Human-Environment Research: Past Trends, Current Challenges, and Future Directions

  • Eduardo S. BrondízioEmail author
  • Rinku Roy Chowdhury
Part of the Human-Environment Interactions book series (HUEN, volume 1)


This chapter reflects on issues and questions underscoring the preceding chapters while providing a brief overview of current and future directions in the study of human-environment interactions. A discussion of future directions begins with recognizing that the challenges of studying complex coupled human-environment systems are not new, although current processes of globalization and climate change render such challenges pressing, and of wider societal relevance. In this brief overview, we highlight questions related to institutions, ecosystem services, health, adaptation to climate change, urbanization, and methodological challenges.


Ecosystem Service Institutional Arrangement Urban Green Space Cultural Ecosystem Service Resource Governance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, School of Public and Environmental AffairsIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Geography DepartmentIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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