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Social research methods

Social research methods

Guidance Documents

The conservation social sciences: What? How? And why? (2015). (Bennett, N.J. & Roth.R.) Adobe Acrobat PDF Download

Human-wildlife conflict management (2002). (Decker, D. J., T. B. Lauber, and W. F. Siemer) Adobe Acrobat PDF Download

Key Papers

Bennett, N. J., R. Roth, S. C. Klain, K. M. A. Chan, D. A. Clark, G. Cullman, G. Epstein, M. P. Nelson, R. Stedman, T. L. Teel, R. E. W. Thomas, C. Wyborn, D. Curran, A. Greenberg, J. Sandlos, and D. Veríssimo. 2017. Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation. Conservation Biology 31:56-66. Adobe Acrobat PDF Download

Chua, L., M. E. Harrison, H. Fair, S. Milne, A. Palmer, J. Rubis, P. Thung, S. Wich, B. Büscher, S. M. Cheyne, R. K. Puri, V. Schreer, A. Stępień, and E. Meijaard. 2020. Conservation and the social sciences: beyond critique and co-optation. A case study from orangutan conservation. People and Nature 2:42-60. Adobe Acrobat PDF Download

Drury, R., K. Homewood, and S. Randall. 2011. Less is more: the potential of qualitative approaches in conservation research. Animal Conservation 14:18-24. Adobe Acrobat PDF Download

Jacobs, M. H., P. Fehres, and M. Campbell. 2012. Measuring emotions toward wildlife: a review of generic methods and instruments. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 17:233-247. External resource

Manfredo, M., J. Vaske, and T. Teel. 2003. The potential for conflict index: a graphic approach to practical significance of human dimensions research. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 8:219-228. External resource

Nuno, A., and F. A. V. St. John. 2015. How to ask sensitive questions in conservation: a review of specialized questioning techniques. Biological Conservation 189:5-15. External resource

O.Nyumba, T., K. Wilson, C. J. Derrick, and N. Mukherjee. 2018. The use of focus group discussion methodology: insights from two decades of application in conservation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9:20-32. Adobe Acrobat PDF Download

Rust, N. A., A. Abrams, D. W. S. Challender, G. Chapron, A. Ghoddousi, J. A. Glikman, C. H. Gowan, C. Hughes, A. Rastogi, A. Said, A. Sutton, N. Taylor, S. Thomas, H. Unnikrishnan, A. D. Webber, G. Wordingham, and C. M. Hill. 2017. Quantity does not always mean quality: the importance of qualitative social science in conservation research. Society & Natural Resources 30:1304-1310. External resource

St. John, F. A. V., D. Brockington, N. Bunnefeld, R. Duffy, K. Homewood, J. P. G. Jones, A. M. Keane, E. J. Milner-Gulland, A. Nuno, and J. H. Razafimanahaka. 2016. Research ethics: assuring anonymity at the individual level may not be sufficient to protect research participants from harm. Biological Conservation 196:208-209. External resource

St. John, F. A. V., A. M. Keane, J. P. G. Jones, and E. J. Milner-Gulland. 2014. Robust study design is as important on the social as it is on the ecological side of applied ecological research. Journal of Applied Ecology 51:1479-1485. Adobe Acrobat PDF Download

Sutherland, W. J., L. V. Dicks, M. Everard, and D. Geneletti. 2018. Qualitative methods for ecologists and conservation scientists. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9:7-9. External resource

White, P. C. L., N. V. Jennings, A. R. Renwick, and N. H. L. Barker. 2005. Questionnaires in ecology: a review of past use and recommendations for best practice. Journal of Applied Ecology 42:421-430. Adobe Acrobat PDF Download

Young, J. C., D. C. Rose, H. S. Mumby, F. Benitez-Capistros, C. J. Derrick, T. Finch, C. Garcia, C. Home, E. Marwaha, C. Morgans, S. Parkinson, J. Shah, K. A. Wilson, and N. Mukherjee. 2018. A methodological guide to using and reporting on interviews in conservation science research. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9:10-19. Adobe Acrobat PDF Download

Books and book chapters

Bryman, A. 2015. Social research methods. Oxford University Press. External resource

McBride, M. F., and M. A. Burgman. 2012. What is expert knowledge, how is such knowledge gathered, and how do we use it to address questions in landscape ecology? Pages 11-38 in A. H. Perera, C. A. Drew, and C. J. Johnson, editors. Expert knowledge and its application in landscape ecology. Springer New York, New York, NY. External resource

Newing, H. 2010. Conducting research in conservation: social science methods and practice. Taylor & Francis. External resource

Punch, K. F. 2013. Introduction to social research: quantitative and qualitative approaches. SAGE Publications. External resource

Silverman, D. 1993. Interpreting qualitative data: methods for analysing talk, text and interaction. Sage. External resource

Silverman, D. 2005. Doing qualitative research: a practical handbook. SAGE Publications. External resource

Vaske, J. J. 2008. Survey research and analysis: applications in parks, recreation and human dimensions. Venture Publishing. External resource