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Human Dimensions Research Unit Mission Statement

Human Dimensions Research Unit strives to expand the understanding of academicians, students, and natural resources agency staff about the human behavioral aspects of natural resource management and policy. We work to develop fundamental understandings of human behavior associated with resource management and to apply concepts and empirical findings to real-world, contemporary problems of management. Our research results include empirical data, conceptual frameworks, and theoretical insights. These research products are used in the policy development, implementation, and evaluation processes of a wide array of policymakers, especially those in state and federal agencies. The applied aspects of Human Dimensions Research Unit research are aimed at issues facing natural resources management agencies consistent with the mission of a Land Grant university.

Human Dimensions Research Unit Description

The Human Dimensions Research Unit consists of 27 faculty, staff, and graduate students. The research program is supported by a combination of federal and state research grants and contracts, foundation support, and Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station support. Our capacity to conduct large-scale studies is enhanced by our association with CAST, Cornell's computer-assisted survey team, and the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research, which offers computer support access for Human Dimensions Research Unit research.

Human Dimensions Research Unit faculty and staff are part of the Resource Policy and Human Dimensions program in the Department of Natural Resources. Our graduate faculty have membership in the Field of Natural Resources, including the Resource Policy and Management, Wildlife Science, and Fishery Science concentrations. Human Dimensions Research Unit also contributes to the Extension and teaching functions of the Department of Natural Resources.

The Human Dimensions Research Unit has earned an international reputation in the development of the human dimensions specialization of natural resource management. The oldest unit of its kind located in a university setting, the Human Dimensions Research Unit has a history that extends to the early 1970s.

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