West Chester University


Sustainability Research in Sociology

Department of Anthropology & Sociology

It has been argued that "sociology is uniquely equipped with the theoretical and methodological background to contribute scientifically" toward advancing sustainability issues.

Eve Passerini,
The American Sociologist,
Volume 29 (3), September, 1998

Efforts to broaden work in the area of the sociology of sustainability continue to increase. One particularly interesting example is that of UW Oshkosh, where the Winnebago Project seeks to increase the representation of sociologists in sustainability efforts by building from the ground up through education.

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) at NSF seek to increase collaboration between the geosciences and the social and behavioral sciences by augmenting funding for interdisciplinary research related to Environment, Society, and the Economy.

These emerging and challenging problems require integration of concepts, observations, and modeling across diverse fields. GEO and SBE seek to promote interdisciplinary collaborations and integrative research that link the geosciences and the social and behavioral sciences in new and vital ways. Proposals that generate intellectual excitement in both the participating communities are sought. Also encouraged are proposals that have broad educational, societal, or infrastructure impacts that capitalize on this interdisciplinary opportunity.

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