At INTERHES we focus our efforts on the generation of research and results that favour social transformation towards sustainable and integral human development. To fulfill this goal, we have developed our own methodology integrating:
a) an interdisciplinary perspective for the analysis of complex problems;
b) theories about and the management of social change;
c) systemic approaches to applied research
d) experience in collaborative work.
Our activities are arranged according to the following five strategic objectives:
- The promotion of interdisciplinary research with a focus on human ecology that addresses sustainable development problems on different scales.
- To promote dialogue and the exchange of knowledge, methodologies and outcomes of interdisciplinary research oriented towards human sustainable development.
- To contribute towards improving the socio-environmental impact of social and technological innovation projects.
- To work with organisations, interest groups and local government to make human settlements and communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 11.
- To become an internationally recognised institute that contributes to the strengthening of sustainable human communities by means of systemic interdisciplinary research.
Each of our strategic objectives includes specific aims
in accordance to our theory of Change.
We have a particular interest on strengthening citizen science –which combines robust methodologies through specialized interdisciplinary research– with the participation of interest groups, to promote positive social change.
We consider that socio-environmental problems are increasingly complex because of their interdependence on different scales. As part of a global scientific research community, we understand that scientific rigor is fundamental to useful interdisciplinary research where it is possible to interact with other tacit knowledge, in particular with those individuals interested in the implementation of new social mindsets.
We believe in integral sustainability that combines the optimum conditions of socio-ecological systems and the economic and cultural dimensions of their societies. This requires on the one hand that the use of natural resources is rational and reflects immediate and long-term impacts, and on the other that the use of these resources is socially responsible and inclusive, benefiting the social majority, rather than minorities.
As an organisation we consider that transparency, collaboration, optimism, purposefulness and a critical attitude towards social problems are essential for co-create the best scenarios.
We believe that the organizational capacity of social groups can strengthen their good management of natural resources and existing local knowledge about them in order to improve the living conditions of human populations and other species on the planet. We are convinced that individuals and social groups have the capacity to change their reality through their actions, their attitudes and their visions of better living conditions, and that their will to do so is strengthened via social bonds that promote trust and solidarity via democratic organizations.