To best understand disciplinary inclusion issues and develop solutions, the Disciplinary Inclusion Task Force is led by a Steering Committee of conservation professionals who support and advise three research teams:
The Members Team charges forward with their investigation into the barriers and facilitators of SCB membership. In few words, their task is to understand how SCB can best support and include members from all conservation disciplines.
Research activity highlights: Compile and analyze available SCB member data to identify gaps in data and membership; design and implement member interviews; launch and analyze SCB member survey.
The Non-members Team seeks to uncover the professional and disciplinary identities of potential members. Their task is to understand how the SCB can better broaden their global membership by attracting new conservation scholars and practitioners to the SCB.
Research activity highlights: Identify and recruit potential members for designed surveys, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups; review the literature on diversity and inclusion in organizations, like the SCB; generate social media datasets e.g. from Twitter bios.
Institutional History Team
The Institutional History Team looks at the foundation and the future of the Society. Through understanding the founding principles and investigating the development path SCB has taken, we can better understand levers for altering the direction of SCB to foster disciplinary diversity. This Team helps us understand who we were, who we are, and who we want to become.
Research activity highlights: Unstructured interviews with key SCB leadership (current and past); understand the SCB vision for disciplinary diversity via a content analysis of SCB’s strategic plans; review available documents (conference abstracts, publications, etc.) to find out how disciplinary representation has changed over time.