Monday, October 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
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Crowe Room, The Fletcher School, 60 Packard Ave., Medford

CIERP & CREATE Research Seminar

Colin Orians, Professor, Tufts University, will present "Agrosocial Resilience in a Changing World: Working Across the Coffee Supply Chain in a Coupled Socio-Environmental System."

Ecological systems (natural and managed) are changing under the weight of human activities, and impacting individuals that depend on these systems.  Resilience, the capacity of systems to recover or adapt to perturbations, is an increasingly important concept in socio-ecological systems, and commonly used to inform decision-making by policy makers, scientists and the general public. While the concept has been applied to natural and human systems, integrating the two is challenging but essential. Such an integration, including feedbacks, is critical to our ability to examine the capacity of systems to adapt in a constantly changing world.  Agro-ecological systems represent an ideal context to study feedbacks between the natural and social. Farmers are highly dependent on the capacity of the farm to sustain production, and affected by numerous actors in the supply chain (institutions, markets, and consumers). Our collaborative research focuses on coffee, and aims to identify local and global factors that increase or decrease “agrosocial resilience” of the farm and the farmer.

Contact Name: 

Sara Rosales

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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