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Social Vulnerability Webinar Series


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Social Vulnerability Webinar Series

The Social Vulnerability Webinar Series: Communities, Climate Change, and National Forests explored community vulnerability to climate change and how natural resource managers can integrate social vulnerability assessment into planning and decision-making.

The Social Vulnerability Webinar Series was sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Human Dimensions Science Program and the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation.


Date Webinar Presentations
Jan. 21, 2015 An introduction to the concept of social vulnerability
Daniel R. Williams, USDA Forest Service
Laurie Yung, University of Montana
Dan Murphy, University of Cincinnati
Paige Fischer, University of Michigan
Feb. 11, 2015 Engaging uncertainty through scenarios
Dan Murphy, University of Cincinnati
Carina Wyborn, Luc Hoffman Institute
Feb. 25, 2015 Regional socio-economic vulnerability assessment: Understanding the impacts of climate-related changes in forests and grasslands in the U.S. Northwest
Michael Hand, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
Paige Fischer, University of Michigan
Tim Frazier and Joseph Reber, University of Idaho
March 11, 2015 Employing Q-methodology for vulnerability assessment
Chris Armatas, University of Montana
Alan Watson, USDA Forest Service Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Tyron Venn, University of Montana
March 25, 2015 Using existing socioeconomic data to understand vulnerability
Neelam Poudyal, University of Tennessee
Zack Walton, Dougherty and Dougherty Forestry Services
Cassandra Gaither, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
Jeff Hepinstall-Cymerman, University of Georgia
April 8, 2015 Understanding risk and exposure in an urban case study
Patricia Winter, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
Pamela Padgett, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
April 29, 2015 A GIS approach to assessing population vulnerability to smoke in the Southeastern U.S.
Cassandra Johnson Gaither and Scott Goodrick, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
Bryn Elise Murphy, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Neelam Poudyal, University of Tennessee
May 6, 2015 Integrating social vulnerability into planning and decision-making
Laurie Yung, University of Montana
Daniel Williams, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
Dan Murphy, University of Cincinnati
Carina Wyborn, World Wildlife Fund Luc Hoffmann
January 21, 2015 to May 7, 2015


An Introduction to the Concept of Social Vulnerability

Social Vulnerability Webinar Series
Social Vulnerability Webinar Series


The first webinar in this series will introduce the concepts of social vulnerability and adaptive capacity and discuss why these concepts are relevant to public land management. The presentation will describe the range of conceptual and methodological approaches and discuss the strengths and weakness of the different approaches in order to help researchers and decision-makers identify approaches suited to particular planning and management needs. The presentation will also provide an orientation to the remaining webinars in the series.

This webinar is part of the Social Vulnerability Webinar Series.

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Daniel R Williams
Research Social Scientist , Rocky Mountain Research Station

Daniel R. Williams is a Research Social Scientist with the Human Dimensions Science Program of Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, Colorado. His research emphasis is on the human dimensions of landscape change. His research draws on place-based inquiry and practice to inform the adaptive governance of complex social-ecological systems. He recently co-edited a book titled Place-based conservation: Perspectives from the social sciences, published in 2013 by Springer Publications..

Laurie Yung
Associate Professor , University of Montana

Laurie Yung is an Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. Her research focuses on how rural communities and public land management agencies respond to environmental change. Recent projects focus on the social, political, and institutional aspects of climate change adaptation in the Intermountain West.

Dan Murphy
Assistant Professor , University of Cincinnati

Dan Murphy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on cultural, political, and economic dimensions of human response to environmental change and has worked in Mongolia and rural regions of the US. He has co-authored articles on climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the Journal of Forestry and Regional Environmental Change and is currently conducting research on community vulnerability to climate change in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and the Wayne National Forest.

Paige Fischer
Assistant Professor , University of Michigan

Paige Fischer is Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan. The focus of her research and teaching is on human behavior as it relates to the sustainability of socio-ecological systems. She investigates factors that enable and constrain human adaptation to ecological risks such as wildfire and climate change.