The International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) is an interdisciplinary professional association open to individuals who bring a variety of social science and natural science backgrounds to bear on research and application strategies pertaining to the environment and natural resource issues.
IASNR was founded in 2001 to provide a professional association to support the integration of social and natural sciences to develop research and application strategies pertaining to environmental and natural resource issues. It was preceded by its ISSRM conference, started in 1986 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA and its journal, Society & Natural Resources, first published by Taylor and Francis in 1988.
Our membership covers over 45 counties around the world. A membership directory is now available for all members.
The IASNR aims to:
Join IASNR for access to Society & Natural Resources online and in-print. Members also have the opportunity to attend our yearly conference, the ISSRM. An IASNR account enables you to renew membership and submit organized session proposals and abstracts for the ISSRM. Click here to login. Don’t have an account? Register today, it’s free!
Memberships can be purchased at 1 of 3 levels, for up to 3 years, and with online or hardcopy SNR journal subscriptions.
Prospective members without institutional support who are experiencing a financial hardship can contact [email protected] to discuss partial waivers of membership fees.
IASNR currently has 8 standing committees and 4 teams related to association operations. Click here to view the current committees, committee guidelines, and the purpose of each committee. If you are interested in serving on a committee as an IASNR member, please email [email protected].
Keeping in Touch Newsletter
Keeping in Touch is published twice a year and is the official newsletter of IASNR.
William (Bill) Stewart, Executive Director, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA (2021 to 2023)
Bill Stewart is a Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He conducts research related to the development of parks to improve quality of life and enhance a public sense of place. His research builds working relationships among stakeholders to move forward on conservation initiatives through the integration of community-based dialogue into land use decision-making processes. Bill teaches courses related to environmental conservation, and core courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Bill is an affiliated faculty with the Departments of Landscape Architecture, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and is the Director of the Park and Environmental Behavior Research Lab.
Rebecca (Becky) Schewe, Treasurer, Syracuse University, USA (2021-2023)
As a rural environmental and natural resource sociologist, Becky Schewe’s work focuses on the mutually constructive relationships between social institutions and the natural environment. Broadly speaking, Becky is interested in how social, economic, and political structures affect environmental behaviors, norms, and outcomes. She addresses core sociological issues of agency and structure by examining how individual environmental norms and behaviors intersect with wider social and natural structures. Empirically, her research has focused on two primary areas: 1) the agrifood system and 2) resource-dependent rural communities.
Lee Cerveny, Secretary, US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (2021-2023)
Lee Cerveny is Research Social Scientist and Team Leader of the People and Natural Resources Team in the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. Her recent work has focused on sustainability in the context of outdoor recreation and tourism; diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors; and engaging stakeholders and partners in natural resource decision-making through human-ecology mapping. Lee’s work often incorporates collaborative research designs and she is continuously exploring new models and approaches for science co-production. She is based in Seattle, Washington.
Jesse B. Abrams, Council Member, University of Georgia (2021-2023)
Jesse Abrams is Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. His research focuses on the governance of forests, rangelands, and other terrestrial systems and their associated disturbances and hazards (such as wildfire and insect dynamics). His past research has addressed topics such as community-based and network governance of U.S. federal lands, the relationship between amenity-led migration and private land governance, the interactions of state and non-state actors in forest sustainability certification, and the rural development implications of oil palm cultivation in the neotropics. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Forest Resources from Oregon State University and has been involved with IASNR since 2010.
Kindra De’Arman, Student Representative-Elect, University of Oregon, USA (2020-2022)
Jens Emborg, Council Member, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2019 – 2021)
Jens Emborg’s early research focused on forest ecology, where he coordinated larger strategic national and international research programs. Later, he turned to the field of Environmental Conflict Management, initiating and developing new research and teaching initiatives at the university including a popular Conflict Management Course (60-100 MSc students/yr) as well as a specialized Advanced Conflict Management Course. He carried out research in Europe, USA and Africa, and is currently involved in research and capacity building at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies at University of Nairobi. Jens Emborg takes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to complex problems by integrating natural and social science in his work. He has worked in policy and management settings and throughout his career bridged between research, policy and practice.
