Fall 2017 “Keeping in Touch” Newsletter is Now Available!

It is finally here, what you have long been awaiting, the FALL Keeping in Touch Newsletter for IASNR! We have lots of exciting news and updates to share, with special attention given to the fast approaching 2018 ISSRM meeting in Snowbird, Utah.

(Click here to open “Keeping in Touch”)

As this is the last newsletter in my role as Secretary, I would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Jessica Burk for her help in taking over the compilation of this current newsletter as we transition to the new Secretary, Zhao Ma.

So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy reading all the latest news from IASNR!



Joan Brehm

2018 ISSRM Organized Session Proposal Submission Now Open!

Call for Organized Session Proposals: Proposals for Organized Panels, Paper Sessions, Book Review Sessions, and Workshops for ISSRM 2018 are now being considered!  This year’s symposium will be held the Snowbird Ski and Summer resort in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah. Information on the resort and the many on-site summer recreation activities can be accessed at www.snowbird.com. This location will also provide easy access to many major U.S. National Parks and National Monuments – ten National Parks are located within a day’s drive or less! Located just 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Snowbird is an easily-accessible, family-friendly, and stunningly beautiful conference venue!

Proposals pertaining to the interactions between social and ecological systems are welcome. The deadline for submission of proposals is December 1, 2017 at midnight (Mountain Standard Time). We do not anticipate an extension beyond that date, and strongly encourage you to submit your proposal well before the deadline!  Session proposals will be reviewed in the order they are received. To facilitate early registration and travel planning, we will make every effort to send out decision notifications regarding acceptance of organized session proposals by no later than December 15, 2017.

Organized Sessions represent an opportunity to bring together a group of scholars to present and discuss work focusing on a particular integrative theme or topic. These sessions can be structured in multiple ways:

  • A collection of 3-5 thematically-linked oral presentations (with or without a discussant)
  • A panel of experts on a given topic
  • A roundtable discussion
  • An author-meets-critics session
  • A workshop/training activity.
  • Or, you can propose your own idea!

Panels and paper sessions will last 75 to 90 minutes. Organizer(s) should recruit and receive commitments from participants in advance of proposal submission, and include details regarding who will participate and what they will be doing as part of the session proposal. Organized sessions will be highlighted and given priority in the program.

Please submit your organized session proposal electronically by going to the ISSRM 2018 webpage and click on “Add” next to “Session Proposals” on the right side of the page. Please note: a login account is required before a session proposal can be submitted; you must also be logged into your account to submit a session proposal.

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



~ 2018 ISSRM Organizing Committee and IASNR Office

2018 ISSRM at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah (USA) – Save the Dates!

The 24th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) will be held June 17-21, 2018. ISSRM is held every year in a different location around the globe; it serves as the annual meeting of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (www.iasnr.org). The symposium provides an exciting and highly interdisciplinary venue that convenes hundreds of scientists, resource management professionals, and civic leaders who are committed to addressing both local and global environmental challenges through rigorous social science research. This year’s symposium will be held at the Snowbird Ski and Summer resort in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah.  Information on the resort and the many on-site summer recreation activities can be accessed at www.snowbird.com. This location will also provide easy access to many major U.S. National Parks and National Monuments – ten National Parks are located within a day’s drive or less! Located just 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Snowbird is an easily-accessible, family-friendly, and stunningly beautiful conference venue!

Highlights of the 2018 ISSRM will include:

  • A keynote address by Jamie Redford, co-founder of The Redford Center, an organization addressing social and environmental issues through relatable stories, impact films, and campaigns that lead to positive change.
  • A screening of the film Happening, produced by The Redford Center, which focuses on the economic and social benefits of clean energy in the United States.
  • Additional keynote addresses by renowned tropical ecologist Nalini Nadkarni and environmental sociologist Tom Dietz.
  • Pre- and post-conference field trips to some of the central Wasatch mountains’ most spectacular summer outdoor recreation destinations.

A call for organized session proposals will be forthcoming within the next several weeks. The call for abstracts for individual paper and poster presentations will be issued in early November. Conference registration will open on December 1st.

For more information about the symposium or about IASNR, please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org). We hope you will plan to join us in Utah next June!

We look forward to hosting you at the 2018 ISSRM!


~ 2018 ISSRM Co-Organizers and IASNR Office

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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5175265277221514243

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.

Society & Natural Resources announces 2016 “Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award”

Society & Natural Resources Announces the Second Annual
“Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field
Outstanding Article Award”

The Editors and Editorial Board of Society & Natural Resources
are pleased to announce the winner of SNR’s second annual
“Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award”



Heather O’Leary. (2016). “Between stagnancy and affluence: reinterpreting water poverty and domestic flows in Delhi, India.” Society & Natural Resources 29 (6): 639-653.

Heather O’Leary’s article was selected through a competitive process by SNR’s Editors and Editorial Board, who judged it “Outstanding Article” of 2016 for its innovative and meaningful contribution to the study of society and natural resources, and its promise to be influential over time.

