24th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM)
June 17-21, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah
The 2018 ISSRM will be held at Snowbird, a resort and mountain setting that provides world-class facilities, dining, accommodations and outdoor recreation opportunities. Snowbird is situated near the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range, just 24 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. Located only 29 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport, Snowbird is the most accessible major mountain resort and conference center in North America.
ISSRM is a venue for presenting cutting-edge research and engaging in productive discussions focused on the sustainable management of natural resources. In 2018, the Wasatch Mountains of Utah will serve as a gathering place for a rich exchange of scientific, professional, and local knowledge that will connect global environmental conditions and concerns with individuals’ and communities’ understanding of their local landscapes. We hope scholars and practitioners from many disciplinary and professional backgrounds as well as people from all walks of life will join as participants in a conference program that will contribute to our growing understanding of society’s interactions with natural resources and the environment.
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.
The conference theme of ‘Landscape Legacies and Global Trajectories’ reflects a conscious recognition that scientists and resource managers must learn from the past if they are to build a more sustainable future where natural resources and the societies that depend upon them coexist at multiple scales spanning the global to the local. Looking to the past to inform the future is essential when attempting to grapple with the complex social and natural resource problems that our society faces today. Humanity’s relationship with natural resources shapes landscapes, leaving enduring legacies of individuals’ and communities’ lived experience. Emerging technologies and proactive decision making hold the promise of allowing us to leave behind landscapes that are healthier, more diverse, and more connected than those we inherited. For this to happen, cutting-edge interdisciplinary science is needed.
The 2018 ISSRM will be held at Snowbird, a world-class resort and mountain setting that provides world-class facilities, dining, accommodations and outdoor recreation opportunities. Snowbird is situated near the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range, just 24 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. Located only 29 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport, Snowbird is the most accessible major mountain resort and conference center in North America.
Snowbird has childcare options, please click here for more information.
Airline Connections and Airport Transportation
Snowbird is located 24 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, and 29 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport. With over 700 domestic and international flights per day, the Salt Lake Airport (a Delta Airlines hub facility) provides easy access to conference participants arriving from virtually any point of origin. All major rental car firms provide on-airport vehicle pick-up and return locations.
For those who would not plan to drive to the resort via personal or rented vehicle, commercial shuttle services allow for convenient transportation access from the airport to Snowbird. One-way tickets booked through Snowbird are $40/adult and $25/child under age 12; round-trip tickets are $76/adult and $50/child under age 12. Shuttle reservations may be arranged at the time when lodging is booked (or at a later date) through Snowbird Central Reservations (800-453-3000). Departures from the airport leave hourly, from 8:00 am to midnight. Return trips leave Snowbird on the hour from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm, based on reservations. Return trips should be reconfirmed with Snowbird Central Reservations the day prior to departure.
Driving Directions to Snowbird (for map go to www.snowbird.com/maps/)
To Snowbird from Salt Lake City International Airport and Locations to the West of Salt Lake City: Take I-80 eastbound to I-215 south. Take Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South, toward the mountains. This road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon (six miles) to Snowbird.
To Snowbird from Locations to the East of Salt Lake City: Head westbound on I-80 toward Salt Lake City. Take Exit 130 to I-215 south. Get off at Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South, toward the mountains. This road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon (6 miles) to Snowbird.
To Snowbird from Locations to the South of Salt Lake City: Take I-15 northbound to Exit 295 (9000 South). Turn right onto 9000 South. This street becomes 9400 South, which takes you to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Go right on UT-210; six miles to Snowbird.
To Snowbird from Locations to the North of Salt Lake City: Take I-15 southbound to Exit 295 (9000 South). Turn right onto 9000 South. This street becomes 9400 South, which takes you to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Go right on UT-210; six miles to Snowbird.
To Snowbird from Downtown Salt Lake City: Go west on 500 South to I-15 and head south. Exit at I-215 heading east. Get off at Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South, toward the mountains. This road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird.
Snowbird has childcare options, please click here for more information.
