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Daniel R. Williams
Research Social Scientist
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
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1. Enhancing adaptive capacity and climate resilience in Southwest Colorado communities using iterative public scenario building processes. 2. Analyzing user-generated online content and social media as data sources for monitoring and managing wilderness areas. 3. Synthesizing theory and methods for identifying place-specific knowledge and social and symbolic meanings and values to improve collaborative governance of social and ecological changes across the landscape.
The practice of public sector natural resource management increasingly seeks more adaptive, integrated, and spatially multi-scaled ecosystem management strategies that emphasize collaborative multi-stakeholder governance. My research addresses several social science problems that arise out of this nascent context:
(1) How to improve and assess emerging collaborative governance practices in natural resource planning and decision making;
(2) How to apply social-geographic analysis to assess place specific meanings and values embedded in natural resource decision making and understand how these are shaped by and, in turn, shape social actions and ecological changes across the landscape;
(3) How to adapt the advances in philosophy and methods of social science for application to natural resource contexts and assess their implications for the interface between science and decision making; and
Cutting across all three of these topics is a focus on geographic places, global scale social processes, and a longstanding interest in (4) How people experience and value outdoor recreation and nature contact.
1. Developed a widely used social survey instrument for measuring place attachment, which has been applied in a variety fields including natural resource management, tourism development, community health surveys and school redistricting.
2. Synthesized the state-of-knowledge on the impact of outdoor environments on quality of life for the World Leisure Association's Global Declaration on Leisure and Human Well-being.
3. Identified best practices for community wildfire protection planning, an important planning tool for mitigating wildfire risks in the wildland-urban interface.
Why This Research is Important
Solving natural resource challenges involves engaging people in building and implementing solutions and goes beyond trying to convince people to adopt or accept the best available science. The key is to get people involved in the collaborative governance or decision making over their shared interests in specific places or landscapes. The essential ingredient of democracy is a willingness to listen and learn from each other. Even if people value different things about their surroundings they often share a commitment or attachment to what they see as special places. This can form the basis of a willingness to work together despite differences in values and interests. Successful natural resource management requires inclusive and sincere participatory decision making. My research is devoted to improving collaborative decision making process, a problem that becomes more urgent as we face larger scale natural resource problems.
- University of Nevada, BS Natural Resources, 1978
- Utah State, MS Outdoor Recreation, 1980
- University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Forest Resources, 1984
- Associate Professor, Outdoor Recreation Management, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
1994 - 1998
- Assistant Professor, Forestry and Outdoor Recreation, Virginia Tech
1988 - 1994
- Assistant Professor, Outdoor Recreation Management, University of Utah
1983 - 1988
Featured Publications & Products
- Williams, Daniel R. 2014. Making sense of 'place': Reflections on pluralism and positionality in place research.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2014. "Beyond the commodity metaphor," revisited: Some methodological reflections on place attachement research.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Stewart, William P.; Kruger, Linda E. 2013. The emergence of place-based conservation [Chapter 1].
- Williams, Daniel R. 2013. Science, practice, and place [Chapter 2].
- Cole, David N.; Williams, Daniel R. 2012. Wilderness visitor experiences: Lessons from 50 years of research.
- Jakes, Pamela J.; Esposito, Christine; Burns, Sam; Cheng, Antony S.; Nelson, Kristen C.; Sturtevant, Victoria E.; Williams, Daniel R. 2012. Best management practices for creating a community wildfire protection plan.
Publications & Products
- Newman, Soren M.; Carroll, Matthew S.; Jakes, Pamela J.; Williams, Daniel R.; Higgins, Lorie L. 2014. Earth, wind, and fire: Wildfire risk perceptions in a hurricane-prone environment.
- Wyborn, Carina; Yung, Laurie; Murphy, Daniel; Williams, Daniel R. 2014. Situating adaptation: How governance challenges and perceptions of uncertainty influence adaptation in the Rocky Mountains.
- Champ, Joseph G.; Williams, Daniel R.; Lundy, Catherine M. 2013. An on-line narrative of Colorado wilderness: Self-in-"cybernetic space".
- Stewart, William P.; Williams, Daniel R.; Kruger, Linda E. 2013. Conclusion: From describing to prescribing--transitioning to place-based conservation [Chapter 18].
- Williams, Daniel R.; Jakes, Pamela J.; Burns, Sam; Cheng, Antony S.; Nelson, Kristen C.; Sturtevant, Victoria; Brummel, Rachel F.; Staychock, Emily; Souter, Stephanie G. 2012. Community Wildfire Protection Planning: The Importance of Framing, Scale, and Building Sustainable Capacity.
