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Social Science Working Group

The SCB Social Science Working Group (SSWG) is a global community of conservation scientists and practitioners. Established in 2003, the SSWG is dedicated to strengthening conservation social science and its application to conservation practice around the globe. SSWG is administered by a Board of Directors and 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.

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SSWG welcomes new board members

Review the current SSWG Strategic Plan, the revised 2016 Bylaws and Annual Report

The Resources page of the SSWG website is currently being updated. It will reappear soon!

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Conservation Social Science Spotlight: Recent Papers

Teel, T. L., Anderson, C. B., Burgman, M. A., Cinner, J., Clark, D., Estévez, R. A., Jones, J. P.G., McClanahan, T. R., Reed, M. S., Sandbrook, C. and St. John, F. A.V. (2018), Publishing social science research in Conservation Biology to move beyond biology. Conservation Biology, 32: 6–8. doi:10.1111/cobi.13059

As all SSWG members know, social science plays an important role in conservation research and practice. However, the position of social science research in key research journals is not always clear. In this editorial , Teel et al. discuss the role of social science in Conservation Biology , the flagship journal of the Society for Conservation Biology.  They offer guidance on the suitability of manuscripts for publication, based on relevance and importance, and call for stronger representation of social scientist from diverse disciplines in the editorial and review process. 

Veríssimo, D., Schmid, C., Kimario, F. F. and Eves, H. E. (2018), Measuring the impact of an entertainment-education intervention to reduce demand for bushmeat. Animal Conservation. doi:10.1111/acv.12396

The trade and consumption of bushmeat are major threats to biodiversity across the tropics. In this paper Verissimo et al. explore the efficacy of radio talk shows in attempts to reduce demand for bushmeat in northern Tanzania. Though the study shows no significant change in behavior, it highlights the need for rigorous monitoring and evaluation to identify behavior change success.

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