Social Ecology research is distinguished by a more holistic approach, and therefore it can study various social processes. It includes:
- Studies that inquire into the complexity of the social and cultural networks that shape the cognitive development of the person.
- Studies that place equal focus on theory and practice and examine phenomena from individual, group, and institutional levels.
- Studies that recognize multiple perspectives and motivations and seek multiple measures of goals and effects.
- Studies that are self-conscious about values and biases embedded in research designs.
- Studies that focus on the science of coupled systems and transdisciplinarity.
The following are some examples of Social Ecology research being conducted by affiliates of the Social Ecology Core Program: