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Social Science Working Group

The SCB Social Science Working Group (SSWG) is a global community of conservation scientists and practitioners. Established in 2003, the SSWG is dedicated to strengthening conservation social science and its application to conservation practice around the globe. SSWG is administered by a Board of Directors and Board Committees. SSWG catalyzes forums and mechanisms for information exchange, promotes dialogue and debate, shares career opportunities and builds social science capacity among conservation practitioners.

What's New?

SSWG welcomes new board members

Review the current SSWG Strategic Plan, the revised 2016 Bylaws and Annual Report

The Resources page of the SSWG website is currently being updated. It will reappear soon!

Connect with SSWG on Social Media

Twitter:              @SCB_SSWG, #consocsci

Facebook:          @SCB_SSWG

Conservation Social Science Spotlight: Recent Papers

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. and Veríssimo, D. 2017. Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation. Conservation Biology 31: 56–66. doi:10.1111/cobi.12788

Bennett, Nathan J., Robin Roth, Sarah C. Klain, Kai Chan, Patrick Christie, Douglas A. Clark, Georgina Cullman, et al. 2017. Conservation Social Science: Understanding and Integrating Human Dimensions to Improve Conservation. Biological Conservation 205: 93-108. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.006

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