Complimentary Webinar on Wednesday November 1, 2017 entitled: “Using NVivo as a Qualitative Research Tool”

The Student Affairs Committee is excited to announce a complimentary webinar on Wednesday November 1, 2017 entitled: “Using NVivo as a Qualitative Research Tool”.

This NVivo webinar is hosted by Ann Rose, the Account Director at QSR International Inc. This one hour webinar will include:

  •       Coding source data by file type  including image, video, audio, word, pdf, survey, social media feeds.
  •       Analyzing data with powerful queries such as word search, word frequency, matrix coding, coding comparison.
  •       Creating visualizations to further explore data and communicate the results findings  using word clouds, word trees, mind maps, hierarchy charts, sociograms etc.

If you would like to incorporate NVivo into your coursework or take your research to the next level, this can be a great resource! For more information about Nvivo software, please click here.

Date: Wednesday November 1 2017
Time: 1:00pm EDT

Please register for “Using NVivo as a Research Tool “ on Nov 1, 2017 1:00 pm EDT at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please share this webinar with any students, colleagues and others who might be interested in learning more about this resource.

Open call for special issue proposals for Society and Natural Resources


Society and Natural Resources (SNR) is currently accepting proposals for special issues. 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.

We invite interested applicants to submit proposals by October 15, 2017 to the Editors-in-Chief: Tasos Hovardas ( and Linda Prokopy (  Guidelines for submission are below. Proposals should consist of a theme, a list of authors and titles of manuscripts, and tentative manuscript abstracts.

The following are guidelines for special issue content and review:

  1. SNR special issues must be devoted to a particular theme, and that theme should be of broad interest to SNR readers (and to IASNR members, the vast bulk of whom are social science researchers in universities, resource/environmental agencies, and private research organizations or NGOs).
  2. SNR is especially interested in special issues that (a) represent new avenues of theoretical development in resource/environmental social science, (b) open up new areas of inquiry within natural resource/environmental social science, (c) report new findings that challenge the conventional wisdom, or (d) provide a comprehensive theoretical view and empirical assessment of a major resource policy issue.
  3. In large part, articles submitted under a special issue rubric are considered by the SNR editorial group according to the same criteria as regular research articles. That is, reviewers and editors will generally be looking for papers that either represent significant theoretical advances in natural resource/environmental social science, or that utilize empirical data to evaluate important theoretical ideas and propositions. In some cases, special issue manuscripts may be rejected by the co-editors without proceeding to peer review if, in their judgment, the proposed papers do not appear to meet the criteria for special issues set forth above.
  4. A special issue will normally consist of an introductory chapter and six to ten additional papers. The introductory chapter, which is normally written by the person(s) who proposed the special issue, should provide an overarching theoretical and empirical context for the topic and an overview of the papers published in the special issue. SNR has a firm annual page limit, and therefore the page limit for special issues must be firm as well. It is possible that SNR’s firm page limit for a special issue might lead to rejection or to reassignment of a paper that would otherwise meet the criteria for acceptance as a SNR article (see below).
  5. All papers submitted for special issues will go through a review process, which will be similar to that utilized for regular research manuscripts. Guest editors for the special issue will serve as Associate Editors and will be responsible for finding reviewers for all submitted papers and making recommendations to the Editors-in-Chief about the suitability of manuscripts.
  6. It is almost always the case that one or more manuscripts submitted in connection with an SNR special issue proposal will not move successfully through the review process. Special issue proposers have an obligation to inform their authors that the entire special issue may not receive a favorable review, or that one or more papers will likely be omitted even if the special issue is accepted.
  7. There are several possible outcomes other than acceptance or rejection of a special issue. A set of special issue papers may be too small to fill the space of a full SNR issue, and subsets of two or three papers might therefore be published in one or more issues of SNR as “thematic sections.” Individual papers that proceed successfully through the review process may be published in SNR even if the proposed special issue within which they were submitted is not accepted for publication. Also, articles that are not included in a special issue because of length constraints may be published in another issue of SNR if the quality of the manuscript merits publication.
  8. The SNR Editors-in-Chief reserve the right to include reviews of books related to the special issue topic in a published special issue.
  9. There may be opportunities for re-publication of special issues as books by Taylor and Francis, the publisher of SNR. In most instances the publication of a book will permit additional papers to be included.


