Collaborative and interdisciplinary research is increasingly prominent in conservation science, but how can we understand the diversity of perspectives that are brought to tackle conservation problems? It is often the case that the categories of ‘natural scientist’ and ‘social scientist’ are used to characterise researchers in conservation, however these categories can also mask a richer diversity of tendencies towards research.
The Conservation Research Preferences Questionnaire explores some of the perspectives, motivations, practices and worldviews that are applied in conservation research. It is not a rigid structure for categorising researchers nor a comprehensive account of the range of different perspectives in the field. Rather, the questionnaire is intended as a tool for individuals and interdisciplinary teams to explore and reflect upon some of the diversity of research philosophies that they bring to tackle conservation problems.
Read more in our publication: ‘Revealing research preferences in conservation science‘ published in Oryx. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S003060531900067X
The questionnaire has 19 questions and will take 5 minutes to complete, and at the end you will be presented with a graphical representation of your results and details on how to interpret them. If completing the questionnaire as part of an interdisciplinary team, we have also provided a workshop plan that can be used to carry out a facilitated dialogue using this questionnaire.
The questions are general in nature and do not request any identifying information. With your permission, we would like to use your anonymous responses for an ongoing research project that will further explore research tendencies across the natural and social sciences in the conservation field. If you consent to the use of your responses for this research, you will be given the opportunity to opt in when you take the questionnaire. Your responses will be anonymous and will only be used for this project and associated publications. Please note, all online responses to the questionnaire will be stored for 12 months, but will only be used for research if you opt in. If you would prefer to complete the questionnaire offline, please make use of our self-scoring questionnaire available here. See full details of ethics and data management here.
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