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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.

Keynote Speakers

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Christine Charles - D4G-design for growth

Christine has a background in geography and sociology. Her wide-ranging experience spans working with universities, the World Health Organisation, community organisations, global mining companies and state governments in range of executive leadership and Board roles. She has chaired task forces and initiatives in the areas of green energy and critical minerals with a particular focus on First Nations and Sustainable Development. Christine has a long involvement is supporting Australia’s pathway to reconciliation with the first Australians, co-chairing Reconciliation SA, and has served as chair and director of a number of Alice Springs based Indigenous owned businesses, as well as Deputy Chair of Aboriginal Enterprise in Mining, Energy and Exploration.  In recognition of a significant contribution to the mining sector and the university, Christine was awarded Fellow of the University of Queensland in December 2017, where she serves as adjunct Professor.

Gerry Turpin - Queensland Herbarium & Biodiversity Science

Gerry is a Mbabaram Traditional Custodian of north Queensland and has familial links to Wadjanbarra Yidinjii and Nadjon on the Atherton Tablelands, and Kuku Thaypan on Cape York Peninsula. Gerry leads the development of the Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre in the Australian Tropical Herbarium at James Cook University, Cairns.  Employed by the Queensland Government for over 30 years, he holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Botany from the University of Queensland, and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy (Medical and Molecular Sciences) with James Cook University. Gerry has served as an expert advisor on legislative change to incorporate legal protections for the use of First Nations peoples’ traditional knowledge in biodiscovery to improve the alignment with international standards such as the Nagoya Protocol. Gerry’s current work as a Senior Ethnobotanist involves engaging with Indigenous communities to foster relationships and to record traditional plant knowledge. Gerry also acts as a bridge between Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge and Western Science.

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 proposal submissions are now closed.

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!

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. Organized session proposal submissions are now closed.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions are now closed. Please contact [email protected] to inquire about late submissions. 


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. 

Early Bird Registration Rate (does not include the IASNR Membership Fee)

  • Professional Member: $564 USD
  • Professional Member (Global South): $439 USD
  • Student Member: $304 USD
  • Emeritus/Retired Member: $434 USD

Regular Registration Rate (does not include the IASNR Membership Fee)

  • Professional Member: $639 USD
  • Professional Member (Global South): $460 USD
  • Student Member: $354 USD
  • Emeritus/Retired Member: $499 USD

Virtual Attendee Registration Rate (IASNR membership fee is not required)

  • Virtual Presenters: $50 USD
  • Virtual Attendees: $25 USD

Conference Program

Click here to view the conference outline of keynotes, sessions, and events.


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