About the research

Socio-ecology calls forth a new paradigm for applied research which includes multiple academic disciplines and the participation of multiple stakeholder groups. Socio-ecological research is dynamic, and as such is an ongoing (and hypothetically never-ending) process. In this research we ask how socio-ecological theory is applied in practice, and whether it has led to better policy, stronger public engagement, and environmental sustainability. We are exploring these questions in European Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) platforms, as well as in multiple venues throughout Israel, including the Negev Highlands, the southern Carmel region and within the viticulture industry.


Teschner, Na’ama & Orenstein, Daniel. (2021). A transdisciplinary study of agroecological niches: understanding sustainability transitions in vineyards. Agriculture and Human Values. 2021. (1-2): 3.

Orenstein, D. Strengthening National Resilience in the Post-Corona Pandemic Era – Lessons from Social Ecology (Opinion)Ecology and Environment. April (1). 2020.

Holzer, J., C.M. Adamescu, C. Cazacu, R. Diaz-Delgado, J. Dick, P.F. Méndez, L. Santamaria and D.E. Orenstein. Results from a Case Study Evaluation of Transdisciplinary Science in the European Long-term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) Network. Biological Conservation. Volume 238, 108228, October 2019

Holzer, J.M., Adamescu, M.C., Bonet-García, F.J., Díaz-Delgado, R., Dick, J., Grove, J.M., Rozzi, R., Orenstein, D.E. Negotiating local vs. global needs in the International Long Term Ecological Research (ILTER) Network’s Socio-Ecological Research Agenda. Environmental Research Letters. 13(10):105003. 2018.

Dick, J., D.E. Orenstein, J. Holzer, C. Wohner, A. Achard, C. Andrews, N. Avriel-Avni, P. Beja, N. Blond, J. Cabello, C. Chen, R. Díaz-Delgado, G.V. Giannakis, S. Gingrich, Z. Izakovicova, K. Krauze, N. Lamouroux, S. Leca, V. Melecis, K. Miklós, M. Mimikou, G. Niedrist, C. Piscart, C. Postolache, A. Psomas, M. Santos-Reis, U. Tappeiner, K. Vanderbilt, G. Van Ryckegem. 2018. What is socio-ecological research delivering? A literature survey across 25 international LTSER platforms. Science of the Total Environment. 622-623(2018):1225-1240.

Avriel-Avni, N., J. Holzer, M. Shachak, D.E. Orenstein, and E. Groner. Using transdisciplinary action research toward sustainable management in the Negev Highlands. In Maposte, T. (ed.) “Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Action Research and Action Learning.” IGI-Global Publishers. Hershey, PA. USA. 2017.

Teschner, N., D.E. Orenstein, I. Shapira and T. Keasar. 2017. Commentary: The contribution of socio-ecological research to a transition toward sustainable practices in agricultureInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. 14(2):99-101.

Mirtl, M., D.E. Orenstein, M. Wildenberg, J. Peterseil, M. Frenzel, and E. Furman.2013. Challenges and experiences in implementing place-based Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research in LTER-Europe. Pp. 409-442 in: Singh, S.J., H. Haberl, M. Chertow, M. Mirtl, M. Schmid (eds.), Long-term socio-ecological research: Studies in society-nature interactions across spatial and temporal scales. Springer. Heidelberg, Germany. 2013.

Collins, S., S.R. Carpenter, S.M. Swinton, T.L. Gragson, D.E. Orenstein, N.B. Grimm, J.M. Grove, S. L. Harlan, A.K. Knapp, G.P. Kofinas, J.J. Magnuson, W.H. McDowell, J.M. Melack, L.A. Ogden, G.P. Robertson, M.D. Smith, A.C. Whitmer. 2011. An Integrated Conceptual Framework for Social Ecological Research. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 9(6): 351–357.