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MILANEZ, Bruno. Dialogues between social and natural sciences: contribution to the debate on socio-environmental conflicts. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2015, vol.87, n.4, pp.2335-2348.  Epub Oct 30, 2015. ISSN 0001-3765.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765201520140724.

In this article, I argue that attempting to solve real problems is a possible approach to bring social and natural sciences together, and suggest that - as Environmental Impact Assessment necessarily brings together social and environmental issues - this debate is a strong candidate for such a task. The argument is based on a general discussion about the possibilities and limitations of Environmental Impact Assessments, the social-environmental impacts of mining activities and three case studies. The analysis of the cases indicates possibilities and limitations of the dialogue between scientists from various areas - and of the collaboration with social movements and affected communities - in avoiding negative impacts of mining projects and, eventually, increasing their sustainability.

Keywords : interdisciplinary; sustainability; social-environmental conflicts; mining.

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