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Connecting Human and Natural Systems Lab (CHANS Lab)

We envision a world where consideration of social and ecological risks and consequences is fundamental to decision-making.

Our mission is to conduct cutting-edge analysis and modelling of social-ecological systems, for both fundamental insight and application to real-world practice and transformation–to enable the just treatment of current and future people and the natural world.


* Why should a research group have a mission? Because contrary to the myth of the objective scientist, no researcher is without overarching values. We believe it is important to be explicit about our agenda, for transparency and effectiveness.

** What do we mean by enabling just treatment? We recognize that such notions vary across cultures; but we argue that justice cannot be served without at least considering explicitly the risks and expected consequences to those who cannot speak for themselves (future people and non-human entities).


a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability
Aquatic Ecosystem Research Laboratories
2202 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Fax: 604.822.9250

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