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Urban Ecological Sustainability: Multi-level Governance of Water, Energy & Carbon in the Northeast Megaregion of the United States

The emergence of megaregions across the globe is an unplanned experiment in urban growth that often encompasses multiple ecoregions, multiple governance arrangements, and biogeochemical interdependencies. This pursuit will use the Washington, DC-to-Boston urban megaregion as a case study to explore the linkages between urban infrastructure, ecological thresholds, governance strategies, and coupled biogeochemical cycles.

Ecological vs. Political Time Scales for Expected Outcomes to Restoration

The time scales over which ecological systems respond to signals from their environments (both human and nonhuman) are subject to physical and biological constraints—species populations can only grow so fast; coral larvae can only re-colonize devastated reefs with limited speed; rivers release nutrients stored in sediments over decades, if not millennia. Humans often take action, and expect a response, over much shorter time scales—a few months to a few decades, at most.

The Limits of Environmental Governance

Bringing together colleagues from both academia and the world of practice, participants in this synthesis project will develop a more acute and systematic understanding of the promise and limits of environmental governance in relation to the long term sustainability of social-ecological/human-environmental systems.

Sociological Perspectives on Non-State Actors in Environmental Governance

In recent years, extensive research has emerged on the role of non-state actors within environmental decision-making, stewardship, and governance. This research has focused on a variety of environmental issues/policy domains and at multiple scales of governance, from the local to the transnational.

[SESYNC Seminar] Eigenfactor: Measuring & Mapping Scientific Knowledge

As De Solla Price noted in 1965, scholarly literature forms a vast network - where the nodes are the millions of papers published in scholarly journals and the links are the hundreds of millions of citations connecting these papers. New approaches to measuring and mapping citation networks are improving our ability to identify influential articles, scholars, and institutions that have spurred new fields of research or bridged existing

[SESYNC Seminar] Understanding Individual Behavior in Social Media Using a Complex Systems Approach

The dramatic feature of social media is that it gives everyone a voice: anyone can speak out and express their opinion to a crowd of followers with little or no cost or effort, which creates a loud and potentially overwhelming marketplace of ideas. The good news is that organizations have more data than ever about what their consumers are saying about their brand. The bad news is that this huge amount of data is difficult to sift through.

[SESYNC Seminar Series] Ties that Bind: Demographic & Economic Factors Underlying Social Networks & Sustainability in Rural Alaska

Arctic communities are experiencing unprecedented challenges caused by global forces of climatic, economic, ecological, political, and cultural change. The mixed cash-subsistence economies of rural villages reflect the complex interplay among these forces, so understanding the relationship between contemporary practices and accumulated cultural values, norms, and institutions can guide efforts to assess individual adaptability and community resilience.

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