International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM)  

June 19-22, 2017 in Umeå, Sweden


Umeå is the largest city in northern Sweden with 120,000 inhabitants, including 35,000 university students, making Umeå a pronounced higher education and cultural city. The city boasts a large university hospital, opera house, an international guitar museum, a women’s rights museum, and several large companies. Umeå is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Sweden and a very international city, with its inhabitants speaking approximately 52 languages altogether. Umeå was also the European Capital of Culture in 2014, and was the first Capital of Culture in Europe to spotlight indigenous people–the Saami, a natural part of the county of Västerbotten’s and Umeå’s history.

Situated in beautiful northern Sweden, Umeå is surrounded by magnificent countryside. The city lies close to the coast and by the Ume River waterway, along with several nature reserves.
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The theme of our conference is Contested Spaces: Bridging Protection and Development in a Globalizing World. It problematizes the relationship between protection and development that is central to society and resource management nexus. It also aims to place local development and protection debates in the context of globalization and urbanization, which will have a fundamental impact on society and resource management. 

Session proposals and abstracts are welcome across the range of ISSRM-related fields, including 1) The Role of Globalization and Urbanization in Local Development and Protection Debates 2) Living and Working in Several Places: The Development of New Rural-Urban Relations 3) Place Attachment, Environmental Attitudes and Values 4) Sustainable Use of Forest Land, Parks and Protected Areas: Crowding and Carrying Capacity 5) Conflict Management, Policy, Planning and Public Involvement 6) Tourism and Regional Development.

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Participation/Submission Guidelines

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.

Printed poster dimensions should not exceed 35 inches (88.9 cm) X 47 inches (119.38 cm).

September 15, 2016 – Call for organized session and panel proposals, and abstract submissions.
October 31, 2016 – Deadline for organized session and panel proposals.
December 1, 2016 – Deadline for abstract submissions.
January 31, 2017 – Notifications of abstract acceptance.
April 15, 2017 – Preliminary Program will be released.

Conference Registration

The conference takes place June 19 – June 22, 2017 at Umeå University, northern Sweden.

Conference Registration is now Open.

Please login using your existing IASNR / ISSRM account or create a new one to register.

All prices in USD:

Early Member (before March 31, 2017) – $300
Late Member (after March 31, 2017) – $400
Early Non-Member (before March 31, 2017) with online SNR – $420
Early Non-Member (before March 31, 2017) with online and hardcopy SNR – $485
Late Non-Member (after March 31, 2017) with online SNR – $520
Late Non-Member (after March 31, 2017) with online and hardcopy SNR – $585
Student Member – $200
Student Non-Member with online SNR – $250
Student Non-Member with online and hardcopy SNR – $315
Emeritus/Retired Member – $250
Emeritus/Retired Non-Member with online SNR – $310
Emeritus/Retired Non-Member with online and hardcopy SNR – $375

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

*Presenters must register by March 15, 2017 to be included in the program.

*The IASNR Office can process refunds back to the credit card used for payment up to 60 days past the payment date, minus the IASNR membership fee and $50 processing fee. Refunds cannot be processed after June 1, 2017.

About ISSRM

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.

Travel and Visitor Info

ISSRM 2017 is hosted by Umeå University (UMU) in Umeå, Västerbotten, northern Sweden.

About Local Area

By Air
Primary airport: Umeå Aiport (UME) serviced by SAS and Norwegian is 1 hour away from Stockholm Arlanda International Airport and only a 10 minute drive from the conference and the University. Airport bus to/from the local airport is available during peak travel times.

Driving
Approximate driving times from Stockholm is 7 hours and from Gothenburg is 11 hours.

By train
SJ is the national train company. Approximate travel time from Stockholm is 6 hours

Lodging
Several options are available from affordable hostels in the city, to local hotels, campgrounds, and vacation home rentals. Conference group rates are available at Hotel Björken (by the campus area), Comfort Hotel Winn, U&Me Hotel, Profil Hotel Aveny, and Clarion Collection Hotel Uman all of which are 0.5 – 1 mile from campus.

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Program

The conference takes place June 19-22, 2017 at the Umeå University.

Preliminary Program

Current Organized Sessions and Panel Sessions:
All Sessions will be 90 minutes in length.

