At SESYNC, we have spent over a decade believing that environmental sustainability problems are also inherently social problems. Therefore, to find viable solutions to our most pressing sustainability issues, it is necessary to conceptualize them within a socio-environmental framework. The following resources on this page aim to help researchers by:
- Introducing the basics of socio-environmental systems.
- Explaining the value of integrating interdisciplinary perspectives into a collaboration to broaden the scope of understanding these problems.
- Suggesting some methods and approaches for synthesizing and analyzing the different kinds of data these disciplines may bring.
The Basics of Socio-Environmental Systems
New to socio-environmental (S-E) systems? Check out the brief, introductory explainer articles and videos below that provide a high-level overview of S-E systems, their main components, and their behaviors.
Teamwork: The Advantages of Integrating Different Disciplinary Perspectives
The following resources explain the benefits of integrating the expertise and perspectives of different disciplines in the pursuit of solving sustainability problems. The videos and articles provide evidence for why this type of socio-environmental research is beneficial, introduce some of the core tenets of interdisciplinary team science, and suggest best practices for effective collaboration.
Methods and Approaches for Analyzing Diverse Socio-Environmental Data
Socio-environmental systems can be difficult to study due to their complexity and their tendency to generate both quantitative and qualitative data. The following explainer articles and videos introduce some common methodologies and approaches that researchers can use to model, synthesize, and analyze data to learn more about socio-environmental systems.