Social ecology, sustainability, and economics

Raul P. Lejano, Daniel Stokols

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What mode of analysis might be employed, that captures the confluent action of material and social systems acting together? The framework of Social Ecology, which first emerged as a rejoinder to the Chicago School of Human Ecology of the early 1900s, evolved over subsequent decades as an attempt at such integration. We revisit social ecology's historical origins and foundational assumptions. We propose that the social ecological framework can offer useful conceptual grounding to scholars of ecological economics. We illustrate how this analytical lens affords a deeper understanding of unsustainable systems and valuation problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalEcological Economics
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Human ecology
  • Social ecology
  • Sustainable economic systems
  • Value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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