Society & Natural Resources – The Official Journal of IASNR.

Society & Natural Resources – The Official Journal of IASNR

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Description of Types of Articles Published in SOCIETY & NATURAL RESOURCES

Society and Natural Resources (SNR) is the journal for the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR). SNR publishes 12 issues per year on cutting edge social science research that advances understanding of the interaction between society and natural resources.  Social science research is extensive and comes from a number of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, political science, communications, planning, education, and anthropology. We welcome research from all of these disciplines and interdisciplinary social science research that transcends the boundaries of any single social science discipline. We define natural resources broadly to include water, air, wildlife, fisheries, forests, natural lands, urban ecosystems, and intensively managed lands. While we welcome all papers that fit within this broad scope, we especially welcome papers in the following four important and broad areas in the field:

  1. Protected area management and governance
  2. Stakeholder analysis; and engagement and consultation; deliberation processes; social learning; environmental governance; conflict resolution; social impact assessment
  3. Theoretical frameworks, epistemological issues, and methodological perspectives
  4. Multiscalar character of social implications of natural resource management

We publish six categories of articles: research articles, review articles, practice-based knowledge, policy reviews and analyses, comments and rejoinders, and research notes.  We also accept solicited book reviews.  For further information, please click here and also visit the Taylor and Francis site.

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees.  All peer review is double blind and submission is online via ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Print ISSN: 0894-1920

Online ISSN: 1521-0723


Rabel J. Burdge & Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award

Society & Natural Resources publishes a call every Spring for nominations for the Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award, for best general research article published in each volume of the journal. The award recipient receives a US $500 cash prize,* sponsored by the journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, and is recognized at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in June each year; and through the journal and related websites.

Selection criteria include:
• Innovative and interesting topic
• Meaningful contribution to the study of society and natural resources
• Engagement with prior scholarship
• Quality of conceptual development
• Solid, well-articulated methodology and effective use of evidence, as applicable
• Coherent and persuasive argument
• Clarity and general excellence in writing

An article that promises to be influential over time will be preferred.

Nominations: The selection committee will consider all general research articles published in each volume of the journal. Independent nominations from the same pool of eligible articles are welcome and encouraged.** For more information on nominations and deadlines please email [email protected]

* If more than one author, the cash award will be divided equally among the authors.
** Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current editors of the journal are ineligible to receive this award.


Click here to view past Outstanding Article Award recipients.



Society and Natural Resources (SNR) strives to publish one special issue each year, though there is no definite maximum or minimum the number of special issues in each annual volume. Previous special issues have focused on issues such as sustainable agriculture politics and policy, water conflicts, and the relationships between the fields of environmental sociology and natural resource sociology.

The Editors-in-Chief will occasionally issue calls for special issues. If you are interested in receiving emails when these calls are issues, please contact the Assistant Editor.


Editorial Team

Beginning July 1, 2017, the Journal of Society & Natural Resources journal has been turned over to a new editorial team: Click here to view the 2017 to 2020 Editor-in-Chief introduction.

Tasos Hovardas
Editor-in-Chief, University of Cyprus
Tasos Hovardas is Editor-In-Chief of Society & Natural Resources (2017-2020) together with Linda Prokopy. He has served as an Associate Editor for Society & Natural Resources since 2013. He has worked on environmental social science, environmental education, and science education research projects. Tasos is the Human Dimensions Expert of CALLISTO – Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society and he is providing consultancy services to the EU Platform on coexistence between people and large carnivores. He is currently editing a volume to be published by Routledge on human dimensions of large carnivore conservation and management. His research interests include human dimensions of natural resource management, stakeholder engagement and communication, environmental education and outreach. He is based at the University of Cyprus, and his teaching concentrates on ecology and society, social science research methods, and model-based inquiry learning.
Linda S. Prokopy
Editor-in-Chief, Purdue University
Linda Prokopy is Editor-in-Chief of Society & Natural Resources (2017-2020) together with Tasos Hovardas. She is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University and the Director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist who is recognized nationally and internationally for her work incorporating social science into the fields of agricultural conservation, agricultural adaptation to climate change, and watershed management. She also conducts research on the human dimensions of non-charismatic wildlife and has conducted research about public participation in natural resource management in rural India and Peru. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles (including 5 in Society and Natural Resources), she has generated over $12 million in competitive research funds, and she has graduated and mentored numerous graduate students and postdocs. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of American Water Resources Association, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, and the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.
Jessica Hill
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 Linda Prokopy and Tasos Hovardas. 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 ISSRM. Jessica obtained her graduate degree at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include rural sociology, place attachment and meaning, wildlife conservation, and renewable energy.


