We have a passion for integrating anthropology and environmental sciences
The world is a complex, wonderful place. HECLab members contribute in diverse ways to build knowledge and increase our ability to respond to 21st Century challenges. In doing so, we acknowledge the innate value of all people and the central role that rural and urban environments play in the quality of life and livelihoods.
HECLab promotes interdisciplinary research that is engaged, both intellectually and in practice, with environmental change as it relates to humans and society. It supports work that focuses on long-term human and ecological well-being in light of changing social and environmental conditions. Our research encompasses actor and system-based perspectives and institutional and governance analyses to help elucidate relationships of people and their environments – both urban and rural. Problem-based research requires a diverse set of methods and scales of analysis. The lab promotes methods that include ethnographic inquiries, agent-based modeling, remote sensing applications, and the development of dynamic geospatial datasets. Scales of inquiry range between households through local and global landscapes.
There is inherent and commensurate value in every person. HEC Lab members are committed to fostering diverse, inclusive, and equitable communities, within the lab and through our research, teaching, and outreach. To build creative and intellectually rich environments, our research draws on diverse knowledge types, perspectives, and methodologies. As anthropologists and interdisciplinary scholars, we are committed to promoting equity and justice through our work.