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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 272
Title: SBE 2020: Twenty-first Century Challenges and Opportunities for the Human Sciences
Lead Author: Barton, C. Michael
Abstract: In todays globally-connected urban society of over 6.5 billion people, human decisions have consequences that will define the future for all of humanity. Yet societal support for science aimed at understanding and controlling the natural world dwarfs by many orders of magnitude support for a scientific understanding of the social processes that now shape it. It is urgent that the United States begins a program of significant and targeted investment in an integrated science of social and behavioral dynamics, or human sciences, with the goal of rapidly developing advanced scientific capacity in this domain. We recommend that NSF stimulate development in the human sciences by focusing on three integrated levels of support: 1) enhanced support for disciplinary programs; 2) collaborative, integrative research targeting theory for human sciences, the interaction of human and natural systems, the dynamics of human systems, new technologies for human systems science, and research collaboration networks; and 3) a national network of centers for advanced research in the human sciences to provide facilities for integrative activities like workshops and training, digital libraries to make datasets, models, and software accessible, and incubators for large-scale integrative research which can produce scenarios and forecasts for public policy at multiple levels
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