- Brooks, Jeffrey J.; Williams, Daniel R. 2012. Continued wilderness participation: Experience and identity as long-term relational phenomena.
- Yung, Laurie; Bradbury, Mason; Williams, Daniel R. 2012. Experimental Forests and climate change: views of long-term employees on ecological change and the role of Experimental Forests and Ranges in understanding and adapting to climate change.
- Williams, Daniel R.; McIntyre, Norman. 2012. Place affinities, lifestyle mobilities and quality-of-life.
- Champ, Joseph G.; Brooks, Jeffrey J.; Williams, Daniel R. 2012. Stakeholder understandings of wildfire mitigation: A case of shared and contested meanings.
- Garst, Barry A.; Williams, Dan R.; Roggenbuck, Joseph W. 2012. Trends in developed forest camping.
- Jakes, Pamela J.; Nelson, Kristen C.; Enzler, Sherry A.; Burns, Sam; Cheng, Antony S.; Sturtevant, Victoria; Williams, Daniel R.; Bujak, Alexander; Brummel, Rachel F.; Grayzeck-Souter, Stephanie; Staychock, Emily. 2011. Community wildfire protection planning: is the Healthy Forests Restoration Act's vagueness genius?.
- Watson, Alan; Matt, Roian; Knotek, Katie; Williams, Daniel R.; Yung, Laurie. 2011. Traditional wisdom: Protecting relationships with wilderness as a cultural landscape.
- Garst, Barry A.; Williams, Daniel R.; Roggenbuck, Joseph W. 2010. Exploring early twenty-first century developed forest camping experiences and meanings.
- Brummel, Rachel F.; Nelson, Kristen C.; Jakes, Pamela J.; Williams, Daniel R. 2010. Social learning in a policy-mandated collaboration: Community wildfire protection planning in the eastern United States.
- Grayzeck-Souter, Stephanie A.; Nelson, Kristen C.; Brummel, Rachel F.; Jakes, Pamela; Williams, Daniel R. 2009. Interpreting federal policy at the local level: the wildland-urban interface concept in wildfire protection planning in the eastern United States.
- Paveglio, Travis B.; Jakes, Pamela J.; Carroll, Matthew S.; Williams, Daniel R. 2009. Understanding social complexity within the wildland urban interface: A new species of human habitation? Environmental Management.
- Champ, Joseph G.; Williams, Daniel R.; Knotek, Katie. 2009. Wildland fire and organic discourse: Negotiating place and leisure identity in a changing wildland urban inteface.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Patterson, Michael E. 2008. Place, leisure, and well-being.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2008. Pluralities of place: A user's guide to place concepts, theories, and philosophies in natural resource management.
- Van Patten, Susan R.; Williams, Daniel R. 2008. Problems in place: Using discursive social psychology to investigate the meanings of seasonal homes.
- Cohn, Patricia J.; Williams, Daniel R.; Carroll, Matthew S. 2008. Wildland-urban interface resident's views on risk and attribution.
- Jakes, Pamela; Burns, Sam; Cheng, Antony; Saeli, Emily; Brummel, Kristen Nelson Rachel; Grayzeck, Stephanie; Sturtevant, Victoria; Williams, Daniel. 2007. Critical elements in the development and implementation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs).
- Brooks, Jeffrey J.; Wallace, George N.; Williams, Daniel R. 2007. Is this a one-night stand or the start of something meaningful? Developing relationships to place in National Park backcountry..
- Kruger, Linda E., Ph.D..; Williams, Daniel R. 2007. Place and place-based planning..
- Williams, Daniel R. 2007. Recreation settings, scenery, and visitor experiences: a research assessment..
- Williams, Daniel R.; Patterson, Michael E. 2007. Snapshots of what, exactly? A comment on methodological experimentation and conceptual foundations in place research.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Watson, Alan E. 2007. Wilderness values: Perspectives from non-economic social science.
- McCool, Stephen F.; Burchfield, James A.; Williams, Daniel R.; Carroll, Matthew S. 2006. An event-based approach for examining the effects of wildland fire decisions on communities.
- Brooks, Jeffrey J.; Bujak, Alexander N.; Champ, Joseph G.; Williams, Daniel R. 2006. Collaborative capacity, problem framing, and mutual trust in addressing the wildland fire social problem: An annotated reading list.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Van Patten, Susan R. 2006. Home and away? Creating identities and sustaining places in a multicentered world.
- Brooks, Jeffrey J.; Brenkert, Hannah; Serby, Judy E.; Champ, Joseph G.; Simons, Tony; Williams, Daniel R. 2006. Integrating social science into forestry in the wildland/urban interface.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2006. Leisure, environment, and the quality of life.
