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Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management

This course focuses on the sustainable management of natural resources, especially fish and wildlife resources, from a contemporary human dimensions’ perspective. Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of the governance and management of fish and wildlife, why and how people value fish and wildlife, become familiar with community-related impacts on natural resources, economic considerations, conflict management, environmental communication and be able to evaluate quantitative and qualitative methods used in human dimensions research.

To fulfill the learning objectives, the course will include lectures, seminars, exercises, role plays, group assignments, study visits and literature studies, of which some will be compulsory. The student will carry out an individual project, write a report and orally present in a seminar.

Course evaluation

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BI1300-30273 - Course evaluation report

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Additional course evaluations for BI1300

Academic year 2022/2023

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (BI1300-30189)

2023-01-16 - 2023-03-21

Academic year 2021/2022

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (BI1300-30097)

2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Academic year 2020/2021

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (BI1300-30030)

2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23

Academic year 2019/2020

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (BI1300-30045)

2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24

Academic year 2018/2019

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (BI1300-30075)

2019-01-21 - 2019-03-25

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Recommended readings

**Note: **This list is a collection of readings that are recommended. Not of them are mandatory. Students may or may not find the material listed here as relevant to their specific research topic, and therefore they are encouraged to search relevant material by themselves. The list is not presented in a specific order –students are encouraged to browse the list and chose their path into reading it.


Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management, 2nd edition (Decker, D. J., S. J. Riley, and W. F. Siemer, 2012)

Navigating Environmental Attitudes (Heberlein, T. A., 2012)


  1. Johansson, M., Dressel, S., Kvastegård, E., Ericsson, G., Fischer, A., Kaltenborn, B., Vaske, J. & Sandström, C. (2016). Describing Human-Wildlife Interaction from a European Perspective. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(2), 158-168.

  2. Bennett, N.J.; Roth, R.; Klain, S.C.; Chan, K.; Christie, P.; Clark, D.A.; Cullman, G.; Curran, D.; Durbin, T.J.; Epstein, G., et al. (2017). Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation. Biological Conservation, 205, 93-108.

  3. Ostrom E (2009) A General Framework for Analyzing Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems. Science 325(5939):419-422

  4. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 (scan page 4-21). Available in Canvas, or HERE

  5. Hunt, L. M., et al. (2013). "Illustrating the critical role of human dimensions research for understanding and managing recreational fisheries within a social-ecological system framework." Fisheries Management and Ecology 20(2-3): 111-124.

  6. Dressel, S.; Ericsson, G.; Sandström, C. (2018). Mapping social-ecological systems to understand the challenges underlying wildlife management. Environmental Science & Policy, 84, 105-112,

  7. Decker, D., Smith, C., Forstchen, A., Hare, D., Pomeranz, E., Doyle‐Capitman, C., ... & Organ, J. (2016). Governance principles for wildlife conservation in the 21st century. Conservation Letters, 9(4), 290-295.

  8. Lockwood, M.; Davidson, J.; Curtis, A.; Stratford, E.; Griffith, R. (2010). Governance Principles for Natural Resource Management. Soc. Nat. Resour., 23, 986-1001, doi:10.1080/08941920802178214.

  9. Rist L, Felton A, Samuelsson L, Sandström C, & Rosvall O (2013) A new paradigm for adaptive management. Ecology & society 18(4):63-.

  10. Hasselman, L. (2017). Adaptive management intentions with a reality of evaluation: Getting science back into policy. Environmental Science & Policy 2017, 78, 9-17,

  11. Dressel, S.; Ericsson, G.; Johansson, M.; Kalén, C.; Pfeffer, S.E.; Sandström, C. (2020). Evaluating the outcomes of collaborative wildlife governance: The role of social-ecological system context and collaboration dynamics. Land Use Policy, 99, 105028,

  12. Madsen, J., Williams, J. H., Johnson, F. A., Tombre, I. M., Dereliev, S., & Kuijken, E. (2017). Implementation of the first adaptive management plan for a European migratory waterbird population: The case of the Svalbard pink-footed goose Anser brachyrhynchus. Ambio, 46(2), 275-289.

  13. Hasselman, L. (2017). Adaptive management; adaptive co-management; adaptive governance: what’s the difference? Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 24, 31-46, doi:10.1080/14486563.2016.1251857.

