Social Ecology

Society-Nature Relations across Time and Space

  • Helmut Haberl
  • Marina Fischer-Kowalski
  • Fridolin Krausmann
  • Verena Winiwarter

Part of the Human-Environment Interactions book series (HUEN, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxii
  2. The Conceptual Repertoire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Helga Weisz
      Pages 3-28
    3. Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Karl-Heinz Erb
      Pages 29-61
    4. Fridolin Krausmann, Helga Weisz, Nina Eisenmenger
      Pages 63-92
    5. Karl-Heinz Erb, Tamara Fetzel, Helmut Haberl, Thomas Kastner, Christine Kroisleitner, Christian Lauk et al.
      Pages 93-124
    6. Daniel Hausknost, Veronika Gaube, Willi Haas, Barbara Smetschka, Juliana Lutz, Simron J. Singh et al.
      Pages 125-147
    7. Verena Winiwarter, Martin Schmid, Helmut Haberl, Simron J. Singh
      Pages 149-168
    8. Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Willi Haas
      Pages 169-196
  3. Empirical Approaches to Socioeconomic Metabolism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Fridolin Krausmann, Anke Schaffartzik, Andreas Mayer, Nina Eisenmenger, Simone Gingrich, Helmut Haberl et al.
      Pages 199-216
    3. Andreas Mayer, Anke Schaffartzik, Fridolin Krausmann, Nina Eisenmenger
      Pages 217-237
    4. Anke Schaffartzik, Nina Eisenmenger, Dominik Wiedenhofer
      Pages 239-258
    5. Willi Haas, Fridolin Krausmann, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Markus Heinz
      Pages 259-275
    6. Dominik Wiedenhofer, Willi Haas, Michael Neundlinger, Nina Eisenmenger
      Pages 277-291
  4. Empirical Approaches to Land Use and Colonization of Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Karl-Heinz Erb, Tamara Fetzel, Thomas Kastner, Christine Kroisleitner, Christian Lauk, Andreas Mayer et al.
      Pages 295-313
    3. Helmut Haberl, Karl-Heinz Erb, Thomas Kastner, Christian Lauk, Andreas Mayer
      Pages 315-334
    4. Christian Lauk, Karl-Heinz Erb
      Pages 335-348
    5. Helmut Haberl, Thomas Kastner, Anke Schaffartzik, Karl-Heinz Erb
      Pages 349-360
    6. Maria Niedertscheider, Tamara Fetzel, Helmut Haberl, Fridolin Krausmann, Veronika Gaube, Simone Gingrich et al.
      Pages 361-373
    7. Christoph Plutzar, Karl-Heinz Erb, Veronika Gaube, Helmut Haberl, Fridolin Krausmann
      Pages 375-388
  5. Empirical Approaches to Long-Term Socioecological Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 389-389
    2. Simone Gingrich, Christian Lauk, Thomas Kastner, Fridolin Krausmann, Helmut Haberl, Karl-Heinz Erb
      Pages 417-431
    3. Thomas Kastner, Karl-Heinz Erb, Fridolin Krausmann
      Pages 447-458
    4. Robert Groß
      Pages 459-474
    5. Sylvia Gierlinger, Michael Neundlinger
      Pages 475-486
  6. Empirical Approaches to Working with Stakeholders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 487-487
    2. Veronika Gaube, Alexander Remesch, Barbara Smetschka
      Pages 489-503
    3. Barbara Smetschka, Veronika Gaube, Juliana Lutz
      Pages 505-522
    4. Simron J. Singh, Willi Haas
      Pages 523-542
    5. Panos Petridis, Marina Fischer-Kowalski
      Pages 543-557
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 577-610

About this book


This book presents the current state of the art in Social Ecology as practiced by the Vienna School of Social Ecology, globally one of the main research groups in this field. As a significant contribution to the growing literature on interdisciplinary sustainability studies, the book introduces the purpose and nature of Social Ecology and then places the “Vienna School” within the broader context of socioecological and other interdisciplinary environmental approaches. The conceptual and methodological foundations of Social Ecology are discussed in detail, allowing the reader to obtain a broad overview of current socioecological thinking. Issues covered include socio-metabolic transitions, socioecological approaches to land use, the relation between actor-centered and system approaches, a socioecological theory of labor and the importance of legacies, as conceived in Environmental History and in Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research. To underpin this overview empirically, the strengths of socioecological research are elucidated in cases of cutting-edge research, introducing a variety of themes the Vienna School has been tackling empirically over the past years. 
Given how the field is presented – reflecting research carried out on different scales, reaching from local to global as well as from past to present and future – and due to the way the book is structured, it is suitable for classroom use, as a primer, and also as an overview of how Social Ecology evolved, right up to its current research frontiers.


Socioeconomic Metabolism Material Flow Analysis Society-nature Interaction Environmental History Sustainability Transitions

Editors and affiliations

  • Helmut Haberl
    • 1
  • Marina Fischer-Kowalski
    • 2
  • Fridolin Krausmann
    • 3
  • Verena Winiwarter
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Interdisciplinary StudiesAlpen Adria University Institute of Social Ecology Vienna (SEC)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Institute of Social Ecology Alpen Adria UniversityViennaAustria
  3. 3.Faculty of Interdisciplinary StudiesAlpen Adria University Institute of Social Ecology Vienna (SEC)ViennaAustria
  4. 4.Faculty of Interdisciplinary StudiesAlpen Adria University Institute of Social Ecology Vienna (SEC)ViennaAustria

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