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Natural Capital Symposium

A social science toolkit for elevating equity in ecosystem services

March 17, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Munger Conference Center, Paul Brest East
The integration of ecology with economics was critical in the development of ecosystem services as an interdisciplinary research agenda. However, ecology and economics both lack robust toolkits for addressing equity, power dynamics, and social and cultural norms in the study of complex social-ecological systems. Contemporary environmental challenges, ranging from meeting global sustainable development goals, to planning and managing green infrastructure in cities, to addressing inequalities in the distribution of natural resources, all raise important research gaps that require the engagement of disciplines beyond ecologists and economists. In this session, we convene a group of experts who bring interdisciplinary perspectives to issues at the intersection of ecosystem services and equity. Panelists will share case studies in ecosystem services work that center issues of equity and environmental justice and share the methodologies used to develop theory and guide empirical analyses.The goal of the session is to begin to populate a "Social Science Toolkit" that aims to build capacity among all researchers to elevate equity in ecosystem services and ecological research.