The Human Dimensions Research Unit 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 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.
HDRU faculty and staff also contribute to the teaching and outreach functions of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Department of Natural Resources. HDRU faculty and staff advise both undergraduate and graduate students, and teach courses concerning various aspects of natural resources including sociology, policy, and management. While all HDRU faculty and academic staff engage in outreach, two of the faculty also have Extension appointments, from which they serve citizens of New York State and beyond.