Call for Submissions

Spring 2018 Special Issue: The American West after the Timber Wars

Academics, students, and practitioners are encouraged to submit papers for a special issue of the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations focused on post-timber war dynamics in the American West. We welcome original research papers as well as commentaries, creative writing, and photo essays.

Authorship: All authors are encouraged to collaborate with others inside or outside academia. Interdisciplinary submissions are welcome.

SUBMISSIONS: Deadline Oct. 30, 2017

Manuscripts should be in 12-point font, double-spaced and generally not exceed 8500 words. Commentaries and creative writing should not exceed 3000 words.

See  for other manuscript submission details.

Click here for more information.

Yvonne Everett, Ph.D. Humboldt State University Dept. of Environmental Science and Management                              
Erin Kelly, Ph.D. Humboldt State University Dept. of Forestry and Wildland Resources

Managing Editors:
Jessica Smith, Department of Sociology, Humboldt State University
Marisa Formosa, Environment & Community, Humboldt State University

The Humboldt Journal of Social Relations (HJSR) is a peer reviewed free online journal housed in the Department of Sociology at Humboldt State University. This internationally recognized journal produces annual themed spring editions around current issues and topics. While the articles primarily draw authors from the social sciences, we have also facilitated interdisciplinary collaborations among authors from the arts, humanities, natural sciences & the social sciences. For more information about HJSR, see the journal web site:

Transition of Society and Natural Resources (SNR) Editorial Team

Greetings IASNR members,

I want to take this opportunity to formally thank the outgoing Society and Natural Resources (SNR) editorial team—co-editors David A. Sonnenfeld and Peter Leigh Taylor and assistant editor Stacia Ryder. The journal has made great strides under their able leadership and we owe them a great debt of thanks.

I wish to extend a hearty welcome to the new co-editors, Linda Prokopy and Tasos Hovardas, and the new assistant editor, Jessica Burk, as they begin their work with SNR. The new co-editors will assume lead responsibility for Volume 31 (2018) of the journal. The current editorial team will work with the incoming group through December 31, 2017 to ensure a smooth transition.

I also want to thank the search committee members Dan Williams and Neelam Poudyal for their hard work in identifying the new co-editors.

~ Matthew Carroll, Executive Director

Check out the SNR Special Issue on “Water Crises and Institutions”







2015 IMPACT FACTOR OF 1.758!*



Routledge and Society & Natural Resources proudly announce a new special issue entitled Water Crises and Institutions: Governance Challenges in an Era of Uncertainty.

Ensuring sufficient availability of water for human and environmental needs is one of today’s most pressing global challenges. Providing and governing water supplies in sufficient quantity and quality, and across diverse temporal and spatial contexts and scales, involves multiple, interrelated water crises. These crises likely will continue to deepen in complex and unpredictable ways, exacerbated by dramatic shifts in population, demand for water, droughts, severe weather events, and other changes associated with global climate change. This special issue of Society & Natural Resources brings together original studies exploring water crises around the world, with important implications for environmental governance in the context of uncertainty and change.

You can now enjoy FREE ACCESS to the entire special issue for a limited time. Simply follow this link to access this special issue today.

Society & Natural Resources, the official journal of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR), publishes a broad range of social science research and thinking on the interaction of social and bio-physical processes, policies and practices occurring around the world and at multiple scales. These involve attention to cultural, psychological, economic, and political perspectives relating to forests, oceans, fisheries, soils, and water and address a variety of topics such as people and protected area/biodiversity conservation, globalization and capitalism, environmental justice, place/community-based conservation, adaptive and collaborative management, environmental hazards and risks, and human-nature relationships.

Society & Natural Resources holds a 5-Year Impact Factor of 1.777 and is ranked in the categories of Environmental Studies, Planning and Development, and Sociology (Social Sciences).* CITE and SHARE these articles.

Access the 2016 free access article collection today.You can access additional open access content from Society & Natural Resources here.

Formalization as Development in Land and Natural Resources Policy, Volume 28, Issue 5


Society & Natural Resources
receives all manuscript submissions electronically via the journal’s ScholarOne website located at:

Follow this link to view the full Instructions for Authors.

The International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) fosters the interdisciplinary social scientific understanding of the relationships between humans and natural resources. The IASNR also furthers the application of social science information in natural resource decision-making, and provides a mechanism whereby social scientists, resource managers, practitioners, agency personnel, and decision makers can generate dialogue and useful exchange.

