ISSRM 2020

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2020 ISSRM

Cairns, Australia

June 22-26, 2020

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The International Symposium for Society & Resource Management (ISSRM)

The International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) is the annual meeting of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR). ISSRM emphasizes local to global resource management issues, environmental justice, collaborative stakeholder processes, and the social impacts of natural resource management. ISSRM is a venue for presenting cutting-edge research and engaging in productive discussions focused on the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources.

Our Mission

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.

2020 ISSRM Conference Chairs

Tom Measham

Conference Organizer

CSIRO Land and Water

Brisbane, Australia

Stewart Lockie

Conference Organizer

James Cook University

Townsville, Australia

Conference Scientific Committee

  • Courtney Flint, Utah State University
  • Mayumi Fukunaga, University of Tokyo
  • Julia Haggerty, Montana State University
  • Tasos Hovardas, University of Cyprus
  • Richard Krannich, Utah State University
  • Ian McCleod, James Cook University
  • Camilla Sandström, Umeå University
  • Kate Sherren, Dalhousie University
  • David Sonnenfeld, State University of New York
  • Bruce Taylor, CSIRO Land and Water
  • Karen Vella, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dan Williams, US Forest Service

Conference Theme: Re-creating landscape and culture in a time of global change

Re-creating landscape and culture in a time of global change recognizes the interconnections between people and places across scales from local to global. At one level, the theme is about the resource extraction and economic activity affecting ecosystems as areas of profound natural beauty and traditional culture.  At another level, the theme recognizes that landscapes are in a continuous state of change.  The pace of change may vary considerably from place to place, with some locations experiencing rapid transition and others being re-created slowly through the ways they are represented variably as places of nature, recreation, culture, beauty and production and wilderness. The theme builds on previous ISSRM Symposia themes and brings together a suite of interconnected sub-themes.

  1. Re-creating landscapes including:
    • cultural landscapes
    • world heritage
    • landscape multifunctionality
    • place-making and senses of place
    • recreation and tourism
    • rehabilitation
  1. Culture, collaboration and contest, including
    • Indigenous knowledge
    • local knowledge
    • competing and complementary land uses
    • cultural management
    • co-management
    • co-production of knowledge
  1. Resources, extraction and restoration, including:
    • fossil fuel extraction
    • mining
    • renewable energy
    • forestry and agriculture
    • social impacts
    • economic impacts
    • resource dependent communities
  1. Changing social processes, including:
    • social license to operate
    • demographic change 
    • new mobilities and media
    • governance
    • migration
    • environmental justice and just transitions
    • new rural economies
    • place attachment
  1. Environmental management and global change, including
    • climate change
    • coastal and marine management
    • water
    • erosion
    • waste management
    • weeds and feral animals
    • human dimensions of wildlife

ISSRM Diversity Statement

Our aim is to facilitate a safe and inclusive ISSRM 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.

As organizers, we are working to provide a balanced and diverse program. You can help us build a better, more inclusive ISSRM by forwarding our Call for Abstracts throughout your network, and by sending along your suggestions for presenters and participants that might help to diversify ISSRM.

Location: Cairns, Australia
Cairns is a tropical city and capital of the Far North Queensland region of Australia. It is home to around 150,000 people and located between two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area
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Venue: The Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns Marina
All ISSRM sessions and the majority of events will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel.
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Optional Pre & Post ISSRM Field Trips
Field Trips will be offered through experienced Cairns tourist operators. Trips include Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Adventure, Daintree Walkabout, Tropical waterfalls tour, and more !
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Local Attractions & Tourism Information
Cairns and the surrounding area have a lot to offer in terms of tourism and attractions. Make the most out of your trip to the ISSRM by attending one of our great field trips or create your own adventure!
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Submission, Registration, & Schedule Information

Organized Session Proposals

Organized session proposals are now being considered and are due November 1, 2019.

Click here to submit an organized session proposal. Please note: a login account is required before a session proposal can be submitted; you must also be logged into your account to submit a session proposal.

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:

    • A collection of 3-5 thematically-linked oral presentations (with or without a discussant).
    • A panel of experts on a given topic.
    • A roundtable discussion.
    • An author-meets-critics session.
    • A workshop/training activity.
    • Or, you can propose your own idea!
Panels and paper sessions will last 90 minutes. Organizer(s) should recruit and receive commitments from participants in advance of proposal submission, and include details regarding who will participate and what they will be doing as part of the session proposal. Organized sessions will be highlighted and given priority in the program.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submission is now open and submissions are due February 5, 2020. 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]. We will accept late abstract on a case-by-case basis. 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 15.

Individual paper and poster abstracts can be submitted electronically by clicking here and selecting “Add” next to “Submit Abstracts (Oral Presentations and Posters).” 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.

We encourage submissions that are relevant to the symposium theme and those that focus on the interactions between social and ecological systems. 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. 


Conference participants and attendees must register to attend the ISSRM. The deadline for early bird registration is March 31, 2020. 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. Click here to view registration options and prices.

Information on student scholarships will be available soon. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about registration, student scholarships,  or the conference in general.

Conference Outline

Click here to view the conference outline of keynotes, sessions, and events.

Student Interest

Student Paper Competition – Prizes will be awarded to the best undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD level papers that are presented at the ISSRM.

Student Forum – Offers professional development and networking for graduate students. More details coming soon.

Student Mixer – Informal networking opportunity with food and beer. All free! More details coming soon.

Student Quiz Bowl – Fun, competitive team event where students test their IASNR and environmental social science knowledge in front of a boisterous audience. Bar and snacks provided. More details and submission deadlines coming soon.

IASNR Mentoring Program – More details coming soon.

Student Scholarships – These awards will be given on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students in offsetting costs associated with attending the 2020 ISSRM.

Click here for more information