Find out more about our areas of interest: 


Understanding past socio-ecological systems

  •     How do humans shape the environment, and at what spatial and temporal scales? 
  •     What are the socio-economic and cultural impacts of ecosystem collapse and how do societies respond to it? 
  •     How did societies change their subsistence and economic strategies in response to environmental change?
  •     How has environmental and climate change impacted human mobility and migration?
  •     Are humans significant agents of change in promoting/degrading biodiversity and when, where and how does this occur?

Identifying tipping points

  •     At what point do human-induced socio-ecological changes outstrip our ability to adapt to them?
  •     Can we identify changes in population structure and social organisation, and link them to environmental, climatic, subsistence transitions?
  •     Are there any thresholds of human interference beyond which the environment cannot revert back to previous states? 
  •     What makes societies resilient to system transitions?

Informing modern interventions

  •     Can we identify traditional technologies and management practices that are useful in modern contexts?
  •     What do we need to know to inform, and change, current practices with a look to future sustainability?
  •     How can interdisciplinarity be encouraged in order to maximise potential of datasets
  •     How can we empower communities to drive change to sustainable practices?
  •     Why and how do people change their behaviour?