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New and revived blog coming your way in 2012

Our blog has been a bit on and off this year, much like my commitment and dedication to my PhD, flamenco, samba, learning Tagalog, poi and hulahooping. Guess we can’t do it all. We’ve got grand plans of making this a more crowd sourced project next year with the help of our official webmaster Sandra [...]

navel gazing or pen-pushing: can we make a difference?

A colleague recently commented that at the Human Ecology Forum we take 2 hours a week out of our alternatively relentlessly busy and somewhat self-indulgent schedules to talk about our stuff. And listen to others talk about their stuff. We’re famously called ‘navel gazers’ by other members of our Joseph’s coat faculty members. Comparatively, said [...]

2010 Gerald Young Book Award: tackling wicked problems.

At the recent Society for Human Ecology Conference, Tackling Wicked Problems was awarded the 2010 Gerald Young Book Award for ‘the highest standards of scholarly work in the field of human ecology’. As the only contributing author present, Dr Rob Dyball of ANU accepted the award on behalf of the editors Val Brown, John Harris and Jacqueline Russell and fellow contributors. The [...]

Writing an integrated thesis

A list of exemplary multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary ANU theses

Book: Tackling Wicked Problems through the Transdisciplinary Imagination

Jerome Ravetz said “Valerie Brown and her colleagues-really comrades-have achieved the new synthesis for a scientific practice that is so necessary for the current age

An encounter with Human Ecology in the Philippines

Human ecology is alive and kicking in the Philippines. Hedda Ransan-Elliott gives us the highlights of their recent national conference ‘Forging sustainable partnerships in Human Ecology’

Report from COP15

ANU’s Jasmin Logg-Scarvell tells us about COP15

eco-shopping in the Philippines

I have just moved to Manila, and went shopping for household basics in the truly enormous Trinoma mall yesterday. I searched in vain for recycled toilet paper, settling at last with one half written in Chinese and Korean script, with a picture of an earth and an explanation of how recycled paper saves trees. Sharing [...]

Faux Forum for socio/eco PhD students during the summer break

Welcome to the reawakening of the Human Ecology Forum blog! Following advice from the recently published book ‘Doctorates down under’, a group of PhD students researching the nexus between people and environment are establishing a ‘peer support group’. The group will meet semi-regularly, both through Skype and face-to-face, to discuss their ideas and issues. Interested? [...]

Resilience Thinking and Mangroves in Indonesia

After returning from researching mangrove ecosystems in Simeulue Island, Aceh (next to Nias Island), Ben Brown of Mangrove Action Project stumbled upon Salt and Walker’s book “Resilience Thinking”. It resonated with his experience of working in Southeast Asia in community-based mangrove management, conservation and restoration, and in response to Salt and Walker’s challenge to readers by to explore resilience concepts in the ecosystems that they work in, Ben wrote a fascinating report on the resilience of mangrove ecosystems in Indonesia. Published by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in English and Indonesia, but not currently availble online, we’ve posted the report on the Human Ecology Forum blog for your edification.