Social Science Integration at the Council
Integrating the social sciences into environmental management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta means a better understanding of the people who live, work, and recreate in and around the estuary; how the region impacts their health and well-being; and how their behaviors influence environmental issues. Doing so improves decision-maker's understanding of the complex social-ecological system.
The Delta Stewardship Council has worked to identify opportunities for greater integration of social sciences within the Council’s work and the Delta more broadly. These efforts are responsive to calls for greater interdisciplinary integration from the 2016 Delta Science Enterprise Workshop, the Delta Independent Science Board’s 2017 Review of Research on the Delta as an Evolving Place, and Council’s 2019 Delta Plan Five-Year Review.
For more information on social science integration efforts, read Social Science Extension Specialist Dr. Jessica Rudnick’s 2021 blog, Understanding People in the Face of Rapid Environmental Change, and open the accordion bars below.
The Council has worked to incorporate social science into several recent and ongoing initiatives, described below. These integration efforts stretch across the Delta Science Program, planning and policy activities, and public participation and communication work.
- Environmental Justice
- Public Participation
- Science Action Agenda
- Delta Science Program Funding
- Social Science Brown Bag Seminars
- Adaptive Governance
- Details coming soon!