The social sciences — which I call the human sciences — are a rich array of scientific disciplines and fields of practice. In the context of yours and my work, they are also called by other names: the human dimensions, the conservation social sciences, or the environmental social sciences. Their shared element of common purpose is the use of concepts, theories, methods, and principles to empirically observe, measure, and explain social, cognitive, and behavioral phenomena that influence the relationship between humans and nature.
However, this perspectives and these fields may not be integrated or known to organizations and institutions with different histories and cultures of, and approaches to, conservation and natural resources management.
As an independent consultant, I am available to:
Identify and assess extant barriers to and facilitators of human sciences integration into organizational infrastructure, strategies, and workplans.
Suggest guidelines and best practices to improve social science capacity at various organizational scales.