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A Companion to Environmental Geography is the first book to comprehensively and systematically map the research frontier of 'human-environment geography' in an accessible and comprehensive way.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Contains essays from an outstanding group of international contributors from among established scholars and rising stars in geography
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405156226
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Geography Series , #11
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Noel Castree is Professor of Geography at Manchester University. Editor or author of Remaking Reality (1998), Social Nature (2001), and Nature (2005), his main research 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 Feography 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 is primarily interested in the fluvial dynamics of streams.

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Table of Contents


List of Contributors.

1 Introduction: Making Sense of Environmental Geography (Noel Castree, David Demeritt and Diana Liverman).

Part I Concepts.

2 Nature (Bruce Braun).

3 Sustainability (Becky Mansfield).

4 Biodiversity (Karl S. Zimmerer).

5 Complexity, Chaos and Emergence (Steven M. Manson).

6 Uncertainty and Risk (James D. Brown and Sarah L. Damery).

7 Scale (Nathan F. Sayre).

8 Vulnerability and Resilience to Environmental Change: Ecological and Social Perspectives (W. Neil Adger and Katrina Brown).

9 Commodification (Scott Prudham).

Part II Approaches.

10 Earth-System Science (John Wainwright).

11 Land Change (Systems) Science (B. L. Turner II).

12 Ecology: Natural and Political (Matthew D. Turner).

13 Quaternary Geography and the Human Past (Jamie Woodward).

14 Environmental History (Georgina H. Endfield).

15 Landscape, Culture and Regional Studies: Connecting the Dots (Kenneth R. Olwig).

16 Ecological Modernisation and Industrial Transformation (Arthur P. J. Mol and Gert Spaargaren).

17 Marxist Political Economy and the Environment (George Henderson).

18 After Nature: Entangled Worlds (Owain Jones).

Part III Practices.

19 Remote Sensing and Earth Observation (Heiko Balzter).

20 Modelling and Simulation (George L. W. Perry).

21 Integrated Assessment (James Tansey).

22 Ethnography (Kevin St. Martin and Marianna Pavlovskaya).

23 Analysing Environmental Discourses and Representations (Tom Mels).

24 Deliberative and Participatory Approaches in Environmental Geography (Jason Chilvers).

Part IV Topics.

25 Ecosystem Prediction and Management (Robert A. Francis).

26 Environment and Development (Tom Perreault).

27 Natural Hazards (Daanish Mustafa).

28 Environmental Governance (Gavin Bridge and Tom Perreault).

29 Commons (James McCarthy).

30 Water (Karen Bakker).

31 Energy Transformations and Geographic Research (Scott Jiusto).

32 Food and Agriculture in a Globalising World (Richard Le Heron).

33 Environment and Health (Hilda E. Kurtz and Karen E. Smoyer-Tomic).


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