Do you work in conservation and want to better understand the audiences, communities or stakeholders you work with?
I’m developing some free resources to help conservation professionals get started using social science.
I’d love to know if any of these resources would be useful to you…read on and let me know in the comments below, or contact me via https://humannature.co.uk/contact.
A. 10 ways social science can help your conservation efforts – a short written guide outlining some of the ways social science can help you have more impact in your work.
B. Survival tips if you feel like the only person in your organisation who believes in social science – I speak to lots of people who feel a bit unsure about how their colleagues or peers view social science. This guide would be a few pointers if you’re the early adopter of social science in your team.
C. Questionnaire foundations – questionnaires are not as simple as they first look! This written guide would be five things you need to have in place before you start writing your questionnaire. Achievable, sensible foundations which will help you develop a quality questionnaire.
D. Essentials of conservation social science webinar – a 30 minute webinar to give you a first flavour - or a refresher - of what conservation social science is and why it’s important. Just long enough to enjoy a nice cup of tea whilst you soak up some the information.
Or maybe there’s something else you’d really like to know. Is there a challenge you’re facing right now that I could help with? A piece of information you need to unlock the next step of your project? If so, let me know in the comments below, or contact me via https://humannature.co.uk/contact.
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Thank you so much for sharing this Rebecca. I think all of the above would be very useful especially the top tips and a short webinar to really give people an insight into the importance of social science in conservation.
Thanks for your reply Lize, I'll update here when the resources are released and hope you find them useful
Amazing, thank you Rebecca!
I am an ecology scientist who understood the need to work with experts in social sciences to address conservation issues. My training in this field is still limited and I would love to have the C guide. However, sometimes I also struggle to get these ideas accepted by colleagues. Thus B might be useful.
Thanks Mauro, yes, I understand that need to be able to get colleagues on board too. Thanks for your comment, I'll let you know when the first resources are available
I think all of these would be fantastic resources, perhaps B less so. Relative to B, I interact with organizations who recognize the value of human dimensions but seem to make very little effort to link HD research findings with those actually doing the communicating!! It's kind of like the disconnect between stewardship/ecology research and those working in the trenches doing habitat work or working with landowners. Any attempts to bridge the research-practice gap are extremely important! Thanks
Hi Karen, thanks for your comment and sharing your experiences. That's really useful insight. I'll let you know when the resources are available
I think all of these are extremely useful, especially B. In relation to C, I think it would be useful to have resources that help conduct interviews while keeping cultural contexts in mind. It would also be useful to have tools for clear presentation of qualitative data, something I struggle with working alongside colleagues conducting natural science research.