Experimenting in the Apparent Anthropocene: Novel Approaches to Socioecological Research

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 28
Organizers: Alana Rader, Dylan Harris
Chairs: Alana Rader


Session organizers:
Dylan M. Harris, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
Alana Rader, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

In an era of multiple, intersecting, and competing crises - from climate change to the global rise in authoritarianism - there is a push for scholarship that moves beyond critique and towards experimentation (Braun, 2015; Tsing et al., 2017). In the context of an apparent Anthropocene, there is an acknowledgement that research-as-usual may not be able to address the magnitude and complexity of ongoing change. As such, experimental socioecological approaches allow us to re-evaluate if the configuration of our research and our relationship to what we research is effective in addressing pressing issues such as climate change (Braverman, 2018; Knappe et al., 2019). Given this re-evaluation, and in light of the immediacy of global environmental change, there is an opportunity do socioecological research differently, more experimentally.

For this session, we are inspired by what appears to be a growing trend in experimental socioecological research. Increasingly, exciting and innovative projects within Geography are challenging ecological norms to think more creatively and expansively about how biophysical research can be done (Lorimer & Driessen, 2013; Biermann, 2016). Further, researchers are working more collaboratively to build new kinds of socioecological knowledge in the face of significant change (Whatmore & Landström, 2011; Buck, 2019). Within these projects, we can acknowledge and celebrate both diverse perspectives that have been historically overlooked or appropriated (Bethel et al, 2014; Singh, 2018), and knowledge production practices that synthesize and create new forms of socioecological knowledge (De La Cadena, 2015). We are drawn to research that experimentally combines multiple theoretical, methodological, and empirical approaches across disciplinary boundaries (e.g., Lave et al., 2018; Shaw & Corner, 2017) to think through the dual realities of complexity and emergence in the context of the crises mentioned above.


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Presenter Eija Meriläinen*, University College London, Ilan Kelman, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Institute for Global Health, University College London; University of Agder, Sonja L. Myhre, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Laura E.R. Peters, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Institute for Global Health, University College London; College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Michelle Scobie, University of the West Indies, Geordan Shannon, UCL Institute for Global Health, Studying the health of people and ecosystems amidst contemporary expulsions through experimental research design 15 8:45 AM
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