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Complexity and Socio-Ecological Dynamics Research Group (CaSEs)

Our objectives

  1. Study relationships between human societies and their ecological settings within a long-term perspective.
  2. Apply quantitative methods for the development of models in social dynamics.
  3. Promote new transdisciplinary research for improving our understanding of cultural change.

We are devoted to learn about the various social and environmental processes that propel the historical and evolutionary trajectory of humankind. In order to know how people lived, adapted, organized themselves, exploited their environment, and how these aspects changed through time, we use a variety of theoretical approaches, and methodologies with an emphasis on quantitative methods. Our work is thus transdisciplinary and concerned with fundamental anthropological questions framed within a long-term perspective that view human groups as complex adaptive systems. Our work is conducive to instances of transfer of knowledge (TOK) and to contributions towards policy making.

We are committed to several international projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

 

News

10.05.2016
CaSEs Seminar - Valentí Rull on ¿Qué pasó realmente en la Isla de Pascua? Un enfoque paleoecológico
Tuesday, 17th of May Valentí Rull of the Institute of Earth Sciences "Jaume Almera" (ICTJA-CSIC) will deliver a talk on  ¿Qué pasó realmente en la Isla de Pascua? Un enfoque paleoecológico. Campus Ciutadella, Mercè Rodoreda building ( Room 24.023) at 17:00. All welcome!
29.03.2016
CaSEs Seminar - Silvia Valenzuela-Lamas on Impact of social complexity on animal husbandry practices in the Western

Today 29st of March Silvia Valenzuela-Lamas of the University of Sheffield will deliver a talk on Impact of social complexity on animal husbandry practices in the Western. Campus Ciutadella, Mercé Rodoreda building ( Room 24.S12) at 17:30. All welcome!

19.01.2016
CaSes Seminar - Stefania Merlo on Wider than taller: an archaeological exploration of Tswana stone walled structures as megastructures in Southern Africa
Thursday 21st of January Stefania Merlo of the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) will deliver a talk on Wider than taller: an archaeological exploration of Tswana stone walled structures as megastructures in Southern Africa. Campus Ciutadella, Mercé Rodoreda building ( Room 24.023) at 17:00. All welcome!
14.12.2015
CaSEs Seminar - Ines Domingo Sanz on Ethnoarchaeology and rock art in Indigenous Australia
Tuesday 15th of December, Ines Domingo Sanz of the Univeristat de Barcelona will deliver a talk on Ethnoarchaeology and rock art in Indigenous Australia. Campus Ciutadella, room 24.S14 ( Mercè Rodoreda building) at 17:00. All welcome!
11.11.2015
Acacia Workshop: Mapping Human Subsistence in West Africa ( 1000 BC-AD 1500)
CaSEs members  Marco Madella and Stefano Biagetti have participated at the second ACACIA Workshop that was held from 2 to 6 of November at the University of Lausanne. This Workshop focused on the mapping in time and space of subsistence and land use throughout West Africa from 1000 BC to AD 1500, but it focused mainly on the improving of the methodology, which can be used in other contexts as well.
16.10.2015
The role of Earth Observation in crowdsourcing-based applications for archaeological research
Cases members Francesc C. Conesa and Stefano Biagetti have participated at the session devoted to Citizen Science in the conference ESA Open Science 2.0, held at the headquarters of the European Space Agency in Italy (ESA-ESRIN).
29.09.2015
Complex System Conference - Sattelite Session
A satellite session on the cultural evolution of technology at Complex System Conference 2015, organised bySergi Valverde (Complex System Lab, UPF), Xavier Rubio (Barcelona Supercomputing Centre) and Enrico Crema (CaSES) will be held tomorrow!
31.07.2015
CaSEs members are participating in the Catalhoyuk summer excavation
CaSEs members Juan José García-Granero, Marco Madella and Carla Lancelotti are participating in the Catalhoyuk summer excavation http://www.catalhoyuk.com/ in Turkey.
30.07.2015
CaSEs members at XIX INQUA Congress: Quaternary Perspectives on Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Civilization
Marco Madella, Andrea Balbo, Steve Markofsky and Stefano Biagetti are attending the http://inqua2015.jp/ this week. They will participates in session " A long-­term perspective on human dynamics in desert and semi-­desert environments" which will also be a published Special Issue.
23.07.2015
Future session on anthropic markers in the SAA ? Orlando, 2016
Following the success of the session we organized last year in San Francisco, we would like to repropose the symposium on  "Anthropic activity markers: Archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology" at the next SAA  (https://www.saa.org/) in Orlando.
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