This week we should have been running the first Human Nature course, our one day Introduction to Social Science. Instead, we are all at home, where we should be. There will be updates in the next few weeks about the courses available during 2020, but today I'm reflecting on where we had planned to be - and I want to ask you all a question.
Something I was really excited about for this first course was bringing together a group of people as fascinated by social science as I am, and as keen to find out ways to apply it to have greater impacts for conservation. I know that lots of people working in nature conservation bring expertise rooted in natural sciences. But increasingly there is a need to apply social sciences and understand the human components of ecosystems.
This is a journey I have made. It is 20 years since I started my undergraduate degree in marine ecology. As the years of my undergraduate passed I realised that ecological skills alone were insufficient to respond to the biodiversity crisis. It was that realisation which led me to diversify my skills and base my career in the social sciences.
So, my question to you is, what drives your interest in social sciences for conservation? What methods do you want to use, issues to explore, or questions are you seeking to answer? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org and share your answers. It would be good to connect and hear your responses.
Don't forget that we'll be updating the course details in the coming weeks. In the mean time, I look forward to reading your answers about what drives your interest in social sciences for conservation.
Take care, stay home and hopefully see you soon