Integrated history and historical ecology

Our research aims to analyse and understand historical and contemporary interactions between physical environmental processes and the many social interactions that build society. We study connections and conflicts within society and in the interactions between people and environment over time, assuming that these interactions are complex and problematic.

The historical time depth provides an integrated understanding of how the actions and decisions of individuals and norms of behaviour structure and are structured by societal norms and organizations, as well as by the design of both the man-made and the physical landscape. An understanding of the interactions between social dynamics and dynamical physical processes is crucial for the understanding of the conditions of today and for the formulation of possible solutions for the future. The historical time depth we are interested in offers alternative solutions regarding models for sustainable societies and sustainable developments. It also provides an arena for the analysis and evaluation of different solutions for sustainable development.