2022 IASNR Conference
San José, Costa Rica
June 26 - June 29, 2022
The IASNR Conference (formerly known as ISSRM)
The annual meeting of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) is the IASNR Conference (formerly known as the ISSRM). The IASNR conference emphasizes local to global resource management issues, environmental justice, collaborative stakeholder processes, and the social impacts of natural resource management. It is also a venue for presenting cutting-edge research and engaging in productive discussions focused on the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources.
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The International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) strives to be the premier international association of social scientists, policy makers, and practitioners studying and managing human relationships with the environment and natural resources. It is our mission to foster better scientific understandings of society-natural resource relationships; assist in the professional development of social scientists, policy makers, practitioners, and students from around the world studying these issues; and provide opportunities for them to meet and share their work with each other.
2022 IASNR Conference Organizers
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Conference Theme – Sustainable Development in Practice:
Integrating People, Place, and Policy
Sustainable natural resource management and development are challenging goals given the requirements associated with bridging the needs and wants of humans with the diverse and complex ecosystems in which they live. Turning sustainable natural resource management and development ideals into reality requires appropriate policy tools, community participation, and the integration of multiple forms of knowledge rooted in specific places. This framing gives rise to our proposed conference theme, “Sustainable Development in Practice: Integrating People, Place, and Policy.” We intend to provide a venue wherein participants can share the latest research in natural resource social science and learn from the example offered by Costa Rica, a country well known for its innovative social and environmental programs and policies. The conference seeks to encourage a better understanding of sustainable resource management and development by focusing on the integration of policy, people, and places, particularly centered around the challenges that confront and the successful conditions that secure sustainable natural resource management and development in the twenty-first century.
The 2022 conference takes advantage of the rich experience that Costa Rica offers through keynote talks, field trips, and organized sessions. During the conference, keynote talks will be offered by a top government official and a well-established and known practitioner. Their talks will focus on the challenges of sustainable natural resource management and development. The field trips will be designed to be highly educational, exploring both cases of successful sustainable resource management and development projects that did not go as planned. The organized sessions will serve as important sources of knowledge of the work that those pursuing sustainable resource management and development are doing. As the world faces great challenges in the form of unrestrained growth, climate change, and concurrent socio-ecological transitions, we envision the 2022 conference as a venue to increase our collective understanding of the role that academics, practitioners, and policy makers can play in bringing social science insights to bear on questions of sustainable natural resource management and development.
Commitment to Diversity & Ethics
The International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) is committed to fostering a welcoming and vibrant community with members of all races and ethnicities, genders, religions, political affiliations, nationalities, language groups, ages, experience, education levels, and abilities. IASNR has a Code of Ethics in place to ensure mutual respect and trust for all members. The organization condemns racism, and stands with the members of our community advocating for equality and justice. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
Conference Diversity Statement
Our aim is to facilitate a safe and inclusive IASNR Conference that welcomes all voices and encourages the free exchange of ideas and opinions. We invite participation from people of all races and ethnicities, genders, religions, political affiliations, nationalities, language groups, ages, experience, and abilities. Additionally, all conference attendees must agree and adhere to our Code of Ethics in order to attend the conference.
As organizers, we are working to provide a balanced and diverse program. You can help us build a better, more inclusive IASNR Conference by forwarding our Call for Abstracts throughout your network, and by sending along your suggestions for presenters and participants that might help to diversify the IASNR Conference.
Submission, Registration, & Schedule Information
Organized Session Proposals
Proposals pertaining to the interactions between social and ecological systems are now welcome! The due date for submission of proposals is November 5, 2021. Session proposals will be reviewed in the order they are received. To facilitate early registration and travel planning, we will make every effort to send out decision notifications regarding acceptance of organized session proposals by no later than December 3, 2021.
Organized Sessions represent an opportunity to bring together a group of scholars to present and discuss work focusing on a particular integrative theme or topic. These sessions can be structured in multiple ways:
Abstract submissions for individual papers and posters for presentation at the 2022 IASNR Conference are now being considered! All abstracts must be submitted by no later than February 28, 2022, at midnight (Central Standard Time). We do not anticipate an extension beyond that date and strongly encourage you to submit your abstracts well before the deadline. If you have extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from submitting by the deadline, please email [email protected]. Abstracts will be reviewed in the order they are received. To facilitate early registration and travel planning, we will make every effort to send decision notifications regarding acceptance of abstracts to authors by March 11, 2022.
