SLN Training Initiative – Social Research – Module 4

This course is Module 4 of the Snow Leopard Network’s training initiative.

Course Content

Conservation, especially in snow leopard landscapes, occurs at the interface of humans and wildlife. To find workable solutions to these complex environmental issues, understanding local communities and how they interact with the landscape is essential. This course provides a brief introduction to social science theory and methodology for conservation practitioners and researchers working in snow leopard landscapes. It will equip participants to ask research questions and design a study using social survey methods commonly needed by conservationists in the field, such as structured and unstructured interviews.

Knowledge & skills you will gain

      • Understanding the basics of applied social science
      • Learning to design a social research study
      • Collecting data from human subjects
      • Ethics of conducting social science research

Meet the trainers

Dr. Saloni Bhatia is an interdisciplinary researcher who has worked in the high-altitude landscapes, first on policy and later, on research issues for close to a decade. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas (IIT-Bombay). Her research primarily focuses on the interface between people and wild animals. She completed her PhD from Manipal University and MSc. from University of Oxford.

Dr. Ranjini Murali is the Conservation Scientist at the Snow Leopard Trust. As a part of her role she supports research and conservation work across the snow leopard range. She is also a research associate with the Nature Conservation Foundation and a visiting faculty with the Azim Premji University. She is a Fellow with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on the values assessment that assesses the multiple values that humans have for nature. She completed her PhD from Manipal University and her MSc. from the University of St. Andrews.

Criteria for participation

    • Snow Leopard Network Member
    • Experience or willingness to work on snow leopard conservation efforts
    • Confirmed availability to attend all the four online seminars of a given module
    • Number of participants is limited to 25
    • Priority will be given to participants from snow leopard range countries 

Planned Schedule

    • 2 hour online Zoom Seminars take place every Wednesday of the month, October 2020 (4 Seminars; Oct 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th) at 14:00 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan time.
    • Additional group work, assignments or readings are likely to be organized by the trainers
    • Please note we expect all participants to attend the complete set of Wednesday Seminars as they are interconnected and build on each other
    • Details of each specific Seminar topic will be shared approximately 5 days beforehand; including any expected preparations by participants.

Deadline for Applications

    • Wednesday, September 16th, 2020. Please note places are limited so please do not delay in applying.
    • Please fill in the following APPLICATION Closed