Biography

Robert Dyball convenes the Human Ecology program in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. He is also Visiting Professor at the College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños. His current research centers on the application of dynamic systems thinking to problems in Human Ecology and Sustainability Science. He is President of the Society for Human Ecology, Chair of the Human Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America, and editor of Human Ecology Review. He is co-author of Understanding Human Ecology.

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One of the central sustainability challenges of our time is how to achieve food security for a population anticipated to exceed nine billion by 2050 while minimizing further environmental degradation.1 Further, food consumption patterns are changing rapidly as average wealth increases (especially for the emerging ‘middle class’ in …

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We are educating students to engage with a future that will be very different to the era in which most universities were established. Global change is accelerating in every sphere of society. As intersecting technological, social, environmental, and economic issues become increasingly complex, the future becomes less predictable. Given this …

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Throughout history, progress in human societies has come about thanks to an improved understanding of the world around us, which, in turn, has enabled us to identify new ways to draw advantage. The knowledge upon which such new understanding is based is derived through informal or organized observation—where organized observation is more …

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Environmental history is the study of how humans have shaped environments in the past, as well as how environments and environmental changes have shaped us, and how people have regulated their management of natural resources. Today, a new chapter in environmental history is being written: a newly globalized society is confronting a global …

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