a decade of sustained interdisciplinary research on the human
dimensions of global change, this is an appropriate time to
assess the fruits of our efforts. Are we achieving cumulative,
progressive research findings? Are we enhancing the set of
methodologies at our disposal? Are we generating useful knowledge
for decision-makers? Are we developing effective mechanisms
for bridging disciplinary divides?
Within this general framework of
inquiry the meeting examined three themes in particular. Transitions
and Change: how does the view that the world is made up of
complex coupled systems influence our research? Governance,
Markets, and Ethics: what do we know about the institutions
that mediate between human behavior and global change? Poverty
and security: how does global change affect those already
vulnerable and how does it increase the vulnerability of others.
Plenary speakers addressed these questions in the context
of major areas of human dimensions research.