Course Syllabus [PDF]

General Readings

Conservation Social Science

  1. Bennett et al. 2016. Conservation social science: understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation [PDF]
  2. Bennett et al. 2015. Mainstreaming the social sciences into conservation [PDF]
  3. Bennett and Roth 2015. Conservation Social Sciences [PDF]
  4. Mascia 2003. Conservation and the social sciences [PDF]
  5. Mascia 2004. Social dimensions of marine reserves [PDF]
  6. Kittenger et al. 2014. A practical approach for putting people in ecosystem-based ocean planning [PDF]
  7. Charnley et al 2017. Evaluating the best available social science for natural resource management decision making [PDF]


  1. Corrine et al. 2008. Making sense of qual and quant findings in mixed research synthesis studies. LINK

Qualitative Methods

  1. Guba and Lincoln. 1998. Competing paradigms in qualitative research. LINK
  2. Strategies for Interviews LINK
  3. Ogra. 2008. Human-wildlife conflict and gender in protected area borderlands: a case study of costs, perceptions, and vulnerabilities from Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) India. LINK
  4. Gore summary. LINK
  5. Rust et al. 2017. Quantity doesn’t always mean quality. LINK

Quantitative Methods

  1. Jacobson et al. 2007. Gender-based data in survey research regarding wildlife. LINK
  2. Broussard. 2009. Using cultural discourse analysis to research gender and environmental understandings in China. LINK

Study Design

  1. Peters. 2018. Qualitative methods and research ethics. LINK



  1. Gore and Kahler. 2015. Using visual scales in researching global human dimensions of wildlife. LINK
  2. Gould et al. 2015. Protocol for eliciting nonmaterial values. LINK
  3. KoBoToolbox. Data collection platform. LINK

Topics of Interest

Human-Wildlife Conflict

Protected Area Management

  1. Berghoefer et al. 2010. Many eyes on nature: diverse perspectives in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve and their relevance for conservation. LINK
  2. West et al. 2009. Parks and people: the social impacts of protected areas. LINK

Illegal Wildlife Trade

Public Participation

  1. Argawal and Gibson. 1999. The role of community in natural resource conservation. LINK

Theory and Frameworks

Behavior change


Risk and Decision-making

  1. Kasperson et al. 1998. Social amplification of risk. LINK
  2. Sjoberg et al. 2004. Psychometric paradigm of risk. LINK
  3. Gore et al. 2006. Stakeholder perceptions of risk associated with human bear conflict. LINK
  4. Gore et al. 2009. Application of risk concepts to wildlife. LINK