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About Us

We are a global community of conservation professionals interested in the application of social science to the conservation of biological diversity. The SSWG is one of the longest-serving official working groups of SCB and has a strong track record of mainstreaming the social sciences into conservation.

Membership. Since SSWG was established in 2003, we have grown to over 700 members in more than 70 countries. We are a diverse and multidisciplinary array of conservation researchers and practitioners, including social scientists, natural scientists, interdisciplinary scholars, and humanities specialists from many different backgrounds. Become a member. 

The Board. Our membership elects 12 Board Members who develop initiatives that best accomplish the mission of the SSWG "to strengthen conservation social science and its application to conservation practice." Meet current SSWG Board members.

Committees. Elected Board members also serve as Chairs on several committees that coordinate a multitude of SSWG activities. Members are welcome to volunteer for any committees that may be of interest.  Learn more about SSWG committees here.

Position Statements. See where we stand on important issues.

Governance. The activities of the SSWG Board are governed by a set of Bylaws, and our Board currently operates under the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan which was based on the 2008 program review and formative assessment. Each year, the SSWG Board and Committees develop detailed work plans to guide activity development and implementation. We also produce annual reports to communicate our activities and accomplishments (see some past examples below; reports labled BoG are those submitted to SCB's Board of Governors).


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