Building on past contributions to our “Interdisciplinarity Now” series, Eduardo Brondizio emphasizes that interdisciplinary collaboration is fundamentally a reflexive intellectual and social process. Drawing from his own research and teaching experiences in environmental anthropology, Brondizio argues that disciplines, as domains of knowledge production, can serve as productive platforms of interdisciplinary work even as disciplinary organizational structures can be obstacles. A diversity of perspectives and approaches, even when in tension with each other, is essential for understanding fundamentally complex problems such as the environment.
Eduardo S. Brondizio
Eduardo S. Brondizio is professor of anthropology at the Indiana University-Bloomington, and was chair of the Department of Anthropology from 2007 to 2012. He currently directs the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL). He has been working in the Amazon for the past three decades, focusing on the study of rural populations, household economy and demography, collective action and institutions, and land-use change with particular attention to their interactions with global markets, development programs, conservation policies, and climate change. During the last decade, this work has expanded to the study of rural-urban networks, urban vulnerability to climate change, and the impact of expanding interurban connections on rural and indigenous areas. Brondizio has contributed to developing methodologies integrating ethnography, household surveys, institutional analysis, geospatial analysis, and social-ecological systems frameworks. He maintains an active field research program in Amazonia, while also dedicated to global sustainability initiatives. Brondizio serves on numerous international scientific boards, including the Science Committees of the Future Earth program and the UNESCO Sustainability Science initiative. He is currently cochair of the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2016-2019) of the Inter-governmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Brondizio serves as coeditor-in-chief of Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability (Elsevier).