Social Ecology in the Digital Age - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128031131

Social Ecology in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World

Authors: Daniel Stokols
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128031131
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2017
Page Count: 225
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Principles of Social Ecology: Discover and Application to Contemporary Problems provides a comprehensive overview of social ecological theory and research. Written by the renowned expert Daniel Stokols, the book distills key principles from diverse strands of ecological science, providing a robust framework for organizing transdisciplinary, community problem-solving efforts and interventions. Social ecological strategies are growing in importance as the complex societal problems we face—public health, violence prevention, poverty alleviation, environmental conservation and sustainability—cannot be understood and managed adequately from singular disciplinary perspectives. This is the first book to help tackle these daunting problems from a social ecological vantage point.

Key Features

  • Traces the historical origins of social ecology
  • Identifies core theoretical and methodological principles that comprise the social ecological paradigm
  • Details the discovery and development of a social ecological orientation for conducting scientific and policy-oriented research
  • Begins each chapter with a personal anecdote or research example to engage readers’ interest


Students, researchers, and professors in ecologically-oriented fields, such as: psychology, biology, sociology, human ecology, public health, environmental studies, urban planning, sustainability science

Table of Contents

  1. Historical Origins and Conceptual Foundations of Social Ecology
    2. The Social Ecological Paradigm
    3. Multidimensional and Multi-level Structure of Human Environments
    4. Systems Theory
    5. Principles of Contextual Analysis
    6. Transdisciplinary Action Research
    7. Applications of Social Ecology to Community Problem-Solving
    8. Future and Emerging Directions of Social Ecological Research


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About the Author

Daniel Stokols

•Research focuses on social ecology and environmental psychology. •Founded the School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine, the first of its kind and a model for other programs. •Author of Promoting Human Wellness: New Frontiers for Research, Practice, and Policy (2000); Handbook of Environmental Psychology (1991); Environmental Simulation (2013); Perspectives on Environment and Behavior (2012)

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, USA