Transient or Transformative: Does Human Dimensions Matter?
The Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference aims at bringing researchers and practitioners together that value the potential contributions of social science to the improvement of conservation management. The 2019 conference aims to bring focus to topics widely undiscussed in the field of Human Dimensions of Wildlife: have we had our intended impact on wildlife management or have we fallen short, and what does the future hold for Human Dimensions?
This theme was chosen after much consideration of the role of Human Dimensions in helping shape policy, management outcomes and increased understanding of the human components of conservation, and whether that aligns with where the discipline has hoped to be. While still maintaining the generative discussions central to previous Pathways (such as threatened species, governance, hunter recruitment, understanding stakeholders, and managing human wildlife conflicts), with this conference we hope to bring together researchers and practitioners in reflective discussion on where Human Dimensions stands in the applied world and how to ensure the discipline’s intended integration and impact going forward.