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Natural Resource Social Sciences


 Natural Resource Social Sciences

Human Dimensions Research Lab

This research group studies social, political, and economic implications of alternative public policies with regard to the protection, management, and use of natural resources. The group also studies the awareness, attitudes and behaviors of individuals and groups as these relate to natural resource management.


Individual and institutional decision making with respect to natural resource management and conservation within the context of environmental change
The role and processes of stakeholder involvement in land use planning in Indiana, consensus building, social indicators in watershed projects
Natural resource economics with a focus on sustainable forest ecosystems and associated ecosystem services.


Graduate students work with their major professor and advisory committee to develop a plan of study that is customized to their individual needs.

Graduate Areas of Specialization
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
  • Natural Resource Policy
  • Natural Resource Planning
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Forest Economics
Lab Links To the Graduate Student page


Undergraduate students work with faculty and staff in the Office of Student Services to select courses that fulfill their interests and requirements of their major.

Downloadable Plan of Study for Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making

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