Rabel Burdge

Rabel J. Burdge

Rabel J. Burdge is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he held tenure appointments from 1976 to 1996 in the Institute for Environmental Studies and the Departments of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (Rural Sociology), Leisure Studies (now Recreation, Sport and Tourism) and Urban and Regional Planning.

He was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology and Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University in Bellingham, where he taught courses on environmental sociology and social impact assessment from 1996-2012.

Educated at Penn State (Ph.D.-1965) and Ohio State University (B.S.-1959 and M.S.-1961), Burdge has also served on the faculties of the University of Kentucky (Lexington), 1968-1976; and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, 1965-68 (active military duty with final rank of Captain).

Since 1986 he has been an Honorary Professor in the School of Australian Environmental Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia where he received the visiting scholar award. In 1984 he was a Resident Professor, Department of Western Sociology, University of Wageningen, the Agricultural University of The Netherlands. Burdge spent the spring term of 2002 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Centre, University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

In 2003, Burdge edited a double issue of the international journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Volume 21 (2&3) titled, “The Practice of Social Impact Assessment” and completed the 3rd edition of his two SIA textbooks: The Concepts, Process and Methods of Social Impact Assessment (translated and published in Chinese in 2011, ISBN: 978-7-5111-0612-4) and A Community Guide to Social Impact Assessment, both published in 2004 (later revised in 2015) by the Social Ecology Press of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR).

He has written over 200 scholarly articles and papers on social change in rural communities, natural resource and environmental issues, needs assessment surveys, the use of public involvement in the resource decision making process, the social and economic impacts of development, the sitting of hazardous and conventional waste facilities, as well as natural resource recreation management.

In addition to the above books, Burdge is author of Coping with Change: an Interdisciplinary
Assessment of the Lake Shelbyville Reservoir, and co-author of Social Change in Rural Societies: A Rural Sociology Textbook, 2nd and 3rd Editions. He is former editor of the Journal of Leisure Research and founding co-editor of both Leisure Sciences: an Interdisciplinary Journal and Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal.

From 1994-2000 Burdge was Executive Director and Treasurer of the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) and Editor of The Rural Sociologist. He was the 1988 recipient of the RSS Natural Resources Research Award for contributions to the sociology of natural resources. In August of 1996, he was named Distinguished Rural Sociologist, the highest honor given by the Rural Sociological Society.

In 1990 he was elected the President of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and in 1994 received from IAIA the “Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Award” for outstanding contributions to the field of impact assessment. He gave the keynote address for the 26th annual meeting (June, 2007) of the International Association for Impact Assessment in Seoul, Korea and it was later published as Rabel J Burdge, “The Focus of Impact Assessment (And IAIA) Must Now Shift to Global Climate Change!!” Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 28 (8 November, 2008) pp. 618-622.

Recent consultancies include: 2001–preparation of the Social Impact Assessment manual for the Bureau of Reclamation, US Department of Interior; 2002–international expert for UNEP-Malaysia on the preparation of SIA guidelines; 2003–preparation of Principles and Guidelines for Social Impact Assessment for the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA).

