2016 ISSRM Best Student Paper Awards – Call for Papers

If you are a Ph.D., Master’s, or undergraduate student, you are invited to submit a paper for consideration of the “Best Student Paper Awards” to be presented at the 22nd International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) at the Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, USA on June 22-26, 2016. Click here for more information.


Society & Natural Resources call for nominations for the inaugural Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award

Society & Natural Resources is pleased to call for nominations for the inaugural Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award, for best general research article published in Volume 28 (2015) of the journal. Award recipient(s) will receive/ share a US $500 cash prize and be recognized at the 2016 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Houghton, Michigan; and elsewhere. Click here for more information.

2016 ISSRM Student Scholarships

Students- We are offering 60 reduced cost student registration subsidies available on a first-come, first served basis (we have 35 subsidies left). These became available on Friday, January 8th at 8:00 AM USA CST (2:00 pm or 14:00 GMT). If you are a graduate or undergraduate student and do not have support to attend ISSRM, and need to travel, you are eligible for a $100 subsidy at registration. Please enter coupon code “issrmsubsidy” at check out. This is for student members only.

Please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org) if you have any further questions.

Spring 2016 Council Election

The Spring 2016 Council Election is underway. Please check your email for a survey ballot link. If you are a member and have not received a survey link, please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org).

Your participation in IASNR activities is essential to the success of the organization. As an IASNR member, we encourage you to cast your vote to elect the new cohort of IASNR Council members. This year we will elect (5) IASNR Council Professional Members and two (2) IASNR Council Student Representatives. The candidate statements are included within the ballot. Voting will be via anonymous online ballot. Professional members can elect professional Council members and student members can elect both professional Council members and student representatives. Please complete your ballot by Monday, February 15, 2016.

Please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org) with any related questions or problems, as necessary.

Registration for the 2016 ISSRM is open!

Registration for the 2016 ISSRM is open! Go to the ISSRM 2016 webpage and log into your account (you must have a new account to log into our new website). Click on “Registration and Marketplace” to purchase your registration and conference related items. We created a more streamlined registration process with a “shopping cart” system which will allow you to be able to return at any point and add items such as field trips, shuttle ride from airport to hotels/campus, carbon offsetting, and student forum.

Professional members- Please consider making a voluntary contribution to the Founders Challenge. Recognizing that today’s students are the future of our organization and our professional disciplines, the founders of ISSRM and IASNR along with several of their former students have come together to pledge a minimum of $2,000 in support of student registration scholarships for the ISSRM conference at Michigan Tech in 2016. We are issuing a challenge to professional members of IASNR to join us in this effort – and ask that you consider adding a tax-deductible donation of $15, $25 or $50 (or some other amount if you prefer) to your registration to help in this effort to lower the cost for students to attend the symposium and become IASNR members. You can add a contribution to your registration costs by adding this to your cart.

Students- We are offering 50 reduced cost student registration subsidies available on a first-come, first served basis. These became available on Friday, January 8th at 8:00 AM USA CST (2:00 pm or 14:00 GMT). If you are a graduate or undergraduate student and do not have support to attend ISSRM, and need to travel, you are eligible for a $100 subsidy at registration. Please enter coupon code “issrmsubsidy” at check out. This is for student members only.

All- We are partnering with carbonfund.org to provide options for conference-goers to offset the carbon emitted during their travel. Please look for this carbon offset option during registration.

Please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org) if you have any questions.

Social Impact Assessment Books—New and Revised

Social Impact Assessment Books—New and Revised. Rabel Burdge has updated and revised his two books on Social Impact Assessment.

The SIA textbook: The Concepts, Process and Methods of Social Impact Assessment. Reprinted in 2016, bound, 305 pages, $US 24.95.

The SIA Manual: A Community Guide to Social Impact Assessment: 2015 4th Edition, 194 pages, spiral bound, $US 19.95.

Published by the Social Ecology Press, % International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR), PO Box 2446, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas 77341 USA.

For individual and bulk copies go to www.iasnr.org and click on Bookstore/Social Ecology Press.

Call for Proposals to Host ISSRM 2018 and Beyond – Due Date for Proposal: January 15th, 2016

The site selection committee seeks host institutions for the annual meeting of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) for 2018 and beyond. The annual meeting is called International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) and should be promoted as such.

The ISSRM conference cycle is typically held within North America for two consecutive years and at a non-North American location in the third year. This cycle is beginning again in 2018 (2015 in Charleston, SC, USA, 2016 in Houghton, MI, USA, 2017 in Umea, Sweden); however, the site selection committee will consider deviating from the cycle for particularly strong applications in non-North American locations.

The meeting should be held during the month of June. Although specific meeting dates are open, the conference should extend across three to four days to accommodate a full program of paper sessions, poster sessions, plenary speakers, business sessions, and social events. Typical schedules are Monday – Thursday or Tuesday – Friday, with the student forum (1 day event) occurring the day preceding the opening session. Pre- or post-meeting workshops or organized tours may also be included as means of encouraging attendance.

