The First Decade of Initiatives for Research on the Human Dimensions of Global (Environmental) Change (1986–1995)

lourdes arizpe, Martin Francis Price, Robert Worcester

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Abstract

By the end of the 1980s, very different meanings of 'global change' existed, promoted by different constituencies
in the social and natural sciences (Price 1989). One could be described as anthropocentric, emphasizing the
interactions between people and their institutions, primarily at scales extending to decades. This chapter presents
and discusses the emergence of initiatives for research on the human dimensions of global change until
the 1996 launch of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change
(IHDP). In 1987, the International Social Science Council (ISSC) joined with IFIAS and UNU to develop a
Human Response to Global Change Programme. In 1990, ISSC launched the Human Dimensions of Global
Environmental Change Programme (HDP), based on the “Framework for Research on HDGEC” (Jacobson/
Price 1990), identifying seven broad areas in which research should be done. The first half of the 1990s were
also characterized by the emergence and development of various national and regional (e.g., European) initiatives
for research on HDGEC. In the subsequent two decades, as described elsewhere in this book, substantial
advances have been made; many of them emerged from the initiatives described in this chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Sustainability Transition and Sustainable Peace.
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages349-358
Number of pages9
VolumeHexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace
Edition10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-43884-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-43882-5
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2016

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arizpe, L., Price, M. F., & Worcester, R. (2016). The First Decade of Initiatives for Research on the Human Dimensions of Global (Environmental) Change (1986–1995). In Handbook on Sustainability Transition and Sustainable Peace. (10 ed., Vol. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, pp. 349-358). Springer-Verlag.