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In the 21st century conservations problems seem to be getting more complex and inter-connected, involving the interactions between both natural and social systems.
One potential answer to addressing these problems is the more effective engagement of social sciences into conservation theory and practice but in a recent paper, Professor Bill Adams, Moran Professor of Conservation and Development and Fellow of Downing College at Cambridge University in the UK, has argued that even when research is multidisciplinary, it may not be able to deliver the insights needed to solve a conservation problem. He spoke to Tanya Petersen about his paper ‘Do You Speak Lion?’
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