International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM)  

June 22-26, 2016 in Houghton, Michigan, USA

Houghton is located on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan. This area is known for its extensive shorelines, pristine beaches, vast forests and complex geology. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound such as hiking, mountain biking, paddling and rock hounding. The area’s mining legacy has left profound footprints from the beautiful historic sandstone buildings to the self-reliant local mixture of cultures.  The conference theme is  Transitioning: Toward Sustainable Relationships in a Different World.  Read More >>>

Climate change, environmental degradation, and resource limitations as well as globalization and demographic transitions have created a present and future world very different from the industrialization and limitless economic growth of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Our world is facing serious ecological and social (socio-ecological) transitions. Agencies, governments, communities, and businesses are struggling to adapt to these new realities that are increasingly challenging hegemonic social relationships with the natural world. The theme “Transitioning” seeks to capture the urgency, excitement, fear, opportunities, and challenges associated with the myriad socio-ecological changes facing the international community.

Potential sub-themes include: (1) embracing socio-ecological change; (2) understanding/mitigating/adapting to climate change; (3) energy futures; (4) political-economic resistance and resilience; (5) community-led transition initiatives; (6) environmental security; (7) global governance; and (8) population and environment.

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Conference Program

ISSRM takes place June 22-26, 2016 on the campus of Michigan Technological University.  Find your way around campus using this Interactive Campus Map.

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Interactive versions of program segments are available below:

Program Overview
Final Program and Schedule
Search Presentation and Poster Abstracts 

Keynote Speakers

Conference Registration

The conference takes place June 22 – June 26, 2016 at Michigan Technological University.

Conference Registration is open! All prices in USD:

Early Member (before March 31, 2016)- $300
Late Member (after March 31, 2016)- $400
Early Non-Member (before March 31, 2016)- $400
Late Non-Member (after March 31, 2016)- $500
Student Member- $200
Student Non-Member- $235-$265 (depending on journal subscription)
Student Member with Subsidy- $100

Rates (in USD) include all regular conference programming, four meals, three receptions, and plentiful coffee and snack breaks. Field trips priced separately.

To register, please login to the right, and follow the instructions.

Travel and Visitor Info

ISSRM 2016 is hosted by Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Houghton, MI on Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

Use the award winning Keweenaw App to find your way around shopping, dining, and things to do in the area!

About Local Area Getting Around Town

By Air
Primary airport: Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) serviced by United Airlines is 10 minute drive from conference. Shuttle service to/from the local airport will be available for $5 each way during peak travel times. Please purchase this option in the Registration system if you will need a ride.

Airline Information

Approximate driving times from Green Bay 4 hours, Duluth 4 hours, Madison 6 hours,  Minneapolis 6 hours, Chicago 7.5 hours, Detroit 9.5 hours.

Indian Trails provides daily “red eye” service to MTU campus from across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, eastern Wisconsin, or Chicago.

Several options are available from newly constructed, high-end residence halls on campus (closest option) to local hotels and campgrounds or vacation home rentals. Suite-style dorm rooms are still available where groups of 4 (you must name your 3 roommates) share an apartment and each get their own room and share a bathroom with one of their roommates. Additional dorm rooms have been added. Group rates at Franklin Square Inn are SOLD OUT. Group rate rooms are SOLD OUT at Super 8  (about 0.4 mile from campus) , a few rooms are still available at the Travelodge/Quality Inn  (~1 mile from campus). The Travelodge will be renovated to a Quality Inn soon!

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Student Interest

Student Paper Competition Best Student Paper awards will be given at the undergraduate, MS and PhD levels with cash awards sponsored by Taylor and Francis. Papers must address issues pertaining to the social sciences of natural resources and they must be presented as an oral presentation at ISSRM 2016. Deadline for submitting a letter of intent is March 1. Completed paper must be submitted by April 1. Click here for more information.

Student Forum– June 22, 2016 from 10:30am-4:00pm. Offers professional development and networking for graduate students. $5.00 fee includes lunch.

Student Mixer- June 22, 2016 from 4:30-6:30pm. Informal networking opportunity over pizza, local beer and homemade soda. Open to all.

Student Quiz Bowl June 24, 2016 from 4:30-5:45pm. Fun, competitive team event where students test their IASNR and environmental social science knowledge in front of a boisterous audience. Bar and snacks provided.

Student Subsidy– All 80 Student Subsidies have now been filled.

Sponsors, Exhibits and Silent Auction

ISSRM 2016 is seeking sponsorship from individuals, academic units, businesses, and agencies to help reduce the cost of student attendance to this event. We offer name recognition and advertisement to approximately 500 participants in return. If you are interested in contributing, please email

Exhibit space is available for three full days for a in high-traffic area where coffee breaks will be served. Please contact for more information.

ISSRM 2016 would like to thank our current sponsors for helping to bring more students to our conference!

The ISSRM will once again feature a silent auction. We kindly ask that you consider donating an item. Proceeds reduce the cost of student attendance at ISSRM.  Last year’s silent auction raised nearly $1,300!  Let’s see if we can do even better this year! Please complete this survey to tell us about the item(s) you wish to donate. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

Green Meeting Goals

The planning team for ISSRM 2016 is working hard to create a more environmentally sustainable meeting! We are working to minimize waste, use local foods for meals provided during the conference, and find other ways to green our meeting.

In alignment with these goals, we encourage you to choose the “Add Green Program” in the Marketplace and forego a printed program to reduce waste if you are comfortable using only a digital version of the conference program.

You will also be able to purchase carbon offsets when you register for the conference to address the emissions related to your conference travel. The offsets will be purchased from, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your purchases will be tax deductible. Please look for and consider this option when you register.


Since its inception in 1986, the ISSRM conference has always had a broad focus that encompasses a wide variety of international resource management issues, environmental justice, collaborative stakeholder processes, and the social impacts of natural resource management. Our flagship journal is Society and Natural Resources. Our professional association is IASNR.

Abstract Submissions Now Closed

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.

Abstract submissions are now closed.

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