Graduate Assistantship Opportunity at Idaho State University

Graduate Assistantship Opportunity at Idaho State University

The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology at Idaho State University is seeking two graduate students (at the MA level) to start in the Fall of 2018 to join an interdisciplinary group conducting research on the socio-economic impacts of new irrigation restrictions and aquifer decline on agricultural producers in southeastern Idaho. Potential interdisciplinary graduate student projects could focus on 1) individual and organizational adaptive capacity and decision-making in response to reductions in agricultural water availability; 2) the impacts of reduced water availability on farmers and rural communities, or 3) social and environmental justice issues associated with changing groundwater governance and management. Students will be able to develop their own research projects within these or related themes.

Interested students should send a letter of interest that includes a current CV and a brief description of their research interests and relevant experience to Morey Burnham at and Katrina Running at Funding for two years is available on a competitive basis from departmental teaching assistantships that include a stipend for living expenses and a tuition waiver.


Additional information:

Information about Burnham and Running’s research and the Water Cuts project:

Information about Idaho State University:


Pocatello, Idaho is located in the mountains of southeastern Idaho, within a two hour drive of two national parks, and benefits from easy access to world-class mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

Society & Natural Resources, Volume 31, Issue 3, March 2018 is now available online
Society & Natural Resources, Volume 31, Issue 3, March 2018 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:


Disruption of Routine Behaviors Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Vanessa Parks, Leah Drakeford, Michael R. Cope & Tim Slack
Pages: 277-290 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1377794

Exploring “Deep Roots”: Politics of Place and Groundwater Management Practices in the Pajaro Valley, California
Kirsten Rudestam, Abigail Brown & Ruth Langridge
Pages: 291-305 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1413693

Community Cohesion: Social and Economic Ties in the Personal Networks of Fisherfolk
Fiona Nunan, Dražen Cepić, Bwambale Mbilingi, Konstantine Odongkara, Ernest Yongo, Monica Owili, Mwanahamis Salehe, Elizabeth Mlahagwa & Paul Onyango
Pages: 306-319 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1383547

Kāhuli: Uncovering Indigenous Ecological Knowledge to Conserve Endangered Hawaiian Land Snails
Aimee You Sato, Melissa Renae Price & Mehana Blaich Vaughan
Pages: 320-334 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1413695

Indigenous Land Management in Peri-Urban Landscapes: An Australian Example
Rachele S. Wilson, Tristan Pearce, Kerry Jones, Sean Fleischfresser, Bridgette Davis, Genevieve Jones & Scott Lieske
Pages: 335-350 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1383543

Challenges in Managing Land-Related Conflicts in East Hararghe Zone of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia
Nigusie Angessa Bedasa & Jeylan Wolyie Hussein
Pages: 351-366 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1400626

“Helping” or “Appropriating”? Gender Relations in Shea Nut Production in Northern Ghana
Rebecca Kent
Pages: 367-381 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1382626

Developing Governance Principles for Public Natural Resources
Darragh Hare, Ann B. Forstchen, Christian A. Smith & Daniel J. Decker
Pages: 382-388 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1400627


Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests, by Erik Loomis
Erik Kojola & David Pellow
Pages: 389-391 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1400628

Society & Natural Resources, Volume 31, Issue 2, February 2018 is now available online
Society & Natural Resources, Volume 31, Issue 2, February 2018 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:


Linking Individual and Collective Agency for Enhancing Community Resilience in Northern Ghana |
Kei Otsuki, Godfred Jasaw & Victor Lolig
Pages: 151-165 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1347971

Strategies of Successful Anti-Dam Movements: Evidence from Myanmar and Thailand
Julian Kirchherr
Pages: 166-182 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1364455

Place and Large Landscape Conservation along the Susquehanna River
Brandn Green & Kristal Jones
Pages: 183-199 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1364817

Life in the Goldilocks Zone: Perceptions of Place Disruption on the Periphery of the Bakken Shale
Anne N. Junod, Jeffrey B. Jacquet, Felix Fernando & Lynette Flage
Pages: 200-217 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1376138

