Short Courses

Pre-conference short courses | Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 March 2023 

Several short courses (one-day & half-day) are offered to conference delegates before the conference, on 28 and 29 March 2023. These will take place in central Oxford and have limited availability. 


Planning for human-wildlife coexistence: linking situation assessment to decision-making

Led by: Dr Silvio Marchini (University of São Paulo; IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group; IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group) and Dr Jenny Glikman (San Diego Global; IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group)

Description: The key to turning HWC into large-scale coexistence is good planning. Through a series of practical activities, participants will be exposed to the process of planning for coexistence: how to properly assess the situation, make better decisions based on a sound theory of change, and monitor & evaluate the results.

Date and time: Tuesday 28 March, 9am – 5pm


An introduction to facilitation skills for conservation managers

Led by: Jamie Copsey (IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group)

Description: From planning through to the implementation of species conservation projects, managers will have to manage multiple stakeholder needs and interests, concerns and influences. Such navigation requires the honing of a combination of interpersonal and process design skills to ‘facilitate’ a way through. In this short course we introduce the concept of facilitation along with several core facilitation skills. The short course is designed to be a ‘taster’ session for much deeper training in the topic available both online and in person through the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group. 

Date and time: Wednesday 29 March, 9am – 5pm


Social research methods for assessing and monitoring human-wildlife conflict

Led by: Dr Jenny Glikman (San Diego Global; IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group)

Description: This short course will cover the key elements of designing and implementing a social science research for human-wildlife conflict projects. It will focus on identifying clear study objectives in order to apply appropriate quantitative or qualitative research methods, including questionnaires and other commonly used survey instruments. After the short course, attendees will be ready to get started with their own social science research and able to critique existing instruments.

Date and time: Wednesday 29 March, 9am – 12pm


Mapping the risk of human-wildlife conflict

Led by: Żaneta Kaszta (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford)

Description: A spatial understanding of current and emerging human-wildlife conflicts is essential for decision-making for prioritising mitigation and the allocation of limited resources. This short course will show participants how to use tools from spatial analysis and landscape ecology to map patterns and hotspots of quantifiable conflicts between wildlife and people at local or regional scales. An understanding of Geographic Information Systems is advantageous for participants but not required.

Date and time: Wednesday 29 March, 9am– 12pm


Social marketing and behaviour change for human-wildlife conflict mitigation projects

Led by: Dr Diogo Verissimo (Oxford Martin School; IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group) and Laura Perry (Global Species Survival Center, Indianapolis)

Description: Understanding and influencing human behaviour is key to addressing human-wildlife conflicts. Social marketing focuses on the use of concepts and theories originally developed in the business sector to influence people and achieve social good. This short course will use a case study involving tigers and communities in Nepal.

Date and time: Wednesday 29 March, 2pm – 5pm


Working with the media on human-wildlife conflict and coexistence issues

Led by: Virat A Singh (IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group)

Description: As media has the power to change the way people perceive wildlife issues, it is increasingly crucial to have a better understanding of how to engage with the media in innovative ways. This short course explores how continuous engagement with the media plays a key role in conservation, and focussing on aspects such as crisis communication, media management, and effective usage of social media.

Date and time: Wednesday 29 March, 2pm – 5pm


How to design insurance schemes for human-wildlife co-existence

Led by: Paul Steele (Chief Economist, International Institute for Environment and Development) and Barbara Chabbaga (Actuary and Partner, AB Consultants, Kenya)

Description: Insurance offers exciting potential for human-wildlife co-existence. This short course will provide interactive learning on insurance design, drawing from experience in Kenya and Sri Lanka. This will include actuarial expertise on how to design an insurance scheme in your country.

Date and time: Wednesday 29th March, 2pm– 5pm


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