  • A future without wilderness?
  • Bridging Risk and Resilience in the Repeat Disaster Landscape
  • “Can I walk here?” – Accessing national parks, inequality in action! Examples from the Nordic countries and around the World
  • Carnivores and local communities – resistance, adaptation, management and change
  • Community Vulnerability and Adaptation to Natural Resource-Related Shocks, Stressors, and Growth
  • Contemporary forest land conservation: crossing boundaries and crossing scales
  • Democracy and the public interest in private land: access, use, management, and tensions between private property and the public trust
  • Differentiating rural tourism geographies: from the urban fringe to the exotic remote and the boring bits in between
  • Diversity in forest values – different social groups’ perspectives and implications for forest planning
  • Energy, place and time: temporal dimensions of energy transitions (Panel Discussion)
  • Environmental Justice in the Era of Sustainability
  • Evaluating interventions to facilitate human – wildlife coexistence
  • Governance for ecosystem health and poverty alleviation: analytical approaches and lessons
  • Green Infrastructure Practices and Policies From Around The World
  • How to move from conflict assessment to responsive process design? Presentation and discussion of an organizing framework (the Unifying Negotiation Framework) in a “pracademic” perspective
  • Human Adaptation to Climate Change in Temperate Forests
  • Human dimensions of large carnivore conservation and management
  • Implications of a Multilevel, Social-Ecological Systems Approach for Understanding Values
  • Indigenous peoples and participatory forest management: lessons from the boreal forest – Part 1
  • Indigenous peoples and participatory forest management: lessons from the boreal forest – Part 2
  • Innovative and sustainable landscape planning
  • Integrating place and politics for natural resource management
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on China’s Air Pollution Crisis
  • Learning in Natural Resource and Environmental Management: Pursuing Individual and Societal Transformation
  • Lifestyle migration, amenity migration and natural resources
  • Marine Recreation
  • Mining in the North from a Resource Governance Perspective
  • Nordic Mountains: Experiences and Challenges for Sustainable and Policy Development
  • Perceptions of Forest-related Bioenergy in the Americas
  • Planning for Rural-Urban Dynamics: Living and Acting at Several Places (the PLURAL project) – PART 1
  • Planning for Rural-Urban Dynamics: Living and Acting at Several Places (the PLURAL project) – PART 2
  • Polycentric Governance, Multi-Level Co-Ordination and Prospects for Sustainability
  • Protected Areas and Indigenous Peoples: Conservation Challenges and Solutions
  • Scientific Publishing in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities [Meet the Editors]
  • The Challenges and Conflicts of Poaching
  • The contested nature of social-ecological relationships: towards bridging conceptualizations
  • The contribution of experiential qualities of places to green infrastructure planning
  • The new forest owner: living and working at several places
  • The politics of the bioeconomy – Discursive struggles, trade-offs and alternative pathways.
  • The role of citizens in environmental governance PART I
  • The role of citizens in environmental governance PART II
  • Tourism and Wilderness I: Still a Vital Yet Problematic Relationship?
  • Tourism and Wilderness II: Still a Vital Yet Problematic Relationship?
  • Understanding Outdoor Recreation Patterns and Practices using Public Participation GIS (PPGIS)
  • Urban Greening I
  • Urban Greening II
  • Urban Greening III
  • Using Incentive Programs to Enhance Private Land Stewardship
  • Wellbeing: Exploring the Concept Across Scales, Places, and Linkages
  • Wild-Harvested Meat as a Coupler of Human and Natural Systems
Keynote Speakers

Field Trips

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Several field trips will be offered during the conference. These field trips below have limited space and “First come, first served” will be applied. You’ll be able to chose one of the field trips.

  • City tour of Umeå, Petroglyphs, Umedalens Skulpturpark, and Umeå Art museum
  • City tour of Umeå by foot and Umeå Art museum
  • Elk safari by Älgens Hus
  • Excursion to Norrbyskär

In addition, several post-conference trips will be available. More information will be posted soon.

Student Interest

Student Paper Competition Prizes are awarded to the best undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD level papers that are presented at the ISSRM. More details and submission deadlines to come.

Student Forum– Offers professional development and networking for graduate students. $5.00 fee includes lunch.

Student Mixer- Informal networking opportunity with pizza, beer, and homemade soda. Free

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.

Student Scholarships– ISSRM organizers are currently fundraising in order to be able to provide reduced registration costs for students.

Green Meeting Goals

The planning team for ISSRM 2017 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.

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Reminder to professional members: please consider signing up as a panelist for the Student Forum
The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is recruiting panelists from both academic and professional positions to participate in this year's ISSRM Student Forum in Sweden on June 18th. The Student Forum »
Now accepting student Quiz Bowl teams for ISSRM 2017!
We are looking for teams to compete in the Student Quiz Bowl, to be held on Wednesday June 21 from 4-6pm at ISSRM 2017. Quiz Bowl is a fun event where student teams compete in a Jeopardy-style game »
Recruiting Panelists for Student Forum, ISSRM 2017
The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is recruiting panelists from both academic and professional positions to participate in this year's ISSRM Student Forum in Sweden on June 18th. The Student Forum »
Apr
26

Reminder to professional members: please consider signing up as a panelist for the Student Forum

The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is recruiting panelists from both academic and professional positions to participate in this year's ISSRM Student Forum in Sweden on June 18th. The Student Forum »
Apr
13

Now accepting student Quiz Bowl teams for ISSRM 2017!

We are looking for teams to compete in the Student Quiz Bowl, to be held on Wednesday June 21 from 4-6pm at ISSRM 2017. Quiz Bowl is a fun event where student teams compete in a Jeopardy-style game »
Apr
10

Recruiting Panelists for Student Forum, ISSRM 2017

The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is recruiting panelists from both academic and professional positions to participate in this year's ISSRM Student Forum in Sweden on June 18th. The Student Forum »