“NETWORKS AS TOOLS TO DISENTANGLE THE COMPLEXITY OF SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS”
Networks have become a paradigmatic representation of the complexity of natural and human-dominated environments, whose dynamics is the result of the multiplicity of interactions between their many components. The last frontiers of ecological and social research identify networks as the ideal means to understand the nature of these systems and their dynamics, which is full of counterintuitive behaviors and feedbacks. Moreover, the two domains interact: social relationships, paradigms and attitudes shape policies through which humans manage and affect nature. It is thus important that social and ecological networks are seen as integrated in a social-ecological realm so that causes and effects of environmental changes can be really understood. The summer school aims to introduce network analysis to graduate students and early postdocs but participation is possible to anyone who has interest in applying networks in the socio-ecological realm: from data collection to theoretical analysis, using a wide array of network types (food webs, ecosystem models, social networks) as well as mathematical and statistical tools to investigate them. The focus of this 2019 summer school is on qualitative networks and its applications to socio-ecological systems.