Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. The Status of Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ilan Kelman, Eugene A. Rosa, Tom R. Burns, Paul Ehrlich, Joan M. Diamond, Nora Machado et al.
      Pages 25-43 Open Access
  3. Topics in Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Jörg Friedrichs
      Pages 67-92 Open Access
    3. Melissa L. Finucane, Jefferson Fox, Sumeet Saksena, James H. Spencer
      Pages 93-109 Open Access
    4. Graham Epstein, Abigail Bennett, Rebecca Gruby, Leslie Acton, Mateja Nenadovic
      Pages 111-135 Open Access
    5. Michael J. Manfredo, Tara L. Teel, Michael C. Gavin, David Fulton
      Pages 137-158 Open Access
  4. Methodological Advances for Facilitating Social Science Integration

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-261

About this book


In this edited open access book leading scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds wrestle with social science integration opportunities and challenges. This book explores the growing concern of how best to achieve effective integration of the social science disciplines as a means for furthering natural resource social science and environmental problem solving. The chapters provide an overview of the history, vision, advances, examples, and methods that could lead to integration.

The quest for integration among the social sciences is not new. Some argue that the social sciences have lagged in their advancements and contributions to society due to their inability to address integration related issues. Integration merits debate for a number of reasons. First, natural resource issues are complex and are affected by multiple proximate driving social factors. Single disciplinary studies focused at one level are unlikely to provide explanations that represent this complexity and are limited in their ability to inform policy recommendations. Complex problems are best explored across disciplines that examine social-ecological phenomenon from different scales. Second, multi-disciplinary initiatives such as those with physical and biological scientists are necessary to understand the scope of the social sciences. Too frequently there is a belief that one social scientist on a multi-disciplinary team provides adequate social science representation. Third, more complete models of human behavior will be achieved through a synthesis of diverse social science perspectives.


Climate change and society Emerging infectious diseases Environmental problem solving Facilitating social science integration Human sustainability Humanity and the biosphere (MAHB) Land change research and modelling Land degradation and desertification Livelihoods, poverty and conservation Natural resource social science integration Representing human individuals Resouce challenges and conflicts Risk governance research Science during crisis Social ecological systems Social science integration opportunities and challenges Solving sustainability challenges Status of integration The social-ecological system framework Water managing

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Manfredo
    • 1
  • Jerry J. Vaske
    • 2
  • Andreas Rechkemmer
    • 3
  • Esther A. Duke
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept of Human Dimensions of Natural ResourcesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Dept of Human Dimensions of Natural ResourcesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  3. 3.Graduate School of Social WorkUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  4. 4.Dept of Human Dimensions of Natural ResourcesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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