Social-ecological transformation in China: A Historical Perspective on Ecosystem Services (25th April-8 May 2013)
This course will allow students to explore social-ecological transformation from a historical perspective, in the context of contemporary Chinese experiments with ecosystem services. Through course readings, presentation assignments and group discussions, students will explore how use of natural resources and what we know today as ‘ecosystem services’ has changed in China during successive social, political, and economic transformations. This historical perspective will provide students with the tools to better interpret current social-ecological trends in China, for instance situating current experimentation with landscape restoration in the context of historical food insecurity and concerns about economic growth, and situating urban air and water pollution in the context of the communist ‘battle against nature.’
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What creates a network, and why does it look like it does? - Explaining network structures using exponential random graph models (16-17 May 2013)
Although modern social network analysis originated in the 1930s, the last twenty years has seen dramatic growth in innovative network methods to understand the structure of a network-based social system. Central questions include how best to describe a social network structure, how to identify structural regularities in a system, how to infer the social processes that sustain a system, and what are the likely outcomes at both system-level and for the individuals within the system. By participating in this course/workshop, you will acquire understanding on how state-of-the-art analyses can be used to better understand what local-level processes that give rise to emergent larger-scale network structures.
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Positive dependence - Biophilia and Topophilia as Sources of Social-Ecological Systems Resilience, 1,5 cr (20-22 May 2013)
The course will have a workshop form and be led by Keith Tidball and Richard Steadman from Cornell University who are leading experts in this field, as well as long going collaborators with several researchers at the SRC. The course is a joint initiative between the urban and adaptive governance themes at SRC.
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Modeling Complex Adaptive Systems
Text Analysis: Clustering alogorithms
Statistics with focus on mixed models in R
Final details for each course will be available when the course is confirmed.