ENV 522a () / 2023-2024
Human Science Foundations for Environmental Managers
Fall 2023: Tu, 4:00-5:20, Burke
Embedded in all scientific endeavors is a theory of change. But rarely are theories of change made explicit for environmental stewardship. In this course, we will investigate new bodies of scholarship that explore relational values, varying concepts of stewardship, a range of theories of change and, finally, capabilities or human rights-based measure of the life well lived.
We will explore the following questions: What does it mean to be an environmental steward in a world filled with social, political, and economic inequalities? How can we weave together multiple knowledge systems or ways of knowing through environmental stewardship? How can we balance the need for social and environmental change in a way that is both place-based and responsive to global concerns? Can theories of change help us act when the scientific data is both clear and uncertain? How can we incorporate non-economic measures of human well-being into our decision-making?