Fundamental Questions in Human Ecology

Strange that the fundamental questions for Human Ecology does not include the challenge of predicting the emergence of sustainable human-natural systems. This seems to be the core challenge of the science.

25 years ago the Australian National University Human Ecology program released a series of discussion papers called the Fundamental Questions Papers. The Human Ecology Forum thought it would be interesting to revisit these Fundamental Questions through a series of reading and discussion groups and see essentially which have stood the test of time, which have dated, and what new questions would you ask today or answer differently. The FQP are progressively being scanned and release as freely available resources across the Human Ecology Forum website. Although there is no scope to participate remotely in the discussion series anyone is welcome to access this material although, please, acknowledge its original source. There is some other material on the website that scholars of Human Ecology might find useful too.


Although not all titles are yet live, the full series of FQP was;

  1. The Fundamental Questions Program and its conceptual basis.

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About Tim Waring

I study the role of cooperation and culture in environmental sustainability, at the University of Maine.
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