The first book to comprehensively and systematically map the research frontier of 'human-environment geography' in an accessible and comprehensive way. It cross-cuts several areas of a discipline which has traditionally been seen as divided; presenting work by human and physical geographers in the same volume.
A Companion to Environmental Geography: presents both the current 'state of the art' research and charts future possibilities for the discipline; extends the term 'environmental geography' beyond its 'traditional' meanings to include new work on nature and environment by human and physical geographers – not just hazards, resources and conservation geographers; and, contains essays from an outstanding group of international contributors from among established scholars and rising stars in geography.
"A Companion to Environmental Geography will likely become a landmark, not only for having put forward the basics of a potentially emergent subfield in geography but also because of its contribution to the development of an agenda for geography at large, concerning both the conversation across the divide and geography's current entanglements with other scientific fields."
– Geographical Review, 1 January 2012
"All of the chapters have detailed bibliographies, and the index provides comprehensive cross-listings."
– Choice, 1 February 2010
"Well considered, written and presented. A timely addition to Wiley-Blackwell's Companion series."
– Progress in Psychical Geography, September 2009
List of Contributors ix
1 Introduction: Making Sense of Environmental Geography 1
Noel Castree, David Demeritt and Diana Liverman
Part I Concepts 17
2 Nature 19
3 Sustainability 37
4 Biodiversity 50
Karl S. Zimmerer
5 Complexity, Chaos and Emergence 66
Steven M. Manson
6 Uncertainty and Risk 81
James D. Brown and Sarah L. Damery
7 Scale 95
Nathan F. Sayre
8 Vulnerability and Resilience to Environmental Change: Ecological and Social Perspectives 109
W. Neil Adger and Katrina Brown
9 Commodification 123
Part II Approaches 143
10 Earth-System Science 145
11 Land Change (Systems) Science 168
B. L. Turner II
12 Ecology: Natural and Political 181
Matthew D. Turner
13 Quaternary Geography and the Human Past 198
14 Environmental History 223
Georgina H. Endfield
15 Landscape, Culture and Regional Studies: Connecting the Dots 238
Kenneth R. Olwig
16 Ecological Modernisation and Industrial Transformation 253
Arthur P. J. Mol and Gert Spaargaren
17 Marxist Political Economy and the Environment 266
18 After Nature: Entangled Worlds 294
Part III Practices 313
19 Remote Sensing and Earth Observation 315
20 Modelling and Simulation 336
George L. W. Perry
21 Integrated Assessment 357
22 Ethnography 370
Kevin St. Martin and Marianna Pavlovskaya
23 Analysing Environmental Discourses and Representations 385
24 Deliberative and Participatory Approaches in Environmental Geography 400
Part IV Topics 419
25 Ecosystem Prediction and Management 421
Robert A. Francis
26 Environment and Development 442
27 Natural Hazards 461
28 Environmental Governance 475
Gavin Bridge and Tom Perreault
29 Commons 498
30 Water 515
31 Energy Transformations and Geographic Research 533
32 Food and Agriculture in a Globalising World 552
Richard Le Heron
33 Environment and Health 567
Hilda E. Kurtz and Karen E. Smoyer-Tomic
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Noel Castree is Professor of Geography at Manchester University. Editor or author of Remaking Reality (1998), Social Nature (2001), and Nature (2005), his main resarch and teaching interests are in the political economy of environmental change.
David Demeritt is a Reader in Geography at King's College, London. He has published many essays on the politics and practice of environmental science and theories of society-nature relations more generally.
Diana Liverman is Director of the Environmental Change Institute and Professor of Environmental Science in the School of Geography and Environment at Oxford University. She has published widely on environmental change and policy.
Bruce Rhoads is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and would describe himself as a `hard core' physical geographer.