Social, Cultural and Environmental Connections

Geography is ideally placed, through its broad range of theoretical and methodological tools, to throw light on the complex connections between the human and natural system. 

Thus, we identify, develop and question ways in which societies and cultures value resources across perspectives ranging from rural livelihoods through biodiversity and water resources to recreation. Our research scales from local to global, and from global to local, in locations as diverse as Tanzania, Afghanistan, Russia and Switzerland.

In this cluster we address questions such as ...

How are floods, droughts, hydropower and drinking water supply linked to climate change?

What is the impact of land use on biodiversity and ecosystem services?

How are land and natural resource management connected to conflicts and violence?

How can we use textual corpora to understand changes in landscape perception?

How do natural hazards affect the local population and livelihood? 

How are protected areas created, perceived and used? 

How can we visualize climate change for effective and efficient decision making?

How can we best mitigate impacts of climate change at local to regional scales? 

How can poor people in the Global South sustain their livelihoods in the face of global change processes?