Conservation & Society came out of a conversation beginning in the late 1990s between leading ecologists and conservationists in India including Kamal Bawa, Chiranjeev Bedi, Renee Borges, Uma Shaanker, Ravi Chellam, Gladwin Joseph, Ullas Karanth, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Ajith Kumar, Sharad Lele, Mahesh Rangarajan, Vasant Saberwal, Amita Baviskar, K. Sivaramakrishnan and Anindya Sinha.
The journal was launched in 2003 through Sage Publications, with Kamal Bawa as Chief Editor and Vasant Saberwal as Executive Editor. Kartik Shanker (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) took up the Executive Editorship in 2005, followed by Heather Goodall (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia) in 2009. From 2014 onwards the Executive Editorship was replaced by a Senior Editorial Collective and an expanded global array of Associate Editors from the social, historical and natural sciences.
C&S has the exceptional reputation of being a leading international conservation journal based in and published from the Global South. It is known for high quality and pioneering scholarship on social, cultural and biological dimensions of conservation in every part of the world. The journal is indexed with the Web of Science, SCOPUS, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scimago Journal Ranking and DOAJ.
The journal has published several special sections in the last few years including:
Green Wars (Guest Editors: Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher)
Affective Ecologies (Guest Editor: Neera M Singh)
The Green Economy in the South (Guest Editor: Peter Howson)
Protecting an African eden?: conservationists, communities, and collaboration in Mozambique (Guest Editors: Christy Schuetze, Michael Madison Walker, and Rozenn N. Diallo)
Protected areas and sustainable forest management in Canada (Guest Editors: Yolanda F. Wiersma, Peter N. Duinker, Wolfgang Haider, Glen T. Hvenegaard, and Fiona K.A. Schmiegelow)
Changing frontiers of ecological knowledge in Asia (Guest Editors: Peter Vandergeest and Shubhra Gururani)
Moving beyond the legacy of the rational actor and individual responsibility in environmental governance and conservation (Guest Editors: Cindy Isenhour and Nicole D. Peterson)
The biodiversity conservation industry in Mexico: perspectives, trends, and challenges (Guest Editors: Elizabeth A. Olson, Jose E. Martinez-Reyes, and Leticia Durand)
Alternative approaches to conceptualising and assessing ecosystem services (Guest Editors: Seema Purushothaman, Bejoy K. Thomas, Rosa Abraham, and Uppeandra Dhar)
Policy and practice of community-based conservation (Guest Editors: Philip Camill, Jessica Brown, and Ashish Kothari)
Forest tenure reform: new resource rights for forest-based communities? (Guest Editors: Anne M. Larson and Ganga Ram Dahal) –
Protected areas and migration (Guest Editors: David M. Hoffman, Derick Fay, and Lucas Joppa)
Studying sea turtle conservation and learning about the world: insights from social science (Guest Editor: Lisa M. Campbell) –
Predicaments of power and nature in India: An introduction (Guest Editors: Gunnel Cederlof and Mahesh Rangarajan)
Institutional choice and recognition in the formation and consolidation of local democracy (Guest Editors: Jesse C. Ribot, Ashwini Chhatre, and Tomila Lankina)
Neoliberal conservation (Guest Editors: James Igoe and Daniel Brockington)
Conservation in Madagascar (Guest Editor: Jeffrey Kaufmann)
Re-placing nature (Guest Editor: Ben Campbell)
Conservation & Society is published quarterly, and all articles are available online in the html, PDF, mobile, Epub, and eBook formats. We encourage you to browse our website, consider submitting your work to the journal, and sign up as reviewers. Manuscripts can be submitted through the online submission system.
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Conservation & Society came out of a conversation beginning in the late 1990s between leading ecologists and conservationists in India involving Kamal Bawa, Chiranjeev Bedi, Renee Borges, Uma Shaanker, Ravi Chellam, Gladwin Joseph, Ullas Karanth, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Ajith Kumar, Sharad Lele, Mahesh Rangarajan, Vasant Saberwal, Anindya Sinha, and several others. The journal was launched in 2003 through Sage Publications, with Kamal Bawa as Chief Editor and Vasant Saberwal as Executive Editor
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