  14. Teel, T.L.; Manfredo, M.J. (2010). Understanding the Diversity of Public Interests in Wildlife Conservation. Conservation Biology, 24, 128-139, doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01374.x.

  15. Kinzig, A.P.; Ehrlich, P.R.; Alston, L.J.; Arrow, K.; Barrett, S.; Buchman, T.G.; Daily, G.C.; Levin, B.; Levin, S.; Oppenheimer, M., et al. (2013). Social Norms and Global Environmental Challenges: The Complex Interaction of Behaviors, Values, and Policy. BioScience, 63, 164-175, doi:10.1525/bio.2013.63.3.5.

  16. Teel, T.L.; Manfredo, M.J.; Jensen, F.S.; Buijs, A.E.; Fischer, A.; Riepe, C.; Arlinghaus, R.; Jacobs, M.H. Understanding the Cognitive Basis for Human-Wildlife Relationships as a Key to Successful Protected-Area Management. International Journal of Sociology 2010, 40, 104-123, doi:10.2753/IJS0020-7659400306.

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  18. Brauman,K., Daily G. 2014. Ecosystem Services. Encyclopedia of Ecology. 1148-1154.

  19. National Research Council. 2005. Chapter 2: The Meaning of Value and Use of Economic Valuation in the Environmental Policy Decision-Making Process Valuing Ecosystem Services: Toward Better Environmental Decision-Making. The National Academies Press. 33-58

  20. Brauman et al. 2007. The Nature and Value of Ecosystem Services: An Overview Highlighting Hydrologic Services. Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour. 2007. 32:67–98

  21. Liekens et al. 2013. Chapter 2: Ecosystem Services and Their Monetary Value. In: Ecosystem Services.

  22. Sorg, C. Loomis, J. 1985. An Introduction to Wildlife Valuation Techniques. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 13(1): 38-46.

  23. National Research Council. 2005. Chapter 4: Methods of Non-market Valuation. Valuing Ecosystem Services: Toward Better Environmental Decision-Making. The National Academies Press. 95-152

  24. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. 2018. Guide to valuing ecosystem services

  25. Guerra, A. S., Madigan, D. J., Love, M. S., & McCauley, D. J. 2018. The worth of giants: The consumptive and non‐consumptive use value of the giant sea bass (Stereolepis gigas). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 28(2), 296-304.

  26. Martínez-Cruz, A. L., Juárez-Torres, M., & Guerrero, S. 2017. Assessing impacts from climate change on local social-ecological systems in contexts where information is lacking: An Expert Elicitation in the Bolivian Altiplano. Ecological Economics, 137, 70-82.

  27. Johnston, R. J., Boyle, K. J., Adamowicz, W., Bennett, J., Brouwer, R., Cameron, T. A., ... & Tourangeau, R. (2017). Contemporary guidance for stated preference studies. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 4(2), 319-405.

  28. Navrud, S., & Strand, J. (2018). Valuing global ecosystem services: What do European experts say? Applying the delphi method to contingent valuation of the amazon rainforest. Environmental and Resource Economics, 70(1), 249-269.

  29. Myers, et al. 2013. The relationship between personal experience and belief in the reality of global warming. Nature Climate Change, 3, 343-347.

  30. Herrnstadt, E., Muehlegger, E. 2014. Weather, salience of climate change and congressional voting. 2014. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68, 435-448.

  31. Goebel et al. 2015. How natural disasters can affect environmental concerns, risk aversion, and even politics: evidence from Fukushima and three European countries. Journal of Population Economics, 28, 1137-1180.

  32. Liekens and Leo De Nocker. 2013. Valuation of ES: Challenges and Policy Use. In: Ecosystem Services.

  33. CMP Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation v4.0 (2020)

  34. Redpath SM, et al. (2013). Understanding and managing conservation conflicts. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28(2):100-109.

  35. Madden, F.; McQuinn, B. Conservation’s blind spot: The case for conflict transformation in wildlife conservation. Biological Conservation 2014, 178, 97-106,

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master's Programme Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Forest Science - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forest Science Biology Biology
Course code: BI1300 Application code: SLU-30273 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Economics Pace: 100%