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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 316
Title: Network Theory and Application: Creating a Long Term Human Research (NSF LTHR) System
Lead Author: Findeis, Jill L.
Abstract: Development of an in-depth understanding of the evolution of interconnected human activities  based on empirical investigation  represents a major frontier of science. Network science has already shown its value across disciplinary boundaries in many scientific fields, but collective understanding of the complex human system remains in a nascent stage. The life sciences have successfully explored the network concept, and its potential for similar revolutionary advances in the SBE is high. Applying network theory and analysis using the best science is critically needed now; solutions are needed for two interdependent, global challenges: 1. vulnerability of specific human populations and 2. continued human-environment conflict in human-influenced spaces. The fundamental question is: can human networks and their evolution be understood to benefit society, especially vulnerable populations and human-influenced spaces most at risk of negative consequences? The challenge to the NSF/SBE is to take a strategic approach to develop infrastructure to appropriately take advantage of network science, theory and knowledge generated through application for widespread societal and environmental benefit, and simultaneously ensure that the most-vulnerable populations and human-influenced spaces are among the major beneficiaries. Development of a Long Term Human Research (LTHR) system in the US, and ultimately globally, represents one unifying approach.
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