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Monday, January 29 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
SYMPOSIA-02: The Importance and Application of Social Science Research in Protected Area Management

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AUTHORS. Dr. Ryan L. Sharp, Kansas State University

ABSTRACT. The contributions of social science to the advancement of park, protected area and wildlife management, although often considered, may often be overlooked.  It is becoming increasingly clear that solutions to complex challenges posed by protected area management in the face of changing climatic conditions and increased visitation, will require an integrated approach—one that extends beyond the biological realm to one that acknowledges the inseparable links between biological and social systems. This presentation will outline ways in which social science can be used to inform policy- and decision-makers, and an increasingly engaged public. There will also be a discussion about how to better incorporate natural and social science perspectives in research, policy and practice. Such integration is not always easy and may imply a paradigm shift in current parks and protected areas policy and planning.

Monday January 29, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm CST