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Jeremy Brooks   Dr.  University Lecturer 
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Jeremy Brooks published an article in December 2017.
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M.A. Janssen

116 shared publications

School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281

Christopher M. Kramer

104 shared publications

Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, Box 800170, 1215 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder

44 shared publications

University of California, Davis

Paul E. Smaldino

43 shared publications

University of California, Merced

John Gowdy

33 shared publications

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Article 3 Reads 1 Citation Applying cultural evolution to sustainability challenges: an introduction to the special issue Jeremy S. Brooks, Timothy M. Waring, Monique Borgerhoff Muld... Published: 14 December 2017
Sustainability Science, doi: 10.1007/s11625-017-0516-3
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Article 2 Reads 1 Citation Re-examining balinese subaks through the lens of cultural multilevel selection Jeremy Brooks, Victoria Reyes-GarcĂ­a, William Burnside Published: 07 August 2017
Sustainability Science, doi: 10.1007/s11625-017-0453-1
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Overcoming environmental challenges requires understanding when and why individuals adopt cooperative behaviors, how individual behaviors and interactions among resource users change over time, and how group structure and group dynamics impact behaviors, institutions, and resource conditions. Cultural multilevel selection (CMLS) is a theoretical framework derived from theories of cultural evolution and cultural group selection that emphasizes pressures affecting different levels of social organization as well as conflicts among these levels. As such, CMLS can be useful for understanding many environmental challenges. With this paper, we use evidence from the literature and hypothetical scenarios to show how the framework can be used to understand the emergence and persistence of sustainable social–ecological systems. We apply the framework to the Balinese system of rice production and focus on two important cultural traits (synchronized cropping and the institutions and rituals associated with water management). We use data from the literature that discusses bottom-up (self-organized, complex adaptive system) and top-down explanations for the system and discuss how (1) the emergence of group structure, (2) group-level variation in cropping strategies, institutions, and rituals, and (3) variation in overall yields as a result of different strategies and institutions, could have allowed for the spread of group-beneficial traits and the increasing complexity of the system. We also outline cultural transmission mechanisms that can explain the spread of group-beneficial traits in Bali and describe the kinds of data that would be required to validate the framework in forward-looking studies.
Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Social signals and sustainability: ambiguity about motivations can affect status perceptions of efficiency and curtailme... Matheus De Nardo, Jeremy S. Brooks, Sonja Klinsky, Charlie W... Published: 21 January 2017
Environment Systems and Decisions, doi: 10.1007/s10669-017-9624-y
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Design Features and Project Age Contribute to Joint Success in Social, Ecological, and Economic Outcomes of Community-Ba... Jeremy S. Brooks Published: 10 March 2016
Conservation Letters, doi: 10.1111/conl.12231
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Community-based conservation (CBC) seeks to align various ecological, economic, and social goals. While a number of comparative analyses have examined the factors associated with successful outcomes in each of these domains, far fewer studies have explored joint success across domains. Understanding when and how CBC improves multiple outcomes can generate more sustainable and socially acceptable policies and programs. Here, I use a comparative database of 136 CBC projects identified from a systematic literature review to assess which aspects of national socio-economic and political context, community-characteristics, and project design features are associated with win-win outcomes. Using multivariate logistic regressions within a multi-level analysis and model-fitting framework, I show that capacity building, local participation, environmental education, and project age contribute to win-win outcomes. These results hold across various national and local contexts and resource domains and suggest that general project design features can contribute to joint success in CBC projects.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
Article 3 Reads 17 Citations A multilevel evolutionary framework for sustainability analysis Timothy M. Waring, Michelle Ann Kline, Jeremy S. Brooks, San... Published: 01 January 2015
Ecology and Society, doi: 10.5751/es-07634-200234
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CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 4 Reads 0 Citations Gross National Happiness, Limits to Growth, and Challenges to Bhutan's Development Approach Jeremy Brooks Published: 31 October 2014
The 4th World Sustainability Forum, doi: 10.3390/wsf-4-p001
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In their 30-year update to their book, Limits to Growth, Meadows et al. called for a vision of sustainable development that included (i) systemic change brought on by new perspectives on the purpose of development, (ii) new ways of measuring progress, and (iii) new social norms. With this talk, I discuss this vision in the context of the literature on sustainable development and present the parallels between Meadows et al.'s vision and the development trajectory of the Kingdom of Bhutan. I suggest that Bhutan's development approach provides one model for sustainable development that dovetails with Meadows et al.'s recommendations. The ideal of maximizing Gross National Happiness (GNH) adopted but the Bhutanese government exemplifies their commitment to holistic development and mirrors arguments about the shortcomings of an over-emphasis on economic growth. I provide examples of how GNH has been put into practice, describe how happiness is being measured, and discuss the potential emergence of social norms and a shared Bhutanese identity that may contribute to sustainable development. Bhutan's development success suggests that an alternative to growth-centric development is viable. However, as Bhutan's standard of living has increased, and so have the challenges the country faces; the most important of which may be their ability to manage rising consumption levels. With the transition to a democratic government, a growing urban middle class, and increased exposure to foreign values, ideals, and consumption patterns, Bhutan's sustainable development approach faces critical tests. I discuss these socio-economic, political and cultural changes and the impact that Bhutan's emphasis on happiness and well-being may have on other nation's aspirations for sustainable development.