Understanding the rights of nature: working together across and beyond disciplines

Jeremie Gilbert, Ilkhom Soliev, Anne Robertson, Saskia Vermeylen, Neil W. Williams, Robert C. Grabowski

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Abstract

Recognising the rights of nature is seen by many as the paradigm shift needed to truly embed ecology and the environment into nature-based policy and management solutions to address biodiversity loss, climate change, and sustainable development. However, despite its potential, research across and beyond disciplinary boundaries remains very limited, with most located in the humanities and social sciences and often lacking connection with environmental sciences. Based on a multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary project, we identify some critical common themes among the humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences to support future research on the potential of the rights of nature to address contemporary social-environmental challenges. We argue that future research needs to be not only interdisciplinary but also transdisciplinary since the movement of rights of nature is often driven by and based on knowledge emerging outside of academic disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-377
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Ecology
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • legal personhood of nature
  • social-environmental transformations
  • rights of nature
  • representation of nature
  • interdisciplinary research
  • humans and nature

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