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New Society & Natural Resources Book Series

Society & Natural Resources Book Series includes books that examine the complexity of interrelationships among human societies, biophysical and built environments and natural resources. We are especially interested in works that engage emergent issues and inform transformations between society and natural resources toward greater social and environmental justice, health and sustainability/resilience. The series does not privilege any particular research method, theory or discipline; it seeks submissions that build from any (or combinations) of the environmental/natural resource social sciences. Works that contribute to our understandings and actions on how global processes intersect with localities, in the South, North or through comparative case studies are encouraged. We are particularly interested in publishing new books on the following topics:

  • climate justice
  • environmental policy and governance
  • natural resource utilization, management and decision-making
  • social and cultural change as it relates to environmental change
  • sustainability/resilience transitions
  • social-ecological systems dynamics
  • practice-informed resource management
  • institutional innovations
  • political economy/ecology perspectives on natural resource change and conflict

For further information or to inquire about submission of a book proposal, please contact:

Rachael Levay, Acquisitions Editor
University Press of Colorado & Utah State University Press
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: direct (720) 406-8849, ext. 807
Toll-free (855) 777-6113, ext. 807

Society & Natural Resources Book Series Editorial Board

Courtney Flint (Chair)

Utah State University (USA)

Marianne Penker

BOKU (Austria)

Mallika Bose

Penn State University (USA)

Anna Haines

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (USA)

Ken Caine

University of Alberta (Canada)

Kenny Wallen

University of Idaho (USA)

Jeffrey Jacquet

The Ohio State University (USA)

Gladman Thondhlana

Rhodes University (South Africa)

Tanja Straka

FU Berlin (Germany)

Past Editorial Board Members

Rick Krannich

Retired from Utah State University (USA)

Naomi Krogman

Simon Fraser University (Canada)

Jill Belsky

University of Montana (USA)

Tom Measham

CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies (Canada)

David Matarrita Cascante

Texas A&M University (USA)

We want to thank the past Society & Natural Resources Book Editorial Board Members.

Advantages of Publishing with SNR Press 

  • Recognized for publications that are focused at the forefront of the human experience-natural environment nexus.
  • Willingness to work with authors to publish for both large and smaller target markets of readers.
  • Experienced in producing publications for both the classroom and academic reader and the natural resource professional community.

Our Books

IASNR has entered into agreements with the University Press of Colorado for distribution of Society & Natural Resources Book Series publications (formerly known as Social Ecology Press)! UPC will handle the marketing and distribution of our books which will give us access to a vibrant and global publishing marketplace. We will be working with them over time to give some of our books a new look and also to archive older versions for open access.

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New Publications

Opening Windows: Embracing New Perspectives and Practices in Natural Resource Social Sciences

Edited by Kate Sherren, Gladman Thondhlana, and Douglas Jackson-Smith

This reflexive book is organized around four key themes: diversity and justice, governance and power, engagement and elicitation, and relationships and place. This is not a complacent volume—chapters point to gaps in conventional scholarship and to how much work remains to be done. Power is a central focus, including the role of cultural and economic power in “participatory” approaches to natural resource management and the biases encoded into the very concepts that guide scholarly and practical work. The chapters include robust literature syntheses, conceptual models, and case studies that provide examples of best practices and recommend research directions to improve and transform natural resource social sciences. An unmistakable spirit of hope is exemplified by findings suggesting positive roles for research in the progress ahead.

The Community in Rural America, Second Edition

New foreword by Gene L. Theodori and Mark A. Brennan

The Community in Rural America, by Kenneth P. Wilkinson, is a foundational theoretical work that both defines the interactional approach to the study of the community in rural areas and frames its application to encourage and promote rural community development. Recognized for its detailed theoretical construction and logic for understanding human interactions, this book has been widely adopted and used by researchers, extension faculty, and community development practitioners for over thirty years. Presenting Wilkinson’s groundbreaking work in its original form, with a new foreword aimed at clarifying several key concepts in interactional theory, this edition of The Community in Rural America will appeal to new students of the community as well as established scholars in the field.

Society and Natural ResourcesImpacts

A Summary of Knowledge

Edited by Michael J. Manfredo, Jerry J. Vaske, Brett L. Bruyere, Donald R. Field & Perry J. Brown

This book is a reprint of the original edited volume first published in 2004. In thirty-one chapters, the edited volume documents the exciting period of the emerging interdisciplinary field of society and natural resource scholarship from 1986 to 2004.

Download a pdf version of the book for free: University Press of Colorado – Society and Natural Resources (upcolorado.com).

Energy Impacts

A Multidisciplinary Exploration of North American Energy Development

Edited by Jeffrey B. Jacquet, Julia H. Haggerty, & Gene L. Theodori

A very valuable contribution. Anyone involved in energy development research will benefit from the exceptional overview of the literature that Energy Impacts provides

The Classics