O’Leary, Lecturer in Environmental Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, received a $500 cash prize sponsored by Taylor & Francis, publisher of SNR. The author was formally recognized at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), June 19-22, 2017, in Umea, Sweden.


Two other research articles published in Society & Natural Resources Volume 29 (2016) were designated Award Finalists:

Tobias Haller, Greg Acciaioli & Stephan Rist. (2016). “Constitutionality: conditions for crafting local ownership of institution-building processes.” Society & Natural Resources 29 (1): 68-87.

Gutu Olana Wayessa & Anja Nygren. (2016). “Whose decisions, whose livelihoods? Resettlement and environmental justice in Ethiopia.” Society & Natural Resources 29 (4): 387-402.

SNR‘s “Outstanding Article Award” is named in honor of the journal’s founding co‑Editors, Rabel J. Burdge (Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Donald R. Field (Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison).

Please join SNR’s editorial team in congratulating Dr. Heather O’Leary for her exceptional contribution to Society & Natural Resources and its sponsoring scientific society, the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR).

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 (hovardas@ucy.ac.cy) and Linda Prokopy (lprokopy@purdue.edu).  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.


2017 ISSRM Quiz Bowl Winning Team

The IASNR Office would like to once again congratulate the winners of the 2017 ISSRM Quiz Bowl! Team members of BrutusBoilerup are Mysha Clarke (Purdue University), Keri Iles (Purdue University), Anne Junod (Ohio State University), and Joshua Fergen (Ohio State University).  Each received a $50 check from T&F.

Pictured from left to right: Keri Iles, Mysha Clarke, Joshua Fergen, Anne Junod, and IASNR Treasurer Gene Theodori.

Thank you to all those who participated and attended the Quiz Bowl.

It’s not to early to start thinking about creating a team for the 2018 ISSRM! Email Jessica for more information.

Post 2017 ISSRM Update

Hello IASNR members!!

I just wanted to send out a quick note to once again congratulate our 2017 ISSRM organizers—Carina H. Keskitalo, Linda Lundmark, and Camilla Sandström—and of course our very own Jessica Burk and Paulus Mau, for a job extremely well done. I know I certainly enjoyed the conference and we have been getting some very positive comments from attendees. All the paper sessions I attended were very well done, the plenary talks were great and the ending banquet was an experience for the ages!!

I was also particularly happy with the new member’s session both in terms of turnout and the quality of the folks who participated. We also had lots of positive comments on the Young Professionals event and the Student Forum was great as always. All three of these speak well for the future of our association!

It was so sad to leave Umea and say goodbye to such a beautiful setting and to colleagues after it was all over!!

I also want to point out that it is not too soon to start making plans to attend the 2018 ISSRM in Snowbird. The organizing committee is hard at work, and next year’s ISSRM promises to be a great one.

Let me close by wishing you all a great summer. On behalf of the outgoing and incoming leadership team, let me say we look forward to seeing you in Snowbird!!


Best regards,
Matthew S. Carroll, Executive Director

View Neil Adger’s Keynote Presentation from the 2017 ISSRM


Neil Adger

A social ecology of demographic change and natural resource dilemmas. Click here to view presentation.

The analysis of the environmental and social challenges of sustainability takes account of demographic dimensions by focusing on the aggregate number of people on the planet and their distribution. This keynote outlines new developments and perspectives of demographic analysis that include the social ecology of lifecourse, migration and mobility, and place and identity. I show that demographic dimensions are key to explaining, and perhaps resolving, the sustainability challenges of consumption, land use and settlement, through to resilience to hazards and slow onset global change.


Neil Adger is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. He has contributed diverse perspectives to the ecological economics, political ecology and resilience science of local and global environmental change over the past two decades. He has promoted social science in global scientific assessments such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in the social sciences.

2017 ISSRM Final Program Available Online!

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 ISSRM program is now online!  Please download and save it, particularly if you chose not to get a printed program. Click here to view the program addendum.

Instructions for Presenters

  1. Please check the program to confirm the time and location of your session.
  2. Please upload your presentation online in advance of the session via the 2017 ISSRM website by June 17th to help ensure your session goes smoothly. You must login to find the presentation upload page in the 2017 ISSRM drop down menu. Please make sure to also bring your presentation to your session on a USB drive.
  3. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and include 3-5 presenters. Please plan your presentation with regard to how many papers are in your session. Most presenters will have 10-15 minutes to present and 3-5 minutes for questions. Please stay on time. Note—panelists may follow a different strategy and you should refer to your session organizer for instruction.

Instructions for Poster Presenters (Updated): Please hand in your poster at the registration desk when you register, and our volunteers will set them up for you at Gammlia Museum. Posters have to be handed in at the latest by afternoon coffee break on Monday. Please remove your poster at the end of the Poster Session on Monday evening.

Registration: The registration desk will on the second floor of Universum House. Check in here for all ISSRM information and question. Registration will be open all day throughout the ISSRM. Click here for a map of UmU showing the various buildings where ISSRM activities and events are located.

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

We look forward to hosting you at the 2017 ISSRM!


~ 2017 ISSRM Co-Organizers, Camilla Sandström, E. Carina H. Keskitalo, and Linda Lundmark