Annually, Burdge gives training courses on social impact assessment for such professional organizations as the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA, where he is a certified instructor) and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) where he received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Rural Sociological Society (RSS). He has also given training courses on social impact assessment for a variety of private sector companies and organizations.

Recent social impact assessment (SIA) projects include; the assessment of the building of housing for low-income Hispanic farm workers in a lower middle class area; the sitting of a large deep water port facility on Native America land; a proposal to build a multiple-housing recreation facility inside a present urban area on 85 acres of pristine forested land and the baseline study for a proposed diamond mine in Aboriginal Territory of Canada’s Northwest Territory.

Donald R. Field (March 9, 1940 – April 7, 2018)

Donald R. Field (March 9, 1940 – April 7, 2018)

In Memorium

Early Saturday morning, April 7, 2018, University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus Donald Reed Field passed away. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy H. Field, children Peggy, Andrew, and Donald Jr., six grandchildren, and a large extended family. Beyond the joys these family members brought to Nan and Don, they are a lasting signal of the core traits this couple instilled in each person they came into contact with – honesty, love, commitment, faith, and will to move forward. Thankfully, Don’s ability to impart such traits was not restricted to bloodlines – it extended to a legion of students, colleagues, and indirect progeny. All who studied with, worked alongside, or otherwise were blessed to interact with him felt his grace, and profited from his wisdom.

Professor Field served in many capacities and roles throughout his distinguished career, including as an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University and then at the University of Washington (where he was promoted through the ranks to Professor), Chief Scientist Pacific Northwest Region of the National Park Service (where he also served as the agency’s first Senior Scientist in Sociology), and Professor of Forest Resource Management at Oregon State University. He spent the last 23 years of his career at the University of Wisconsin where he served as Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Director of the School of Natural Resources, and Professor of Rural Sociology and Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Taken together, these positions provide a penetrating glimpse into Don’s creative life-space – he traversed the intersections between the natural sciences and social sciences as had few before him. More importantly, he erected some of the first bridges to creating a transdisciplinary framework for addressing the many wicked problems assailing the natural resource-human interface.

Don Field’s work in natural resource sociology is foundational. His research findings appeared in many of the leading journals published today, and along with his numerous books, book chapters, and research monographs remain core to current work in the areas of leisure studies, rural sociology, and natural resource social science. The enduring importance of his contributions is in part reflected by the numerous awards he received over the course of his career, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Service Award, the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Conservation and Recreation Research from the National Recreation and Park Association, the George Hartzog Award from the National Park Service, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, the Award of Merit from the Natural Resources Research Group of the Rural Sociological Society, the Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award from the Rural Sociological Society, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Penn State, and election as a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

Field’s level of engagement with and contributions to the creation of professional networks and organizations is unparalleled. He served as an elected Council member, Secretary, and Vice-President with the Rural Sociological Society. His creativity and sense of purpose led him to actively pursue the development of new outlets and organizations that brought natural resource and social scientists together. He served for six years as co-editor of the recreation resource-based scholarly journal Leisure Sciences. He organized the first International Symposium on Society and Resource Management in 1986, and continued to play a lead role in nurturing and organizing the ISSRM symposia for the next quarter-century. Based on research papers from the first Symposium he launched Society and Natural Resources in 1988, and continued as the journal’s co-editor in chief until 2003. In 2001 he led the creation of a new professional association, the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, and served as IASNR’s founding Executive Director from 2002 to 2005.

Don Field’s life was devoted to bringing people with different agendas together to address the pressing issues facing our nations’ natural resources. He infused a passion among all he worked with to add to and apply social science knowledge in ways that would enhance both natural resource conditions and social well-being. He will never be far from our hearts, or our minds.