Tasos Hovardas, Council Member, University of Cyprus, Cyprus (2021-2023)
Tasos Hovardas is based at the University of Cyprus and he is a member of the Administrative Board of the Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society CALLISTO. His research and teaching interests include human dimensions of natural resource management, stakeholder engagement, environmental education and outreach. He is a Registered Mediator (Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and he is providing consultative services to the European Commission within the frame of human dimensions of wildlife conservation (Human Dimensions Expert in the Secretariat of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large carnivores). Tasos served on the board of Society & Natural Resources as Associate Editor from 2013 to 2017 and as Editor-in-Chief from 2017-2020.
Tanya Howard, Council Member, University of New England, Australia (2020 – 2022)
Tanya Howard is Senior Research Fellow at the University of New England. She is currently leading a multi-disciplinary team on the Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC project ‘The Human Dimensions of Environmental Crime’. Tanya completed her PhD in 2015 as part of the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Grant ‘Next Generation Landscape Governance’. Tanya’s doctoral thesis explored participatory processes in the environmental governance of rural landscapes and capacity building in rural communities. This research applied socio-legal methods to explore how community voices are brought into environmental governance. Between 2015-2018 Tanya worked with Professor Ted Alter from Pennsylvania State University as Post-Doctoral research fellow on the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre project ‘Facilitating Effective Community Action’. Prior to entering academia, Tanya worked with rural and remote communities to develop and deliver quality natural resource management and environmental sustainability outcomes across the non-government to government sectors. While at UNE, Tanya has taught natural resource policy, community engagement and agricultural extension. Tanya is a Board Member of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, and an alumnus of the Kettering Foundation in the USA. Tanya is passionate about the role of authentic and honest communication, deliberative practices and community participation in the pursuit of environmental and social justice.
Azahara Mesa-Jurado, Council Member, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico (2019 – 2021)
Azahara Mesa-Jurado is a researcher member of the Sustainable Management of Basin and Coastal Zone that is part of the Sustainability Sciences Department in El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Mexico). She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management and Rural Development from the University of Cordoba (Spain). In 2014, she founded with other colleagues the Transdisciplinary Laboratory for Sustainability; conceived as a space for reasoning breaking boundaries between disciplines and social actors helping further sustainable development and environmental conservation goals. Her research focuses mostly on natural resources-related decision-making processes in the context of global change, with a special focus on water resources. Her personal interests are enhancing the importance of nature conservation and the inclusion of local communities in decision-making and to foster participatory processes of natural resources management. She has studied water management issues in the Spanish Guadalquivir and Mexican Usumacinta-Grijalva River basins. Being an active member of Socioecosystem and Sustainability and Natural Protected Areas thematic networks has allowed her to connect with natural resource social scientists across Europe and Latin America. She leads and collaborates with a number of national and international research teams with major natural resource social science components.
Kate Sherren, Council Member, Dalhousie University, Canada (2021-2023)
Kate Sherren is a full professor at the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax, which is in Atlantic Canada, but spent a decade in Australia during its millennium drought (2000-2010; PhD and PDF at ANU, among other things) as well as a year in New Orleans. She uses a range of social, visual and sometimes spatial methods to explore landscape transition issues as diverse as sustainable grazing, biodiversity-friendly farming, renewable energy transitions and coastal adaptation. Since 2014 she has organized at least one session at most ISSRMs, and has served on the Site Selection Committee and as an Associate Editor at SNR for several years.
Susan Sidder, Student Representative, Oregon State University, USA (2019 – 2021)
Susan is a PhD student in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. Susan’s research and professional experience are focused on understanding the social and ecological impacts of visitor use in parks and protected areas. Through exploring innovative and cost-effective ways to monitor visitor use, exploring and quantifying the underlying drivers of visitor movement on landscapes, and using mixed methods research approaches, Susan’s work seeks to contribute an increased understanding of changing visitor use and movement patterns to inform proactive visitor use management in parks and protected areas. Prior to beginning her PhD at Oregon State University, Susan worked as a research analyst in the Public Lands Planning and Management Group at Resource Systems Group, Inc. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources from Clemson University in 2011.
