Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve 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
dc.contributor.author Christie, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Clark, Douglas A.
dc.contributor.author Cullman, Georgina
dc.contributor.author Curran, Deborah
dc.contributor.author Durbini, Trevor J.
dc.contributor.author Epstein, Graham
dc.contributor.author Greenberg, Alison
dc.contributor.author Nelson, Michael P.
dc.contributor.author Sandlos, John
dc.contributor.author Stedman, Richard
dc.contributor.author Teel, Tara L.
dc.contributor.author Thomas, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Veríssimo, Diogo
dc.contributor.author Wyborn, Carina
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-27T19:35:26Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-27T19:35:26Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Bennett, N. J., Roth, R., Klain, S. C., Chan, K., Christie, P., Clark, D. A., Cullman, G., Curran, D., Durbini, T. J., Epstein, G., Greenberg, A., Nelson, M. P., Sandlos, J., Stedman, R., Teel, T. L., Thomas, R., Veríssimo, D., & Wyborn, C. (2017). Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation. Biological Conservation, 205, 93-108. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7854
dc.description.abstract It has long been claimed that a better understanding of human or social dimensions of environmental issues will improve conservation. The social sciences are one important means through which researchers and practitioners can attain that better understanding. Yet, a lack of awareness of the scope and uncertainty about the purpose of the conservation social sciences impedes the conservation community's effective engagement with the human dimensions. This paper examines the scope and purpose of eighteen subfields of classic, interdisciplinary and applied conservation social sciences and articulates ten distinct contributions that the social sciences can make to understanding and improving conservation. In brief, the conservation social sciences can be valuable to conservation for descriptive, diagnostic, disruptive, reflexive, generative, innovative, or instrumental reasons. This review and supporting materials provides a succinct yet comprehensive reference for conservation scientists and practitioners. We contend that the social sciences can help facilitate conservation policies, actions and outcomes that are more legitimate, salient, robust and effective. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Biological Conservation en_US
dc.subject Conservation social science en_US
dc.subject Environmental social science en_US
dc.subject Conservation science en_US
dc.subject Human dimensions en_US
dc.subject Conservation biology en_US
dc.subject Environmental management en_US
dc.title Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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