First meeting of the KLI working group: Evolutionary Theory for Social-Ecological Change
Evolutionary and adaptive change are general processes that apply to a wide range of systems, including genetic, environmental and cultural systems. However, even though evolutionary thinking may assist in the study of social-ecological systems, applying evolutionary logic to social-ecological systems remains a challenge. The KLI working group "Evolutionary Theory for Social-Ecological Change," organized by Maja Schlüter and Tim Waring, aims to explore, extend, and enrich the connections between evolutionary theory and social-ecological change.
After delaying for two years, the first in-person meeting of the working group (March 21-25th, 2022) was successful, even with a half-sized crew. The first step of the process is to take the time and effort to do the careful and delicate work of understanding each other's disciplines, theories, and fields. The goal was to put the two fields-- evolutionary biology and the sustainability sciences-- in relationship to each other, and to explore how they might interact with each other most usefully.
The group is now working on the necessary steps to enable a productive second meeting, and a perspective piece which will hopefully serve as a tool to advance their collective aims as well as clarify the next steps.
From left to right: Tim Waring, Peter Sogaard Jorgensen, Maja Schlüter, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Guido Caniglia, Jamila Haider.