Limnologia2020 Special Session – « Beyond the natural sciences tool-box: what social sciences and humanities can teach us about freshwater ecosystems »
For next Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL) conference in Murcia (Spain) on 22-26 June 2020.
The conservation and management of freshwater ecosystems cannot be achieved without taking into account human perceptions, actions, and interests around these systems. It is necessary to generate a new science that is capable of responding urgently to the sustainability challenge: researchers must interact with social actors to produce knowledge that is truly credible and applicable to ecosystem management, based on their recognition as socio-ecological systems. This session aims putting together current research that incorporates methodologies from the social sciences and humanities in the study of freshwater ecosystems. The session aims to include, but is not limited to: monetary and non-monetary valuations, social perception studies, stakeholders’ views, environmental history approaches, social media analysis, mutliple values studies, aesthetics studies, and citizen science. We welcome all innovative, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary studies, those that combine natural and social sciences, especially research that blurs the boundaries between disciplines. The session will promote mutual learning among participants, hoping to lead into future collaborations. A bigger and more inclusive picture of freshwater ecosystems will provide a better understanding of these complex ecosystems, which should be the base for actionable management outcomes.
Every contribution that uses methodologies from the social sciences and/or humanities to study freshwater ecosystems are welcome, as well as those that combine natural and social sciences approaches, or transdisciplinary studies.
Please send a topic or tentative talk title before Thursday, 17th October (e-mail: pablo.rodriguez(at)uib.es).