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Reflections on ICCB

You may have spotted on social media that I was at the 31st International Congress for Conservation Biology in Rwanda last week.  It was a really good trip, good to do all the things we've learnt to appreciate about in person events recently.  (And of...

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Reflections on starting a business

Reflections on starting a business

Three and a half years ago I stepped away from employment in a large conservation organisation to launch my own business - Human Nature.  I’ve recently been asked a few questions about this shift from employee to independent.  It’s been an exhilarating few years. ...

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Coastal Futures 2023

Coastal Futures 2023

A few weeks ago Human Nature was one of the sponsors of Coastal Futures 2023.  This conference of 350 people in London and several hundred more online brought together coastal and marine managers, researchers and practitioners to consider the next decade for the...

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Questionnaire Tip 1: know your research question

Questionnaire Tip 1: know your research question

One topic I get a lot of questions about is questionnaires.  It is a commonly used method in conservation social science (although let’s not forget that other methods are available!).  Questionnaires are an important tool for people conducting conservation social...

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When we’re using the same words but mean different things

When we’re using the same words but mean different things

One of the well-known challenges to working across disciplines is the different terminologies and the unfamiliar terms.  Each discipline will have words and phrases which it relies on.  For example to describe the methods it uses or the analysis commonly conducted. ...

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Beyond questionnaires

Beyond questionnaires

Recently I talked about the gaps in ocean perceptions research.  One of these gaps is the lack of methodological diversity.  Essentially, there are many ways to gather data from people about what they think, feel, know or do in relation to...

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Public perceptions of the ocean: four research gaps

Public perceptions of the ocean: four research gaps

Our global review explored the research into public perceptions of the ocean.  The review found an increase in ocean perceptions research – what people think, feel and know about the ocean.  But there are big gaps.  These gaps include: the methods being...

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Conservation Social Science Course – November 2022

Conservation Social Science Course – November 2022

I’m delighted to share with you that the next Introduction to Conservation Social Science Course will be available to book from Thursday 29th September.  This course is designed to build your knowledge and confidence using conservation social science – allowing...

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