We encourage submissions that are relevant to the symposium theme and those that focus on the interactions between social and ecological systems. However, all abstracts relevant to natural resources are welcome. Individuals will be limited to serving as lead presenter on only one oral paper presentation. This does not include co-authorship and individuals may present both an oral paper presentation and organize a session, present a poster, or serve on a panel.
Guidelines for Abstracts:
Abstracts should be in paragraph form, without bullet points. Additionally, the abstract body should include details regarding the background, purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Please also indicate the theory/analytical framework for the work and provide a description of the research methods used. Abstracts must not be longer than 2,000 characters including spaces. Abstract titles must not be longer than 250 characters including spaces.
**PLEASE NOTE** Individuals are limited to serving as lead author on only one oral paper presentation; this does not include co-authorship. Individuals may serve as lead author on an oral paper presentation while also organizing a session, presenting a poster, or serving on a panel.
Please submit your abstract electronically by clicking here and selecting “Add” next to “Oral Presentations and Posters” at the bottom of the page. Please note: a login account is required before an abstract can be submitted; you must also be logged into your account to submit an abstract.
Student Paper Competition
If you are a Ph.D., Master’s, or undergraduate student member of IASNR, you are invited to submit a paper for consideration for the “Best Student Paper Awards” to be awarded at the 2022 IASNR Conference in Costa Rica.
The following awards will be provided for the best papers by Taylor & Francis Group LLC.
International Student Travel Award
The IASNR International Student Travel Award provides a competitive opportunity for graduate student members to seek funding to attend the IASNR Conference. Two awards of $1,000 each will be provided to students traveling internationally (out of their country) to attend the 2022 IASNR Conference with a priority for those with limited to no conference funding and who come from the Global South.
Click here to read the award document for information about the award and what to include in your application. Use this Google Forms link to apply for the award. If you have any questions, please contact the IASNR Office at [email protected].
Student & Professional Member Scholarships & Subsidies
Student scholarships are available to support student attendance and participation at the 2022 IASNR Conference in Costa Rica. These awards will be given on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students in offsetting costs associated with attending the 2022 IASNR Conference. The deadline for applying for these awards is April 5th. The award amount will vary depending on the number of applications and total funds collected for student subsidy awards. This is for student members only. Click here to view the application.
Professional member subsidies are available to support attendance and participation at the 2022 IASNR Conference in Costa Rica. These awards will be given on a competitive basis and are meant to assist in offsetting costs associated with attending the 2022 IASNR Conference. Preference will be given to professionals from developing countries and/or early career professionals. The deadline for applying for these awards is April 5th. The award amount will vary depending on the number of applications and total funds collected for subsidy awards. Click here to view the application.
Conference participants and attendees must register to attend the IASNR Conference. The deadline for early bird registration is April 15, 2022. This is also the deadline for all presenters (oral, poster, organizers, and panel) to register. Sessions, papers, and posters will be dropped from the symposium program after April 15 if the presenter is not registered. IASNR membership is required for conference participation.
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about registration, student scholarships, or the conference in general.
Registration includes the following items:
An important note about food allergies: Due to the country’s limitations, we cannot guarantee that food ingredients are free from cross-contamination. If you have life threatening food allergies, please wait to register and email the organization.
Field trips (between $10 – $50 USD), the Student Forum ($16 USD), Young Professionals social hour ($15 USD), and the closing banquet ($45 USD, including transportation) will be charged separately if participants choose to register for those events.
Room rates in the conference hotel block range from $80 (for a single/double room) to $145 (for a suite room) USD/night and includes breakfast. Please click here to reserve a room in the conference block.
The 2022 IASNR Conference program is now available! We have over 60 sessions, workshops, and other events planned.
Conference Health Protocol
All attendees (presenters, program chairs, session chairs, exhibit booth staff, volunteers, attendees, guests, press, and others) will be required to:
The IASNR Executive Team and Conference Support Committee is currently exploring options for third-party vaccine verification, as a number of options exist (such as Safe Expo, Clear, HealthPass, or others). Third-party verification will ensure data privacy and security, as IASNR will have no direct access to any individual’s vaccine documentation. Additionally, third-party verification guarantees authentication of vaccine documentation from a wide range of international health and vaccine agencies. Third-party verification will have no additional cost to members.
Please check back often for any updates to the Conference Health Protocols and Expectations.
Virtual Options for Engagement
We recognize that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will restrict the ability of many members to attend the 20222 IASNR Conference in Costa Rica. As such, we are committed to offering opportunities for robust virtual engagement to supplement the in-person conference.
Virtual options will include:
A fully virtual conference will be offered October 4-6, 2022.