Department of Society and Conservation

The Department of Society and Conservation (SoCon) provides education, research and service in support of conserving nature and social well-being. From local to international scales, the human relationship with the environment is varied, complex, and increasingly challenging in the face of economic, social and technological change. Sound environmental decisions are well informed and involve the people who are directly affected by those decisions. SoCon aims to educate students and contribute research and service to natural resource management and sustainable conservation policy. We seek a better understanding of how human values and interests shape our experiences in nature, our natural resource institutions and the politics of environmental decision making.

Our faculty's areas of research and expertise
Community forestry, environmental values and philosophy, international conservation and development, natural resource conflict resolution, natural resource policy, nature-based tourism, political ecology, protected area management, social and environmental justice, wildland recreation experiences, wilderness

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Chair

Jill BelskyJill Belsky

Office: CHCB 410
Phone: 406-243-4958
jill.belsky@umontana.edu 

Admin Associate

Marybeth Horvath

Marybeth Horvath

Office: CHCB 412
Phone:406-243-6657
marybeth.horvath@umontana.edu