for scientists, organisations and individuals
Tailored social science training for the environmental sectors
We need to understand and positively influence people’s relationships with the environment to achieve conservation aims.
To explore these relationships effectively we need specialist approaches. That’s where social science comes in.
Why do natural science researchers need social science?
Social science helps us understand how people influence and are influenced by their environment.
Social science approaches can also explore why people value nature and what can be done to engage audiences to benefit your cause.
Incorporate these approaches with your existing scientific research and practice methodologies and you will meet your conservation goals more effectively.
If you work in an NGO, policy organisation or academic institution we will equip you to understand and integrate the human dimensions of conservation.
We explore the disciplines and methodologies that are most useful in understanding, conducting and commissioning social science research within the environmental sectors, so you can start to apply your learning immediately.
Our training courses are created specifically with environmental professionals in mind, giving you a solid foundation to apply social science to benefit your work.
From theory to practice
Integrating new approaches into your work after a training course can be a daunting task. But taking the training material out of the course programme and into the workplace is essential to ensure your learning (and the time and money invested in the course!) is not wasted.
We face this challenge head on together. By the end of your course, you’ll have a personalised plan for applying social science in your specific work area.
We also offer a follow up 1:1 session with Rebecca a few weeks after your course to review progress and support you with any clarification you need.
Training to suit you
We will run training in person via one day courses at venues across the UK, when lockdown rules allow. Our courses have an experiential ethos, working in groups to understand and apply the material as well as absorb theoretical principles.
Our online training covers the same material over multiple shorter sessions, with a mix of whole group learning and networking, and breakout groups for collaboration and discussion. We will soon be announcing dates and times to run our Introduction to Social Science for Conservation course for international audiences.
In addition to the core courses we offer throughout the year we can provide in-house training for teams – whether that’s one of our established courses or something created specifically for your organisation’s needs. Email us to discuss how we can help.
Introduction to social sciences for conservation
A one-day course introducing you to social science disciplines, and how these are applied within the conservation, water and ecology sectors. We will also explore a range of social science research methods. More details.
Qualitative research methods for conservation and ecology
This two-day course introduces you to qualitative research methods, how they differ from quantitative approaches and when and how to use them to best effect in the conservation sector. Launching in 2021 – sign up below to receive details.
Questionnaire design and delivery
A two-day course on making the most of questionnaires. Questionnaire design is more complex than it may first appear! This course takes you through each step of conducting an effective questionnaire-based study, from design to implementation and analysis. Launching in 2021 – sign up below to receive details.
We provide bespoke, in-house training for your team on subjects such as use of specific social science methods, monitoring and evaluating impacts or integrating social science into your organisation and practice.
“I completed the Social Science for Conservation course in July 2020 and it has greatly benefitted my personal research and work projects since. Rebecca is a professional and engaging leader, and the small group made it an excellent learning environment. I learnt a lot from the other participants during breakout sessions, and from Rebecca who took time to answer our questions thoughtfully throughout. I have gained a much greater understanding of the importance of integrating social science research into conservation projects from the outset. Following the course, I saw the benefits of this first-hand through conducting questionnaires with a stakeholder group for a work project, gaining invaluable insight for the project. I also learnt a lot about social science research methods, which has helped me to refine my own research goals. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody working in, or interested in working in, conservation or environmental science. Conservation is all about people, and this course will empower you with the understanding and skills to involve people valuably from the outset.”