Michael Redclift, Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy, King's College, London

“This is a benchmark study, timely and up-to-date, which examines social and environmental change and the connections between them. It explores global changes while focusing on specific cases and the complexities of research at different levels. The Editors are to be congratulated for bringing together such a thoughtful, comprehensive and incisive volume.”

Miranda A. Schreurs, Professor and Director, Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universitšt Berlin

“This handbook offers a tour through critical questions and arguments being raised by scholars related to environmental, social, and natural interactions at the global, national, and urban levels. It will be a very useful reference for those interested in obtaining an overview of theoretical developments in the study of eco-sociological transformations and international examples of societal and political responses to various environmental risks, uncertainties, and inequalities.”

Ulrich Beck, Professor of Sociology, University of Munich

“This systematic collection of contributions offers a highly informative and sophisticated overview on the state of art for the rapidly expanding literature on the social scientific turn in ecological issues – for beginners as well as for those doing advanced research in these fields.”

Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change

Stewart Lockie, David A. Sonnenfeld, and Dana R. Fisher, eds.

London and New York: Routledge, 2014

Now available!
Hardback: ISBN 978-0-415-78279-1
eBook: ISBN 978-0-203-81455-0


The risks of catastrophic climate change and biodiversity loss throw into focus the impact of humans on ecosystem processes and our dependency, in turn, on the services those processes provide. Adapting our ways of life, our settlements, our systems of food production, etc., to changing ecological circumstances requires more thought than agreement to reduce carbon emissions; it requires us to deepen our understanding of environmental change as a jointly social and ecological process. The Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change reviews the major ways in which social scientists are attempting to conceptualize more integrated perspectives on society and nature. It explores the causes, contradictions and consequences of global social-ecological change, along with the uncertainties and governance dilemmas these create. Case studies are drawn from a variety of sectors across the developed and developing worlds to illustrate the inter-connectedness of ecosystem health, natural resource condition, livelihood security, social justice and development. The Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change aims to:

  • Present multidisciplinary social science perspectives on the co-evolution of human societies and the natural environment;

  • Identify and analyse key governance regimes and adaptation strategies for social and environmental change;

  • Evaluate the ability of social science perspectives on social and environmental change to contribute to more just and sustainable socio-ecological relationships;

  • Highlight research questions and analytical approaches that are under-represented in the research literature and/or policy circles; and

  • Argue the case for research and policy agendas that take a more sophisticated and holistic approach to global and local environmental change.

Keywords: global environmental change, climate change, socio-ecological systems, environmental policy, environmental governance, environmental social science


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last updated December 10, 2013