Landowner and Practitioner Perspectives on Private Land Conservation Programs
Michelle L. Lute, Caitlyn R. Gillespie, Dustin R. Martin & Joseph J. Fontaine
Pages: 218-231 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1376139

Navigating the Complex Trade-Offs of Pesticide Use on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Megan O’Connor Robinson, Theresa Selfa & Paul Hirsch
Pages: 232-245 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1382625

The Matter of Matter: Making Property in the Holland Marsh
Michael Classens
Pages: 246-259 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1364453

Human–Wildlife Conflicts and their Associated Livelihood Impacts in and Around Chebera-Churchura National Park, Ethiopia
Alemayehu Acha, Mathewos Temesgen & Hans Bauer
Pages: 260-275 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1347974


Society & Natural Resources, Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2018 is now available online
Society & Natural Resources, Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2018 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:


Introduction from the New Editors-in-Chief (2017–2020)
Tasos Hovardas & Linda Stalker Prokopy
Pages: 1-3 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1389677


Public Engagement in Social-Ecological Systems Management: An Application of Social Justice Theory
Frederick I. Lauer, Alexander L. Metcalf, Elizabeth C. Metcalf & Jakki J. Mohr
Pages: 4-20 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1364456

Exploring the Functions of Different Forms of Trust in Collaborative Natural Resource Management
Kimberly Coleman & Marc J. Stern
Pages: 21-38 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1364452

Facilitating Co-Production of Transdisciplinary Knowledge for Sustainability: Working with Canadian Biosphere Reserve Practitioners
Maureen G. Reed & Paivi Abernethy
Pages: 39-56 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1383545

Differential Effects of Cognitive and Structural Social Capital on Empowerment in Two Community Ecotourism Projects in Ghana
Ana-Elia Ramón-Hidalgo, Robert A. Kozak, H. W. Harshaw & David B. Tindall
Pages: 57-73 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1364454

From Shiny Shoes to Muddy Reality: Understanding How Meso-State Actors Negotiate the Implementation Gap in Participatory Forest Management |
Anne Kairu, Caroline Upton, Mark Huxham, Kiplagat Kotut, Robert Mbeche & James Kairo
Pages: 74-88 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1382628

Water Materialities and Citizen Engagement: Testing the Implications of Water Access and Quality for Community Engagement in Ghana and South Africa
Leila M. Harris, Danika Kleiber, Lucy Rodina, Sule Yaylaci, Jacqueline Goldin & Germaine Owen
Pages: 89-105 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1364818

Practicing Sociogeomorphology: Relationships and Dialog in River Research and Management
Simon A. Mould, Kirstie Fryirs & Richie Howitt
Pages: 106-120 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1382627

Reconciling Multiple Societal Objectives in Cross-Scale Marine Governance: Solomon Islands’ Engagement in the Coral Triangle Initiative
Louisa S. Evans, Philippa J. Cohen, Agnetha Vave-Karamui, Rosalie Masu, Delvene Boso & Senoveva Mauli
Pages: 121-135 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1383544

Mapping the Stakeholders: Using Social Network Analysis to Increase the Legitimacy and Transparency of Participatory Scenario Planning
M. Krupa, M. Cenek, J. Powell & E. J. Trammell
Pages: 136-141 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1376140


Analyzing Partially Correlated Longitudinal Data in Community Survey Research
Hua Qin, Elizabeth Prentice & Kathlee Freeman
Pages: 142-149 | DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1264650

2018 ISSRM Student Registration Subsidy Award

2018 ISSRM Student Registration Subsidy Award

The International Association for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR) is pleased to announce that registration subsidy awards are available to support student attendance and participation at the 2018 ISSRM at Snowbird in Utah. These awards will be given on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students in offsetting costs associated with attending the 2018 ISSRM.

If awarded, each student will receive a minimum $100 discount on registration. Award amount may increase depending on the number of applications and total funds collected for student subsidy awards.