IASNR members receive a subscription to Society & Natural Resources as a benefit of membership. Contact to subscribe today.

Follow this link to learn more and join the IASNR today.


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Volume 30, 2017
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Print ISSN: 0894-1920
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2017 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 23rd International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) at the University of Umeå in Umeå, Sweden on June 19-22, 2017. Winners will receive an award!

Submission Procedures and Deadlines:
Send via email a copy of your abstract and a letter of intent to submit a full paper to Dr. Robert Emmet (“Bobby”) Jones at by March 15, 2017. When submitting the abstract and letter of intent, please include your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.  All abstract submissions must be accompanied by a letter or email from a faculty advisor or department chair addressed to Dr. Robert Emmet Jones, Professor of Sociology, The University of Tennessee, certifying your student status.

Click here for general requirements and submission information.

Contact Jessica Burk ( with any related questions or problems, as necessary.

2017 IASNR Council Election Ballot – Please Re-Vote to Break Tie for Council Member Seat

We are happy to report we had a very healthy turnout and successful balloting process for Executive Officers and Council member seats. However, we have a numeric tie for the third Council seat. Therefore, we are re-balloting for that position. Please vote for ONE CANDIDATE for Council.

Voting will be via anonymous online ballot. Please complete your re-vote ballot by 5:00 PM CST on Friday, March 10, 2017. Personal statements from each candidate can be found by clicking here. The survey ballot was emailed to 2016 and 2017 current members on 3/2/2017. If you did not receive the email ballot, please email Jessica Burk (

When these results are tallied all the winners will be notified.

Thank you for your patience and participation.

Contact Jessica Burk ( with any related questions or problems, as necessary.





~ IASNR Elections Committee

2017 IASNR Council Election Ballot – Please Vote by March 1st!

The 2017 IASNR Council Election is underway! 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 Executive Officers and IASNR Council members. This year, we will elect a new Executive Director, Treasurer, and Secretary, along with three (3) IASNR Council Professional Members and a new Student Representative-Elect. Student members will elect the Student Representative-Elect.  Voting will be via anonymous online ballot. Personal statements from each candidate can be found by clicking here. The survey ballot was emailed to 2016 and 2017 current members on 2/6/2017. If you did not receive the email ballot, please email Jessica Burk (

Environmental and Energy Policy Program at Michigan Technological University – MS and PhD Graduate Assistantships Available

The Social Sciences Department at Michigan Technological University is accepting applications for its MS and PhD programs in Environmental and Energy Policy (EEP). Teaching and research assistantships are available that provide two years of funding for MS students and a minimum of three years of funding for PhD students. The assistantships include a stipend and a tuition waiver. The application deadline is January 15, 2017 for admission in Fall 2017.

The EEP program focuses student course and research projects on environmental and energy issues at regional, national, and international scales. Students are trained in policy processes, environmental governance, and community engagement.

Current funded research projects include: the environmental and social legacies of mining, renewable energy development, forests, biomass and climate change, community engagement in the Superfund process, and participatory GIS mapping of contaminated sites.

The EEP MS program cooperates with VISTA and Office of Surface Mining (OSM/VISTA) to provide students with funding and internships in mining communities on revitalization projects. See the website for details:

Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary department that supports two graduate programs: EEP and Industrial Heritage and Archeology (IHA). The department provides a range of qualitative, quantitative, and field methodology courses available to students from both programs. Michigan Tech also has a Great Lakes Research Center that examines water, pollution, and ecological issues.

You can find information about our faculty, courses, degree requirements, and guidelines for preparing your application on our program webpage:  We encourage PhD applicants to identify a potential advisor or sponsor in their application. For additional information contact:

Professor Carol MacLennan
Graduate Director
Social Sciences Department

MS in Environmental Studies program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

MS in Environmental Studies program – UNCW

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the spring 2017 cohort in the MS in Environmental Studies program. The MS EVS is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing upon linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork, culminating in a semester-long internship with an environmentally-related organization. I believe that you’ll find our program to be challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among both students and faculty.

MS concentrations are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Conservation and Management, Marine and Coastal Education, and Environmental Education and Interpretation. An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty.

More information, and a link to application materials, can be found at: For more information about UNCW, feel free to peruse our web site:

The deadline for spring 2017 application is October 15, but priority consideration will be given to those applications received by September 15. For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact me.


Dr. James A. Rotenberg
Graduate Program Coordinator