- Brooks, Jeffrey J.; Wallace, George N.; Williams, Daniel R. 2006. Place as relationship partner: an alternative metaphor for understanding the quality of visitor experience in a backcountry setting.
- Patterson, Michael E.; Williams, Daniel R. 2005. Maintaining research traditions on place: diversity of thought and scientific progress.
- Backlund, Erik A.; Williams, Daniel R.; Williams, Daniel R. 2004. A Quantitative Synthesis of Place Attachment Research: Investigating Past Experience and Place Attachment.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2004. Environmental psychology: Human responses and relationships to natural landscapes.
- Snyder, Robert; Williams, Daniel R.; Peterson, George. 2003. Culture loss and sense of place in resource valuation: Economics, anthropology and indigenous cultures.
- Kent, Brian; Gebert, Krista; McCaffrey, Sarah; Martin, Wade; Calkin, David; Schuster, Ervin; Martin, Ingrid; Bender, Holly Wise; Alward, Greg; Kumagai, Yoshitaka; Cohn, Patricia J.; Carroll, Matt; Williams, Daniel; Ekarius, Carol. 2003. Social and economic issues of the Hayman Fire.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Vaske, Jerry J. 2003. The measurement of place attachment: validity and generalizability of a psychometric approach.
- Patterson, Michael E.; Williams, Daniel R. 2002. Collecting and analyzing qualitative data: Hermeneutic principles, methods and case examples.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2002. Leisure identities, globalization, and the politics of place.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2002. Post-utilitarian forestry: What's place got to do with it?.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2002. Social construction of arctic wilderness: place meanings, value pluralism, and globalization.
- Kaltenborn, Bjorn P.; Williams, Daniel R. 2002. The meaning of place: attachments to Femundsmarka National Park, Norway, among tourists and locals.
- Vaske, Jerry J.; Donnelly, Maureen P.; Williams, Daniel R.; Jonker, Sandra. 2001. Demographic influences on environmental value orientations and normative beliefs about national forest management.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2001. Sustainability and public access to nature: Contesting the right to roam.
- Williams, Daniel R.; McIntyre, Norman. 2001. Where heart and home reside: changing constructions of place and identity.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2000. Anatomy of the academy: Dissecting the past, resecting the future.
- Uysal, Muzaffer; Chen, Joseph S.; Williams, Daniel R. 2000. Increasing state market share through regional positioning.
- Williams, Daniel R. 2000. Personal and social meanings of wilderness: Constructing and contesting places in a global village.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Patterson, Michael E. 1999. Environmental psychology: Mapping landscape meanings for ecosystem management.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Kaltenborn, Bjorn P. 1999. Leisure places and modernity: the use and meaning of recreational cottages in Norway and the USA.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Vogt, Christine A.; Vitterso, Joar. 1999. Structural equation modeling of users' response to wilderness recreation fees.
- Vogt, Christine A.; Williams, Daniel R. 1999. Support for wilderness recreation fees: The influence of fee purpose and day versus overnight use.
- Patterson, Michael E.; Watson, Alan E.; Williams, Daniel R.; Roggenbuck, Joseph R. 1998. An hermeneutic approach to studying the nature of wilderness experiences.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Van Patten, Susan. 1998. Back to the future? Tourism, place, and sustainability.
- Patterson, Michael E.; Williams, Daniel R. 1998. Paradigms and problems: The practice of social science in natural resource management.
- Williams, Daniel R.; Stewart, Susan I. 1998. Sense of place: An elusive concept that is finding a home in ecosystem management.
- Williams, Daniel R.; McDonald, Cary D.; Riden, Carla M.; Uysal, Muzaffer. 1995. Community attachment, regional identity and resident attitudes toward tourism.
- Watson, Alan E.; Niccolucci, M. J.; Williams, Daniel R. 1994. The nature of conflict between hikers and recreational stock users in the John Muir wilderness.
- Watson, Alan E.; Niccolucci, Michael J.; Williams, Daniel R. 1993. Hikers and recreational stock users: predicting and managing recreation conflicts in three wildernesses.
- Carr, Deborah S.; Williams, Daniel R. 1992. Social Structural Characteristics of Hispanic Recreationists on the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests.
- Watson, Alan E.; Williams, Daniel R.; Joseph W. Roggenbuck, ; John J. Daigle, . 1992. Visitor characteristics and preferences for three National Forest wildernesses in the South.
- Watson, Alan E.; Roggenbuck, Joseph W.; Williams, Daniel R. 1991. The influence of past experience on wilderness choice.
- Williams, Daniel R. 1985. A developmental model of recreation choice behavior.
- Schreyer, Richard; Knopf, Richard C.; Williams, Daniel R. 1985. Reconceptualizing the motive/environment link in recreation choice behavior.