Considerations in representing human individuals in social ecological models

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Abstract

In this chapter we focus on how to integrate the human individual into social-ecological systems analysis, and how to improve research on individual thought and action regarding the environment by locating it within the broader social-ecological context. We discuss three key questions as considerations for future research: (1) is human thought conceptualized as a dynamic and adaptive process, (2) is the individual placed in a multi-level context (including within-person levels, person-group interactions, and institutional and structural factors), and (3) is human thought seen as mutually constructed with the social and natural environment. Increased emphasis on the individual will be essential if we are to understand agency, innovation, and adaptation in social-ecological systems.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Considerations in representing human individuals in social ecological models
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-8959-2_7
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description 22 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Understanding society and natural resources
First page 137
Last page 158