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SSWG Committees focus on areas that support our strategic goals, including advancing capacity for conservation social science, engaging diverse SSWG and SCB perspectives in the practice of conservation social science, and ensuring that the SSWG Board's core functions are consistent and responsive to membership. Contact the Committee Chairs to get involved!


The Communication Committee coordinates SSWG's print, email, website and social media communications. This committee also supports the Membership and Nominations Committee and other committees of SSWG and SCB to achieve SSWG's member outreach and marketing goals. Chair: Seline Meijer

Program and Conference Planning Committee

The Program Committee works with the SSWG Board and the SCB Executive Office to coordinate and organize social science content for ICCB and SCB conferences as well as for related conservation conferences.  The Committee also assist the Vice President in planning the SSWG conference and annual program schedule, including Members' meetings. Chair: Jenny Anne Glikman

Membership and Nominations

The Membership and Nominations Committee encourages membership in both the SSWG and the SCB, especially among underrepresented groups. The Chair or his or her designate will liaise with SCB’s Diversity Committee on issues of mutual interest. The Committee shall assist the Secretary in maintaining a current list of the SSWG membership, and with member communications. One current initiative of this Committee is building broader international membership and support. The Committee also manages SSWG Board elections in partnership with SCB's Executive Office. In preparation for annual elections, the Committee puts out a call for nominations to the membership, forms a nominations sub-committee to evaluate nominees and selects a diverse set of candidates. Chairs: Jessica Musengezi

Student Affairs

The Student Affairs Committee facilitates the participation of graduate and undergraduate students in activities of the SSWG and the SCB. This committee is responsible for communicating student issues to the SSWG and the SCB. Current activities include expanding and diversifying student membership, facilitating student participation in the ICCB and SCB conferences, and linking students to career and professional development opportunities. Got energy and want to get involved? contact Chair: Rina Hauptfeld

Organisational Development

The Organizational Development Committee works to enhance the internal capacity of the SSWG to achieve its mission. In conjunction with the other Committees, the Organizational Development Committee endeavors to develop transparent, systematic, and inclusive mechanisms to improve the SSWG’s logistical and organizational operations. Current initiatives of the committee include implementing a project management platform and identifying ways to employ more of the vast energy and skill within the greater SSWG membership. Ideas? Contact ChairRina Hauptfeld

Special Projects

The Special Projects Committee currently focuses on: 1) how SSWG can support nascent conservation social science initiatives and build on lessons learned from people with experience mainstreaming social science; and 2) assessing how conservation social science is being treated within Fish and Wildlife conservation programs. In particular, this committee will think about how these insights may identify barriers and challenges for the integration of social science into the practice of conservation generally. Chair: Shonil Bhagwat