Abstracts will be due February 15. Abstracts can be submitted for presentations that are part of an already-approved organized session, for presentation in an independent paper session, or for presentation during the poster session. If you have not been invited to present in an organized session that was previously approved for inclusion in the program, please submit your abstract as an independent oral presentation or poster presentation. If you have been invited to present as part of an organized session, please be sure to select the corresponding organized session when submitting your abstract.
The abstract title must not exceed 200 characters including spaces, and should highlight the primary content of the abstract. The abstract itself should not exceed 2,000 characters including spaces. Abstracts should be in paragraph form without bullet points. Additionally, the abstract should include details regarding the background, purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Please also include a description of the theory/analytical framework used as well as a description of the methods employed (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, etc.). Please do not include a reference list following your abstract. Please email Jessica Hill (email@example.com) if you have any questions regarding abstract submission.
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.
Paper Topics Include The Following:
Coastal and Marine Resource Management
Conservation and Biodiversity
Environmental and Resource Economics
Environmental Attitudes and Values
Environmental Conflict and Controversy
Environmental Hazards and Risks
Forest Resource Management
Freshwater Resource Management
Global Environmental Change
Human Dimensions of Mountain Ecosystem Management
Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resources
Non-renewable Energy Development
Other, please describe:
Outdoor Recreation Behavior
Place Attachment and Meaning
Population and Demographics
Public Involvement in Resource Management
Public Lands Issues/Public Land Management
Renewable Energy Development
Resource Development Activities
Sustainable Development (Community or Regional)
Wildfire Mitigation and Response
ISSRM 2018 will take place June 17 – June 21, 2018.
Early-bird* Professional Member: $470
Regular Professional Member: $545
Early-bird* Student Member: $195
Regular Student Member: $245
Accompanying Persons**: $195
* Early-bird deadline is March 31, 2018
** Accompanying persons registration covers access to all concurrent and plenary sessions as well as the opening reception, poster session and reception, quiz bowl, banquet, and closing night campfire.
The 2018 ISSRM will be hosted by Utah State University. For many years Utah State has been deeply engaged in both high-quality research and undergraduate and graduate education involving the application of social science to a broad array of natural resource and environmental issues. The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was among the first in the United States to offer a graduate-level emphasis in Environmental/Natural Resource Sociology and has maintained a strong national reputation for excellence in that area for over 50 years. The Department of Environment and Society, housed in the S. J. and Jesse E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, also has a long tradition of excellence in bringing social science to bear on a host of natural resource management concerns.
Several spectacular field trips, organized by the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University , will be offered in the days before ISSRM 2018. These include:
- Floating the Weeb
- Folk Art and Pioneer History in the Salt Lake Valley
- Mountain Bike and Brew
- Geology and History at Timponogos Cave
- A Big Day of Birding
Student Paper Competition– Prizes will be awarded to the best undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD level papers that are presented at the ISSRM. More details and submission deadlines coming soon.
Student Forum– Offers professional development and networking for graduate students. More details and submission deadlines coming soon.
Student Mixer- Informal networking opportunity with pizza, beer, and soft drinks. Free. More details and submission deadlines coming soon.
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. More details and submission deadlines coming soon.
Mentoring Program– Informal lunch where students and early career professionals can meet in small groups with professionals in varying fields for advice and networking. More details and submission deadlines coming soon.
Student Scholarships– ISSRM organizers are currently fundraising in order to be able to provide reduced registration costs for students.
The planning team for ISSRM 2018 is working hard to create a more environmentally sustainable meeting! We are working to minimize waste, use locally-produced foods and other products during the conference, promote recycling, and find other ways to green our meeting.
As a National Ski Area Association Climate Challenge resort, Snowbird is working alongside other ski resorts in the county to collectively address the long-term challenges presented by climate change and continue a commitment to stewardship. The resort aims to raise awareness of the potential impacts of climate change on its weather-dependent business and the winter recreation experience; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and encourage others to take action as well. Specifically, Snowbird’s Environmental Program goals are to make meaningful and measurable improvements to the following areas: carbon emissions reductions, waste reductions, air quality improvements, and water quality improvements. To accomplish these goals, Snowbird focuses on the following areas: education, advocacy and partnerships. Full detail on Snowbird’s “Green Commitment” can be found at https://www.snowbird.com/environment.