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2025 IASNR Conference

Vancouver, Canada

June 8-12, 2025

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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.

2025 IASNR Conference Organizer

Mark Shakespear

PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

Acknowledgement of Country

We respectfully acknowledge that the University of British Columbia’s two primary campuses are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, as well as the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.

Conference Theme: Crisis, Change, and Opportunity in a World at Risk: Towards a Socially-Just and Sustainable World

The conference will explore the integration of environmental and social justice movements, focusing on addressing inequalities heightened by climate change and ecological degradation. Topics include racial, gender, and class disparities, as well as opportunities for collective empowerment amidst crisis situations. Recognizing the interconnectedness of ecological and social systems is essential for understanding and mitigating the impacts of climate change while fostering positive social change.

Venue: The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is renowned for its cutting-edge research and innovative programs in environmental science, addressing critical global challenges and promoting sustainable solutions.

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Lodging & Travel

All conference sessions, events, and lodging will be conveniently held on the UBC campus, with dormitory accommodations available, and the university is easily accessible from nearby international airports.

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Conference Field Trips

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

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Local Attractions

Vancouver and the surrounding area have a lot to offer in terms of tourism and attractions. This page includes some recommendations on things to do in the area.

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Submission, Registration, & Schedule Information

Organized Session Proposals

Organized session proposals are now being considered! Submissions are due November 1, 2024. Decisions will be sent by December 15, 2024.

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.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions are now being considered!  Submissions are due February 1, 2025. 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 March 15, 2025.

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.

Registration

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, 2025. 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, 2025 if the presenter is not registered. Registration prices will be available soon.

Conference Scholarships & Subsidies

Student scholarships are available to support student attendance and participation at the 2025 IASNR Conference. These awards will be given on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students in offsetting costs associated with attending the conference. The deadline for applying for these awards is March 10th. The award amount will vary depending on the number of applications and total funds collected for student subsidy awards. This is for student members only. The application will be available soon.

Professional member subsidies are available to support attendance and participation at the 2025 IASNR Conference. These awards will be given on a competitive basis and are meant to assist in offsetting costs associated with attending the conference. Preference will be given to professionals from developing countries and/or early career professionals. The deadline for applying for these awards is March 10th. The award amount will vary depending on the number of applications and total funds collected for subsidy awards. The application will be available soon.

Conference Outline

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

Announcements

Drs. Rebecca Witinok-Huber and Corrie Knapp are recruiting a MS student. This student will work on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Adaptation Science-funded

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