Gladman (Glad) Thondhlana, Council Member, Rhodes University, South Africa (2020 – 2022)
Glad is a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is interested in human-nature relationships, and multi-stakeholder collaboration understood from a social-ecological perspective. His research focuses on understanding the links between wild resource use and household welfare, co-management of protected landscapes, conservation conflicts and household energy efficiency. Glad has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, policy briefs and working papers. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) Y2-rated researcher – a category awarded to a scientist who has the potential to establish as a researcher of considerable international standing on the basis of the quality and impact of recent research outputs. Beyond his environmental science-related research, Glad is an avid educator and has a growing research interest in transformation debates in higher education studies, particularly, on how group work and peer assessment, in an increasingly relationally diverse environment, can be more expansively viewed and crafted as ‘terrains of learning’ for students. He is recipient of the prestigious Rhodes University Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2016) and Rhodes University Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2019).
Carla Koons Trentelman, Council Member, Weber State University, USA (2020 – 2022)
Carla Koons Trentelman is a Professor of Sociology at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. As an environmental and natural resource sociologist, she has focused on studying water issues on campus, working with campus operations as community partners in undergraduate research projects. She has been involved in Weber State’s sustainability efforts, including serving on the Water Council and working collaboratively on multidisciplinary efforts to build curriculum. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Utah State University, where she explored place dynamics related to Great Salt Lake, UT, for her dissertation work. Carla has been involved with IASNR since 2002.
Chloe Wardropper, Council Member, University of Idaho (2019 – 2021)
Chloe Wardropper is an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Society at the University of Idaho. As an interdisciplinary natural resource social scientist, Wardropper studies planning and adaptation for changing weather conditions across varied landscapes, from agricultural to forested to urban, and how natural resource organizations incorporate science into management.
Kristin Floress, Editor-in-Chief, USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, USA (2020-2022)
I gave my first professional talk at the 2004 ISSRM in Keystone, Colorado, and go to the Symposium every year funding (and travel approvals) allow. IASNR has been my primary professional organization since I was a graduate student, and, to my delight, my first article from my dissertation was published in SNR. I have served IASNR in a number of roles over the years, including Best Student Paper competition reviewer, ISSRM scientific advisory committee member, and IASNR council member. I am currently a Research Social Scientist with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, but have had jobs ranging from associate professor to seller of the world’s highest donuts atop Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Editing is one of my favorite things to do, and I am certain there is a parallel universe where I am a science fiction book editor. Another favorite professional activity of mine is working with graduate students, thus I am looking forward to starting discussions with the Student Advisory Committee about ways we can work together with students on writing and publishing their research. I live in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois with my husband, two young boys, and a sneaky dog.
Emily S. Huff, Editor-in-Chief, Michigan State University, USA (2020- 2022)
I first attended the 2013 ISSRM in Estes Park, Colorado as a student member. After years of attending the Society of American Foresters National Convention, I was thrilled to find a home where social science was appreciated and understood. Some of the student members I met then are now my professional colleagues at universities, agencies, and NGOs across the globe. I am currently an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University where I hold a Research, Teaching, and Extension appointment in the Department of Forestry. Before this position, I was a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, working on the National Woodland Owner Survey. One of my greatest professional achievements was writing and singing an advertising jingle for Herrells, a famed ice cream shop in western Massachusetts where I grew up. I am looking forward to serving SNR and supporting increased student engagement with the peer review process. I split my time between Lansing and (near) Marquette, Michigan with my husband and two dogs.
Jessica Hill, Assistant Editor, International Association for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR)
Assistant Editor, International Association for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR)
Jessica Hill is the Assistant Editor of Society & Natural Resources (SNR) together will Editors-in-Chief Kristin Floress and Emily S. Huff. She began working with SNR in the fall of 2017. Since 2013, she has worked alongside the IASNR Council to manage the IASNR Office. Additionally, she works closely with the Conference Planning Committee to organize and facilitate the IASNR Conference (Formerly called ISSRM). Jessica obtained her graduate degree at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include wildlife conservation and renewable energy.