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Tailored social science support for the conservation sector

You know that you want to build your skills to understand people in your conservation work.

We provide courses to build your knowledge and confidence, workshops to bring teams together for shared capacity development, and organisational support to embed the changes needed to integrate social science evidence into your projects.

 

If you aren’t sure what your next step is, please get in touch and we’ll discuss how to best support you to achieve your aims.  Email us at rebecca@humannature.co.uk.

 

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.

Sector-specific training

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, workshops and support 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.

You will be part of the Human Nature alumni and be invited to monthly drop in sessions with Rebecca to ask questions, get advice with challenges and celebrate your wins.

Training to suit you

Our online training provides you with recorded lessons to refer back to, in addition to live learning during the course.  We use a mixture of a mix of whole group learning and networking, and breakout groups for collaboration and discussion.

We also provide training for groups, whether that is in-house within an organisation or a gathering of people across a network or project.  Email us to discuss how we can help.

Our Services

Essentials of Conservation Social Science

Taking you from confused to confident.  This one-day, online course explains what social science is, how it’s done and why it’s vital for conservation.  You’ll build a foundation in social science and a springboard onto your next step to use this valuable evidence in your own work. Find out more.

Qualitative Methods for Conservation

If you’re new to social science, qualitative data – text based data such as that collected from interviews or focus groups – can be particularly unfamiliar.  This course provides you with the skills, practice and confidence to use qualitative methods in your work.  Available over five sessions online or in person over three days in London.  Find out more.

Catalyst Programme

Are you flying the flag for social science in your organisation, but not seeing progress at the rate you need?  This programme will support you to develop a social science blue print tailored to the needs and priorities of your organisation.  Join four other social science champions for eight months of training and support.  Find out more.

Group Training

We provide in-house training in conservation social science for your team, project or network.  Our one-day Essentials of Conservation Social Science course is available online or in person with availability this autumn/winter.  The Qualitative Methods for Conservation course will be available from early 2024.  Contact us to discuss your team’s capacity needs.

“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.”

Flossy Barraud
Manta Trust