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Human dimensions theory


Key Papers

Bennett, N. J., R. Roth, S. C. Klain, K. Chan, P. Christie, D. A. Clark, G. Cullman, D. Curran, T. J. Durbin, G. Epstein, A. Greenberg, M. P. Nelson, J. Sandlos, R. Stedman, T. L. Teel, R. Thomas, D. Veríssimo, and C. Wyborn. 2017. Conservation social science: understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation. Biological Conservation 205:93-108.  Download


Bruskotter, J. T., A. Singh, D. C. Fulton, and K. Slagle. 2015. Assessing tolerance for wildlife: clarifying relations between concepts and measures. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 20:255-270.  External resource


Bruskotter, J. T., and R. S. Wilson. 2014. Determining where the wild things will be: using psychological theory to find tolerance for large carnivores. Conservation Letters 7:158-165.  Download


Carter, N. H., S. J. Riley, and J. Liu. 2012. Utility of a psychological framework for carnivore conservation. Oryx 46:525-535.  External resource


Dickman, A. J. 2010. Complexities of conflict: the importance of considering social factors for effectively resolving human-wildlife conflict. Animal Conservation 13:458-466.  External resource


Heberlein, T. A. 2012. Navigating environmental attitudes. Conservation Biology 26:583-585.  Download


Jacobsen, K. S., and J. D. C. Linnell. 2016. Perceptions of environmental justice and the conflict surrounding large carnivore management in Norway - implications for conflict management. Biological Conservation 203:197-206.  External resource


Kansky, R., M. Kidd, and A. T. Knight. 2016. A wildlife tolerance model and case study for understanding human-wildlife conflicts. Biological Conservation 201:137-145.  External resource  


Kansky, R., M. Kidd, and A. T. Knight. 2016. A wildlife tolerance model and case study for understanding human-wildlife conflicts. Biological Conservation 201:137-145.  External resource


Lehnen, L., U. Arbieu, K. Böhning-Gaese, S. Díaz, J. A. Glikman, and T. Mueller. 2022. Rethinking individual relationships with entities of nature. People and Nature.  Download

Manfredo, M. J., J. T. Bruskotter, T. L. Teel, D. Fulton, S. H. Schwartz, R. Arlinghaus, S. Oishi, A. K. Uskul, K. Redford, S. Kitayama, and L. Sullivan. 2017. Why social values cannot be changed for the sake of conservation. Conservation Biology 31:772-780.  Download


Manfredo, M. J., and A. A. Dayer. 2004. Concepts for exploring the social aspects of human–wildlife conflict in a global context. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 9:1-20.  External resource


Manfredo, M. J., L. Sullivan, A. W. Don Carlos, A. M. Dietsch, T. L. Teel, A. D. Bright, and J. T. Bruskotter. 2018. America's wildlife values: the social context of wildlife management in the U.S., Colorado State University, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Fort Collins, CO.  Download  


Perry, L. R., T. P. Moorhouse, K. Jacobsen, A. J. Loveridge, and D. W. Macdonald. 2022. More than a feeling: cognitive beliefs and positive—but not negative—affect predict overall attitudes toward predators. Conservation Science and Practice n/a:e584.  Download

Peterson, M. N., J. L. Birckhead, K. Leong, M. J. Peterson, and T. R. Peterson. 2010. Rearticulating the myth of human-wildlife conflict. Conservation Letters 3:74-82.  Download

Sandbrook, C., W. M. Adams, B. Büscher, and B. Vira. 2013. Social research and biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology 27:1487-1490.  External resource

Treves, A., and J. Bruskotter. 2014. Tolerance for predatory wildlife. Science 344:476.  External resource

Vucetich, J. A., D. Burnham, E. A. Macdonald, J. T. Bruskotter, S. Marchini, A. Zimmermann, and D. W. Macdonald. 2018. Just conservation: what is it and should we pursue it? Biological Conservation 221:23-33.  Download

Books and book chapters

Decker, D. J., S. J. Riley, and W. F. Siemer. 2012. Human dimensions of wildlife management. Johns Hopkins University Press.  External resource


Dickman, A., S. Marchini, and M. Manfredo. 2013. The human dimension in addressing conflict with large carnivores. Pages 110-126 Key topics in conservation biology 2. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.  External resource


Manfredo, M. J. 2008. Who cares about wildlife?: Social science concepts for exploring human-wildlife relationships and conservation issues. Springer New York.  External resource


Manfredo, M. J., J. J. Vaske, P. J. Brown, D. J. Decker, and E. A. Duke. 2009. Wildlife and society: the science of human dimensions. Island Press.  External resource


Marchini, S. 2014. Who’s in conflict with whom? Human dimensions of the conflicts involving wildlife. Pages 189-209 in L. M. Verdade, M. C. Lyra-Jorge, and C. I. Piña, editors. Applied ecology and human dimensions in biological conservation. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Heidelberg.  External resource

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