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Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation

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dc.contributor.author Bennett, Nathan J.
dc.contributor.author Roth, Robin
dc.contributor.author Klain, Sarah C.
dc.contributor.author Chan, Kai M. A.
dc.contributor.author Clark, Douglas A.
dc.contributor.author Cullman, Georgina
dc.contributor.author Epstein, Graham
dc.contributor.author Nelson, Michael Paul
dc.contributor.author Stedman, Richard
dc.contributor.author Teel, Tara L.
dc.contributor.author Thomas, Rebecca E. W.
dc.contributor.author Wyborn, Carina
dc.contributor.author Curran, Deborah
dc.contributor.author Greenberg, Alison
dc.contributor.author Sandlos, John
dc.contributor.author Veríssimo, Diogo
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-27T19:26:06Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-27T19:26:06Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Bennett, N. J., Roth, R., Klain, S. C., Chan, K. M. A., Clark, D. A., Cullman, G., Epstein, G., Nelson, M. P., Stedman, R., Teel, T. L., Thomas, R. E. W., Wyborn, C., Curran, D., Greenberg, A., Sandlos, J., & Veríssimo, D. (2017). Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation. Conservation Biology, 31(1), 56-66. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.12788/abstract
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7853
dc.description.abstract Despite broad recognition of the value of social sciences and increasingly vocal calls for better engagement with the human element of conservation, the conservation social sciences remain misunderstood and underutilized in practice. The conservation social sciences can provide unique and important contributions to society's understanding of the relationships between humans and nature and to improving conservation practice and outcomes. There are 4 barriers—ideological, institutional, knowledge, and capacity—to meaningful integration of the social sciences into conservation. We provide practical guidance on overcoming these barriers to mainstream the social sciences in conservation science, practice, and policy. Broadly, we recommend fostering knowledge on the scope and contributions of the social sciences to conservation, including social scientists from the inception of interdisciplinary research projects, incorporating social science research and insights during all stages of conservation planning and implementation, building social science capacity at all scales in conservation organizations and agencies, and promoting engagement with the social sciences in and through global conservation policy-influencing organizations. Conservation social scientists, too, need to be willing to engage with natural science knowledge and to communicate insights and recommendations clearly. We urge the conservation community to move beyond superficial engagement with the conservation social sciences. A more inclusive and integrative conservation science—one that includes the natural and social sciences—will enable more ecologically effective and socially just conservation. Better collaboration among social scientists, natural scientists, practitioners, and policy makers will facilitate a renewed and more robust conservation. Mainstreaming the conservation social sciences will facilitate the uptake of the full range of insights and contributions from these fields into conservation policy and practice. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Canadian Wildlife Federation, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, Liber Ero Foundation, Fulbright Canada, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, Community Conservation Research Network, Ocean Canada Partnership, National Science Foundation. Grant Number: DGE-1321845, David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Conservation Biology en_US
dc.subject conservation biology en_US
dc.subject conservation planning en_US
dc.subject conservation science en_US
dc.subject conservation social science en_US
dc.subject environmental social science en_US
dc.subject human dimensions en_US
dc.subject natural resource management en_US
dc.subject social–ecological systems en_US
dc.title Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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