Calls to integrate social or human factors into wildlife management and conservation actions have become increasingly more common. However, confusion over how, when, and even why to include human dimensions and social science expertise can limit the effectiveness of wildlife management efforts. This workshop will provide an introduction to the diverse field of human dimensions. Over this half-day workshop, participants will learn what human dimensions is and what it is not, how it is used in management and research, and how to work with human dimensions researchers in interdisciplinary teams. The workshop will also showcase example case studies from the field to demonstrate the diversity of topics human dimensions can address. Throughout the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work through wildlife management problems that require human dimensions expertise to address. After each workshop section, participants will work in breakout rooms to apply the information they have learned and discuss how, when, and why social science can be most appropriately applied to the hypothetical problem. This workshop will help participants gain an understanding of how human dimensions can be used to create successful wildlife conservation and management solutions.
Supported By:TWS Human Dimensions Working Group