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The Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL) brings together faculty and students from multiple areas of expertise to collaborate on the study of human-environment interaction.

By focusing on landscapes, broadly defined, we encourage a holistic perspective on research that bridges social and environmental sciences, as well as temporal and spatial scales, to advance knowledge on topics of local, regional, and global relevance.

Our Research

Founded in 2015, CASEL builds upon 20+ years of groundbreaking research that has made its predecessor, the Anthropological Center of Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT), an international reference for developing and teaching methods linking in-depth local-scale field research (ethnographic, social survey, ecological) with geospatial analysis of regional-scale landscape change.

Check our research page for a list of on-going research at CASEL.

Our Collaborators

Under the auspices of the Department of Geography and Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, CASEL provides a collaborative research and training environment for faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Our laboratory has 15 workstations used for formal university classes in GIS, remote sensing, human-environment interaction, archeology, as well as for more individualized training. 

CASEL is part of, and collaborates with, a network of centers and research groups at IU, including the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC), the Integrated Program on Environment (IPE), and others.