CaSEs Research Group

CaSEs is a funded research group (SGR212) of the Catalan research system (AGAUR) with personnel from the UPF and the IMF-CSIC in Barcelona.


We live in a complex world within which we interact through socio-ecological dynamics. Their understanding in a long-term perspective is necessary to fully unravel the mechanisms of co-evolution between human societies and their environments. The humanities provide a unique framework to integrate deep historical and environmental trajectories, contributing to the challenges society is facing today. 


Stemming from the humanities, CaSEs aim to advance research by proposing new approaches for the study of social and ecological dynamics. Our mission is the development of research across disciplinary boundaries and to promote the strategic dissemination of results within and outside academy, to stakeholders at all levels, including the general public and policy makers. 


The aim of CaSEs research group is the study of socio-ecological systems through a long term historical perspective through three major research themes:

  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.

Culture and Socio-Ecological Dynamics (CaSEs)

Edifici Mercè Rodoreda (campus de la Ciutadella)
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona

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