Eligibility and Application Requirements
To be eligible for the award, each student must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit an abstract to the 2018 ISSRM by the deadline (February 15), and be listed as both the presenter and an author.
  • Be a member of IASNR at the time of receiving the award.

To apply, each student must submit:

  • A completed Student Registration Subsidy Award application (click here to view application)
  • A letter of support or recommendation from a faculty member or department chair.

Completed applications should be submitted via e-mail to Jessica Hill ( by March 15, 2018.

The Award Committee will make selections and announce decisions by March 22, 2018.

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 24rd International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) at the Snowbird Resort near Salt Lake City, Utah on June 17-21, 2018.

The following awards will be provided for the best papers by Taylor & Francis Group LLC.

  • Best paper submitted by a Doctoral student: check for $300
  • Best paper submitted by a Master’s student: check for $200
  • Best paper submitted by an undergraduate: check for $100
  • And a $125 book voucher to each award recipient

(Please review the “Student Paper: Guidelines” for requirements, submission information, and further details).

Conservation Social Scientist at The Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC)

CLLC is seeking an energetic and entrepreneurial individual to integrate quantitative social science approaches into our existing conservation programs and to develop new projects. This position is fully funded for the first year and partially funded for the second and third years, with the possibility of further extension, dependent on funding. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to fundraising for this position, with support from CLLC staff, and will report to the Executive Director and Deputy Director. Click here for more information.

Call for Nominations: 2017 Outstanding Article Award – Society & Natural Resources

Society & Natural Resources is pleased to call for nominations for the Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award, for best general research article published in Volume 30 (2017) of the journal. The award recipient will receive a US $500 cash prize,* sponsored by the journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, and will be recognized at the 2018 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in Snowbird, Utah; and through the journal and related websites.

Criteria: The award will be presented to the author(s) of a general research article published in Volume

30 (2017) of Society & Natural Resources that, in the judgement of the selection committee, makes an outstanding contribution to the advancement of scholarship on society and natural resources. Selection criteria include:

  • Innovative and interesting topic
  • Meaningful contribution to the study of society and natural resources
  • Engagement with prior scholarship
  • Quality of conceptual development
  • Solid, well-articulated methodology and effective use of evidence, as applicable
  • Coherent and persuasive argument
  • Clarity and general excellence in writing

An article that promises to be influential over time will be preferred.

Nominations:  The selection committee will consider all general research articles published in Volume 30 (2017) of the journal. Independent nominations from the same pool of eligible articles are welcome and encouraged.** To nominate an article, please send a letter to including the article’s full citation, a brief discussion of why the article is an outstanding contribution to scholarship on society and natural resources, and why you expect it to be influential over time.

Deadline: Letters of nomination must be received by February 15, 2018.

For further information about this award, please contact:



* If more than one author, the cash award will be divided equally among the authors.
** Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current editors of the journal are ineligible to receive this award.

Water Crises and Governance: Reinventing Collaborative Institutions in an Era of Uncertainty

Peter Leigh Taylor and David A. Sonnenfeld are pleased to report that their new edited book, Water Crises and Governance: Reinventing Collaborative Institutions in an Era of Uncertainty, was published last week by Routledge Press. The book is being published in hardcover; hopefully soon to be available in paperback as well.


Water Crises and Governance critically examines the relationship between water crises and governance in the face of challenges to provide water for growing human demand and environmental needs. Water crises threaten the assumptions and accepted management practices of water users, managers and policymakers. In developed and developing world contexts from North America and Australasia, to Latin America, Africa and China, existing institutions and governance arrangements have unintentionally provoked water crises while shaping diverse, often innovative responses to management dilemmas. This volume brings together original field-based studies by social scientists investigating water crises and their implications for governance.

This volume was originally published as a special issue of Society & Natural Resources.

The Human Dimensions Lab in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana seeks motivated applicants for two Research Assistantship positions. Please see full project and position descriptions below, along with application instructions. Application reviews will begin Dec. 15, 2017 and until a successful candidate is identified. Please apply now. Click here for more information.