Mainstreaming the Social Sciences in Conservation

Short Description

The combination of conservation and social sciences can provide necessary contributions to improving society's understanding the of the relationship between humans and nature. The social science's involvement in conservation efforts requires both parties to draw from traditional practices of anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, and human geography, and improve the understanding of conservation policy and practice. Four barriers exist to streamlining the connection of these two areas, which are ideological, institutional knowledge, and capacity. This publication offers recommendations to overcome these barriers, in hopes of moving the natural and social sciences towards more ecologically effective conservation. 

Suggested Citation

Bennett, N. J., Roth, R., Klain, S. C., Chan, K., Clark, D., Cullman, G., & Epstein, G. (2016). Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation. Conservation Biology, 31(1), 56-66. doi:0.1111/cobi.12788