We require a conference facility with an auditorium for plenary sessions that will seat at least 400-500 persons, 12-14 break-out rooms, several small conference rooms or classrooms, and space for at least 50 posters/exhibits. The host institution is responsible for facilitating accommodations for 400-600 people. The accommodations should include at least one inexpensive option (particularly for students) such as on campus student housing. Cafeteria food service is acceptable; on-site beer and wine service is desirable.

The registration fee will be set by the host institution in consultation with the site selection committee representatives and the IASNR Executive Director’s office. Registration fees must be commensurate with other professional societies’ registration costs. Between 300 and 600 persons are expected to attend the symposium. The tradition of low student registration fees must be adhered to so that student participation in the conference will remain affordable. Active pursuit of grants and sponsorships to raise funds in support of the annual meeting is important.

The IASNR Business Office will be responsible for collecting all registration fees, student scholarship funds, and other donations. The host institution will be responsible for maintaining appropriate accounts for grants and contracts obtained at their institution in support of the annual meeting. The IASNR and host institution will share the costs and profits for a given annual meeting. The IASNR will, if necessary, underwrite financial losses of a conference, but organizers are expected to exercise due diligence with respect to budget planning to avoid this outcome. In addition, the host institution must clear any significant changes to original approved budget with the IASNR Business Office. Fifty percent of net profit will be returned to IASNR Business Office. All costs for the meeting should be budgeted and accommodated within the registration fees, grants, contracts, scholarships, and in-kind donations.

The host institution may seek funds to support on-site hospitality and excursions. Due to currency exchange issues, the capability of charging registration fees, accommodations, and other fees to Visa and MasterCard is a requirement.

Social Events:
The costs of the opening reception and at least one group meal (e.g., a picnic, barbeque, or banquet), as well as daily refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks, are normally included in the registration fee. Other social activities, meals, and excursions may be billed separately as appropriate.

The Proposal:
Each potential symposium host will prepare a proposal to be submitted to the IASNR site selection committee. The proposal should contain the following:

  • Title, authors and their affiliations
  • Description of the host organization site
    • Subtitles might include such items as “Environmental novelties of the region”, “Sustainable tourism projects”, “Local arts, products and foods”
  • Discussion of the proposed symposium theme
  • Description of housing options and costs
  • Travel arrangements available for participants and estimated costs from airport to contracted accommodations
  • Outline of the meeting space available
  • Description of host institutional support (financial, in-kind, and staff support allocations, for example)
  • Plan for recruitment of volunteers’ plan for the conference, if applicable
  • Proposed schedule, including possible field trips
  • Student events
    • Room rates for students
    • Student forum pre-session, quiz bowl competition, and student mixer are typical student events.
  • Proposed committee members
    • Executive committee
    • Planning committee
  • Proposed budget
    • Justification for fee structure

The proposal should include a Proposed Budget outlining both anticipated revenue and expenses. Suggested budget categories include:


  • Registration fees (by type and projected numbers of registrants)
  • Contributions from institutions and agencies and private funding sources


  • Conference services (food, beverages, and registration)
  • Printing
  • Program costs (swag, AV costs, poster boards, etc.)
  • Personnel (coordinator, secretarial, student hourly, etc.)
  • Supplies, telephone, postage, web site
  • Speaker honoraria and travel expenses
  • IASNR fee (see accounting section)

Mailings and Publications:
The host institution will assume responsibility for the following:

  1. Preparation, printing, and distribution of the call for program ideas and call for papers and posters.
  2. Preparation, printing, and distribution of the preliminary program and registration materials (to be available online in advance to potential registrants). Previous meeting mailing lists will be provided to host institutions for their use.
  3. Preparation and printing of the final program (distributed on site). Note: listing of participants in the final program is normally contingent upon the completion of registration; all symposium participants are expected to be registered for the meeting.
  4. Preparation and printing of the list of attendees (distributed on site).
  5. Publication of paper and poster abstracts (distributed on site).

Other Notes:

  1. The host institution, IASNR leadership and Council, and the program committee will be jointly responsible for raising funds for student scholarships and making decisions about allocation of registration fee waivers.
  2. A spousal registration rate will be provided.
  3. A one-day registration rate will be provided.
  4. A named site chairperson as well as a proposed local steering committee must accompany the proposal.

Who to Contact:

If you have questions about the Symposium, the preparation of the proposal, or wish to express interest in preparing a proposal, please contact any member of the ISSRM Site Selection Committee:

Gene Theodori, gtheodori@shsu.edu
Erin Seekamp, elseekam@ncsu.edu
Jeffrey Jacquet, jeffrey.jacquet@sdstate.edu
Kate Sherren, kate.sherren@dal.ca
Kristin Hurst, kfhurst@vt.edu

Completed Proposal:
Please submit your completed proposal as an email attachment to Gene Theodori (gtheodori@shsu.edu) by January 15th, 2016.

Wolfgang Haider, a beloved friend and colleague has passed away

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the untimely death of our friend and colleague Wolfgang Haider due to a cycling accident. Over the years Wolfgang has made various and very significant contributions to this organization not the least of which was to host a very successful ISSRM in Vancouver in 2006. He will be deeply missed by his many colleagues and friends. On behalf of IASNR, I want to express profound condolences to his family and his colleagues at Simon Fraser at this terrible loss.


Matt Carroll, Executive Director