The emergence of place-based conservation

Daniel R. Williams, William P. Stewart, Linda E. Kruger

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Place has emerged as a signi fi cant topic within conservation research and practice. The transformative changes connected to contemporary conservation are related to recognition of multi-scaled, social-ecological dynamics; emergent, multiscaled governance structures; and rising importance of place-specific meanings and local knowledge. These transformative changes are central to place-based conservation and closely tied to the social sciences. There is no singular approach to placebased conservation; however there are ways to organize the complexity of related ideas. This chapter overviews the purpose of the book as a resource for researchers and practitioners to build the conceptual grounding for place-based conservation, including characterizations of the meaning of place, their relevance to conservation, and an explanation for the organization of the book.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlace-Based Conservation
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from the Social Sciences
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789400758025
ISBN (Print)9789400758018
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Complexity theory
  • Concept of place
  • Enlightenment science
  • Place meaning
  • Polycentric governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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