 13th with breakout potential. We will accommodate both traditional 15 min presentations and longer group reports and discussions, and we welcome your suggestions now. Posters will be accepted freely and students are especially encouraged. Multi-media is also encouraged and with some notice we can arrange for videos. There will be an optional excursion day (probably with bus) to see archaeology and natural wonders in the Myvatn area and local site tours are definitely possible in the Eyjafjord region.
NABO would like to thank the Stefansson Arctic Institute and Jón Haukur Ingimundarson in particular for hosting this meeting and we look forward to seeing as many you there as possible.
With support from the NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability GHEA grant (SEES 1140106) the CUNY Human Ecodynamics Research Center hosted a well-attended one day Open Workshop in Sustainability Science and Education October 15th 2012 at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. This is the first in an annual series intended to connect different disciplinary approaches to sustainability and to showcase the work of graduate students and early career professionals. After a welcoming address by HERC director Sophia Perdikaris the keynote speakers Jago Cooper (then UCL, now British Museum), Steven Hartman (Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Sweden) and Anna Evely (Project MAYA) made presentations on Archaeology for Sustainability, the Advent of Interdisciplinary Environmental Humanities, and Social Media for Sustainability. Following a poster session, Ruth Maher (William Patterson Univ.) made a presentation on the joint CUNY/ WPU/ U Bradford/ Orkney College field school sponsored by the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO) cooperative. There followed a series of powerpoint presentations by over a dozen younger scholars based at CUNY, Columbia U., Copenhagen, Arizona State University, Washington State University, and the University of Maryland. The meeting was socially successful as well, with many contacts made or renewed and good fun before and after. Thanks to all who helped make this a success.
The presentations are available on the GHEA slideshare site.
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.
International Conference: Call for Papers
May 29th-30th 2012
Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Kirkwall, Scotland
This interdisciplinary conference will bring together academics and practitioners to discuss and critically analyse Heritage and Sustainability through presentations, posters and round table discussion, under the following themes:
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.
Grant Award: Sophia Perdikaris and other GHEA members have been awarded a new NSF grant titled the Office of Polar Programs Science, Engineering, & Education Research Coordination Network grant no 1140106. The project officially starts on 1st December 2011 and a one page summary is available here.
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:
GHEA exists to facilitate greater communication, collaboration, and engagement in human-ecodynamic research, education and policy by operating as a “bottom-up”, 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.