Human dimensions research looks at how humans value, use, and depend on their natural environment. The ODFW Marine Reserves Program oversees the human dimensions research of the reserves and works closely with a number of research partners. Here you can explore more about the research being conducted. We also welcome you to check out our 2017 Human Dimensions Monitoring Plan.
What Do We Study?
In natural resource management, human dimensions research looks at how humans value, use, and depend on the natural environment. Our research is focused on understanding the different ways that people and communities are affected by the marine reserve sites over time, including what the effects of the reserves are at different scales — from how regions are affected down to how individuals are affected.
- How are communities affected. We look at communities of place — like Depoe Bay; of occupation — such as the fishing industry; and of interest — like wildlife viewers.
- Ways in which ocean users are affected. We consider both extractive and non-extractive uses and users.
- How are regional economies affected. This includes looking at economic contributions, losses, and changes.
- Interactions between the economy, marine environment, and communities. How do people value and depend on the ocean? What desires and expectations do the public hold for the ocean and conservation areas managed by the state?
This research draws upon multiple social science fields — including economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, and psychology. Some of our studies provide quantitative information, while others provide qualitative or descriptive information.
Our Research Questions
- Who are the consumptive users?
What are these uses? What is the level of use? How does this use change over time?
- What are the drivers and characteristics of the communities of place?
How are these variables tied to the site? How do these change over time?
- What are the attitudes and perceptions held by community members concerning site implementation?
What are the motivating variables behind these attitudes and perceptions? How do these attitudes and perceptions change over time?
- What are the potential effects to consumptive users from displaced activities?
How do these effects change over time?
- Who are the non-consumptive users?
What are these uses? What is the level of non-consumptive use? How does this change over time?
- What are the non-market values connected to the site?
What are the intrinsic or non-use values associated with the site and how do these values change over time?
We work in close collaboration with a number research partners. These partners provide advice, lend different expertise, and help us round out our monitoring program. Our Partners include social scientists from universities and the private sector.