Human Dimensions Research Unit Mission Statement
The HDRU strives to expand the understanding of academicians, students, natural resources agency staff, non-governmental organizations and policy makers about the human dimensions of natural resource management and policy. We do this by studying human attitudes, values, and behaviors associated with natural resource management and applying theory and empirical findings to real-world, contemporary problems. Our research outcomes, which include empirical data, conceptual frameworks, and theoretical insights, are reported at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, books, policy briefs, outreach publications, and reports of various types. HDRU research is used by a wide array of decision makers and natural resource practitioners, especially those in state and federal agencies, to develop, implement, and evaluate natural resource policies and management approaches.
Human Dimensions Research Unit Description
The Human Dimensions Research Unit consists of multiple 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 the Cornell Survey Research Institute 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.