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2024 IASNR Conference

Cairns, Australia

June 23-27, 2024


The IASNR Conference (formerly known as ISSRM)​

The annual meeting of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) is the IASNR Conference (formerly known as the ISSRM). The IASNR conference emphasizes local to global resource management issues, environmental justice, collaborative stakeholder processes, and the social impacts of natural resource management. It is also a venue for presenting cutting-edge research and engaging in productive discussions focused on the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources.

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Our Mission

The International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) strives to be the premier international association of social scientists, policy makers, and practitioners studying and managing human relationships with the environment and natural resources. It is our mission to foster better scientific understandings of society-natural resource relationships; assist in the professional development of social scientists, policy makers, practitioners, and students from around the world studying these issues; and provide opportunities for them to meet and share their work with each other.

Commitment to Diversity & Ethics

The International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) is committed to fostering a welcoming and vibrant community with members of all races and ethnicities, genders, religions, political affiliations, nationalities, language groups, ages, experience, education levels, and abilities. IASNR has a Code of Ethics in place to ensure mutual respect and trust for all members. The organization condemns racism, and stands with the members of our community advocating for equality and justice. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

Conference Diversity Pledge

Our aim is to facilitate a safe and inclusive conference that welcomes all voices and encourages the free exchange of ideas and opinions. We invite participation from people of all races and ethnicities, genders, religions, political affiliations, nationalities, language groups, ages, experience, and abilities. Additionally, all conference attendees must agree and adhere to our Code of Ethics in order to attend the conference.

As organizers, we are working to provide a balanced and diverse program. You can help us build a better, more inclusive conference by forwarding our Call for Abstracts throughout your network, and by sending along your suggestions for presenters and participants that might help to diversify the conference.

2024 IASNR Conference Organizers

Stewart Lockie, Conference Organizer

Director, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University - Australia

Tom Measham, Conference Organizer

Research Director, CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies - Australia

Acknowledgement of Country

Our venue, Cairns, sits on the unceded territories of the Gimuy Yidinji, Yirrganydji and Djabugay peoples. We acknowledge their role as the first peoples, educators and innovators of this Country and the care with which they have managed the ecosystems and resources of the region over thousands of years. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all First Peoples attending the conference.

Conference Theme: Re-creating landscape and culture in a time of global change

Re-creating landscape and culture in a time of global change recognizes the interconnections between people and places across scales from local to global. At one level, the theme is about the resource extraction and economic activity affecting ecosystems as areas of profound natural beauty and traditional culture. At another level, the theme recognizes that landscapes are in a continuous state of change. The pace of change may vary considerably from place to place, with some locations experiencing rapid transition and others being re-created slowly through the ways they are represented variably as places of nature, recreation, culture, beauty and production and wilderness. The theme builds on previous IASNR Symposia themes and brings together a suite of interconnected sub-themes.

Location: Cairns, Australia

Cairns is a tropical city located within the northern part of Australia and within the tropics at 16.9 degrees south of the Equator. Cairns is also located between two World Heritage areas.

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Venue, Lodging, & Travel

Conference sessions and the majority of events will be at the Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns. The hotel is a five star accommodation located in downtown Cairns.

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Conference Field Trips

Pre and post conference tours are planned for the conference. Tours will be offered through experienced Cairns tourist operators who work with local guides and specialist transport providers.

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Local Attractions

Cairns and the surrounding area have a lot to offer in terms of tourism and attractions. Create your own adventure! There are over 600 day tours departing from Cairns.

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Submission, Registration, & Schedule Information

Organized Session Proposals

Organized session proposals are now being considered! Submissions are due November 1, 2023. Decisions will be sent by December 15, 2023.

Organized Sessions represent an opportunity to bring together a group of scholars to present and discuss work focusing on a particular integrative theme or topic. These sessions can be structured in multiple ways:

  • A collection of 3-5 thematically-linked oral presentations (with or without a discussant).
  • A panel of experts on a given topic.
  • A roundtable discussion.
    An author-meets-critics session.
  • A workshop/training activity.
  • Or, you can propose your own idea!

Panels and paper sessions will last 90 minutes. Organizer(s) should recruit and receive commitments from participants in advance of proposal submission, and include details regarding who will participate and what they will be doing as part of the session proposal. Organized sessions will be highlighted and given priority in the program.

NEW Hybrid Organized Session Option

This year IASNR will pilot test a small number of hybrid sessions – sessions that will simultaneously take place both in-person at the conference and online! We particularly invite proposals for organized sessions that would be in a hybrid format. If you can only attend the conference online and want to present, we strongly suggest organizing a hybrid session to increase your chances of being able to present online.

If you would like to be considered for a hybrid session, the session proposal should include:

  • At least one presenter who will be attending in-person in Cairns, Australia
  • At least one presenter who will be attending virtually online
  • Virtual presenters must be comfortable with presenting during the Australian time zone!
  • A moderator or coordinator who will be attending in-person in Cairns, Australia (this can be one of the presenters)

A hybrid organized session can be a great option for a research group or community that has some members who may not be able to attend the conference in person but would like to have a chance for collaboration and connection! When you submit your organized session details you will be asked if you would still be interested in holding this organized session if it can only be scheduled fully in-person. Please be prepared to answer this item as well.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions are now being considered!  Submissions are due February 1, 2024. We do not anticipate an extension beyond that date and strongly encourage you to submit your abstracts well before the deadline! Decisions will be sent by February 22, 2024.

We encourage submissions that are relevant to the symposium theme and those that focus on the interactions between social and ecological systems. Individuals will be limited to serving as lead presenter on only one oral paper presentation. This does not include co-authorship and individuals may present both an oral paper presentation and organize a session, present a poster, or serve on a panel.

Guidelines for Abstracts:
Abstracts should be in paragraph form, without bullet points. Additionally, the abstract body should include details regarding the background, purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Please also indicate the theory/analytical framework for the work and provide a description of the research methods used.


Conference participants and attendees must register to attend the conference. IASNR membership is required for conference participation. The deadline for early bird registration is March 31, 2024. This is also the deadline for all presenters (oral, poster, organizers, and panel) to register. Sessions, papers, and posters will be dropped from the symposium program after March 31, 2024 if the presenter is not registered. Registration prices will be available soon.

Information on student scholarships will be available soon. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about registration, student scholarships,  or the conference in general.

Conference Outline

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