Book Review Editors

Laura Verbrugge  – University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Claudia Benham – James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

Associate Editors

Nabin BaralUniversity of Washington, Seattle, USA
Joan BrehmIllinois State University, Normal, IL, USA
Megha BudrukArizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Stuart CarltonTexas A&M University – Galveston, Galveston, TX, USA
Michael CarolanColorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Timothy CollinsUniversity of El Paso, El Paso, TX, USA
Peter CronkletonCenter for International Forestry Research, Lima, Peru
Bethany CuttsNorth Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
Ashley DayerVirginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Jun HeYunnan University, Kunming, China
Gordon HickeyMcGill University, Montreal, Canada
Trevor HillUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Gerard KyleTexas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Mark LubellUniversity of California, Davis, CA, USA
Richard D. MargerumUniversity of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
Thomas MeashamCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Cassandra MoselyUniversity of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
Fiona NunanUniversity of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Peggy PetrzelkaUtah State University, Logan, UT, USA   
Victoria Reyes-GarciaAutonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Camilla SandströmUmeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Michael L SchoonArizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Kate SherrenDalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Michael SoriceVirginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Marc SternVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Bruce TaylorCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Brisbane, Australia
Gladman ThondhlanaRhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Lei ZhangRenmin University of China, Beijing, China

Editorial Board Members (2018 – 2020)

Emmanuel Matthew Akpabio – University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria

Iosif Botetzagias – University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece
Paolo Omar Cerutti – Center for International Forestry Research, Nairobi,

Alan P. Diduck – University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada
Marla Emery – U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station,
Burlington, VT, USA

Polly J. Ericksen – International Livestock Research Institute,
Sustainable Livestock Systems, Nairobi, Kenya

David Flores – U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station,
Fort Collins, CO, USA

Michael S. Hand – U.S. Forest Service Northern Regional Office,
Missoula, MT, USA

Michael Hughes – Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
Michiel Köhne – Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands
Zhao Ma – Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
Sango Mahanty – The Australian National University, Canberra,

Stephanie Malin – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Sandy Marquart-Pyatt – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI,

Max Nielsen-Pincus – Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA

Anja Nygren – University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Christine Overdevest – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Bishnu H. Pandit – Nepal Agroforestry Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal

John R. Parkins – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Bob Powell – Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Hua Qin – University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
Leigh Raymond – Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
Clare Ryan – University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Erika Washburn – University of Wisconsin – Extension, Washburn, WI,

Nigel Watson- University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England
Rachel P. Wynberg – University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Chenyang Xiao – American University, Washington, D.C., USA

Editorial Board Members (2019 – 2021)

Wiebren BoonstraStockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
Mollie ChapmanUniversity of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Lain (Melanie) DareUniversity of Canberra, Bruce, Australia
Peter EdwardsManaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Wellington, New Zealand
Darrick EvensenUniversity of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Giuseppe FeolaUtrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Klara FischerSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
Ritwick GhoshNew York University, New York City, NY, USA
Anne G. Short GianottiBoston University, Boston, MA, USA
Troy HallOregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA
Emily HuffMichigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Md. Saidul IslamNanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dawn KotowiczThe University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI, USA
William D. LeachUniversity of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Chieh-Lu LiNational Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan
Kreg LindbergOregon State University, Bend, OR, USA
John Chung-En LiuOccidental College, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ben MarleyMichigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Piotr MatczakAdam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
Candace MaySouth Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA
Brian MayerUniversity of Arizona, Tuscan, AZ, USA
Lorenzo PellegriniErasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Georgia PiggotStockholm Environment Institute, Seattle, WA, USA
Archi RastogiUniversalia Management Group, Quebec, Canada
Sonya SachdevaUSDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Evanston, IL, USA
Matthew SandersonKansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
Rachel SchattmanUSDA Forest Service, Northeast Climate Hub, Burlington, VT, USA
Chelsea SchellyMichigan Technical University, Houghton, MI, USA
Renzo TaddeiUniversidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Thomas ThalerUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Rebecca (Becky) ThomasSlippery Rock University, PA, USA
Julie UrquhartUniversity of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Christopher WynveenBaylor University, Waco, TX, USA
Xiao XiaoArizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA