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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.

You can 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!


Connect with SSWG on Social Media

Twitter:              @SCB_SSWG, #consocsci




This webinar is now full, but we’ll post a link to the webinar recording after February 20th. Please watch for late 2019 announcements of the next in the series: Methods II on participatory, qualitative social science methods.

Wednesday February 20th USA EST 1:00-3:00 (13:00-15:00)

Attention environmental social science students and professionals! Curious about quantitative methods you never got to study in college? Want to learn more? Join our free AESS-IASNR-SCB SSWG sponsored webinar February 20th, USA EST 1:00-3:00.

Guest speakers:

Aniseh Bro, University of Michigan on Survey Experiments

Matthew Hamilton, The Ohio State University on Social Network Analysis

Peter Jacques, University of Central Florida on Quantitative Content Analysis

Mark Rouleau, Michigan Technological University on Agent-based Modeling

Registration required by February 15th, 2019 – spots are limited. Go to to sign up and receive log-in info and a link to webinar resources.

This webinar is designed to briefly expose you to each method. We will provide additional resources for you to learn more on your own and may provide longer workshops on one or more methods if there is interest.
After a brief webinar introduction, each speaker will talk about their method for about 12 minutes for about one hour total of presentations. This will be followed by one hour of attendee questions and answered by the speakers. Learn more at

For questions, please contact Kathy Halvorsen at

Jointly sponsored by the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS), the International Association of Society and Natural Resources (IASNR), and the Society for Conservation Biology Social Science Working Group (SCB SSWG).