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The Social Science Working Group

The Social Science Working Group (SSWG) of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is a global community of conservation scientists and practitioners. Since the SSWG was established in 2003, we have been deeply committed to strengthening conservation social science and its application to conservation practice around the globe. SSWG is administered by a Board of Directors and various Board Committees. SSWG catalyzes forums and mechanisms for information exchange, promotes dialogue and debate, shares career opportunities and builds social science capacity among conservation practitioners. Learn more about us.

Please read our Letter to the Community regarding SSWG's stance on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) - we also welcome your ideas and engagement going forward.

Call for Nominations: SCB Social Science Working Group Board

Nominations due by 5th April 2021

SCB’s Social Science Working Group (SSWG) requests nominations for two at-large seats on the SSWG Board to serve a three-year term, beginning in July 2021.

The SSWG Board consists of 12 members, including 9 at-large members and 3 officers (President, Past President, and Secretary). The SSWG Board actively develops and coordinates initiatives to best accomplish the mission of the SSWG, which is to strengthen the conservation social sciences and their application to conservation practice.

We welcome self-nominations as well as nominations of other people; however, please only nominate people other than yourself with their permission. The nominations committee will consider geographic, disciplinary, and professional diversity to develop a final ballot of up to four candidates.

All nominees must be SCB and SSWG members in good standing (check your membership status at All candidates should possess: (1) a demonstrated commitment to SCB and SSWG (both the missions and the organizations); (2) sufficient time/capacity to provide leadership; (3) relevant research and/or practitioner experience.

Time commitments vary (approximately 4-10 hours per month). We ask potential candidates to think carefully about their ability to commit sufficient time to the SSWG Board prior to nomination. Board members are expected to: (a) attend monthly virtual meetings, (b) serve as an active member of two or more SSWG Committees; chair at least 1 committee for 1 year (c) develop and implement SSWG’s strategic plan and Committee annual work plans, and (d) support the SSWG's goals in the following five areas:

  1. Science: Advance scientific understanding of conservation as a social process.
  2. Policy: Inform conservation decision-making through scientific dialogue and stakeholder engagement.
  3. Capacity-building: Enhance the ability of scholars and practitioners to understand and address the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation.
  4. Membership: Expand, diversify, and engage the SSWG membership.
  5. Organizational development: Increase the capacity of the SSWG to achieve its mission.

Board members are also encouraged to attend one in-person SCB-related congress annually (as circumstances allow) and serve as an SSWG liaison to SCB committees, conferences, or other collaborative efforts.

Nominees should send CV and statement of interest that details past involvement with SCB and their vision for SSWG (250-word limit) to Lily Van Eeden (SSWG Membership and Nominations Committee Chair, by 5-April-2021. Please indicate the time commitment you are willing to make to board-related tasks, and committees you may be interested in participating in or leading. Elections will begin mid-April.

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