Social ecology is a interdisciplinary field, drawing on philosophy, political and social theory, anthropology, history, economics, the natural sciences, and feminism. For an overview of the Institute’s educational projects over the years, see “About the ISE” and our History pages.


Social ecology advocates a reconstructive approach to social and environmental issues, and promotes a directly democratic, confederal politics. As a body of ideas, social ecology envisions a moral economy that moves beyond scarcity and hierarchy, toward a world that reharmonizes human communities with the natural world, while celebrating diversity, creativity and freedom. The Institute offers non-credit bearing popular education programs and provides speakers for social ecology-related conferences and events. Students can also receive an MA in social ecology, through the Master of Arts program at Prescott College.


Areas of study in the Prescott MA program include:

Social theory

• Ecological and social activism

• Ecological land use and organic agriculture

Ecofeminism and other ecophilosophies

Science and technology studies

Globalization and global justice

• Community organizing and development

• Food systems and agricultural policy

• Ecological alternatives in education

• Environmental issues and politics

Environmental justice and community health

• Economic relocalization

Media democracy


Click here for more information on the MA program. Our educational mission can be found here. An in-depth overview of the many facets of social ecology can be obtained by reviewing our article archives.