Belsky, Jill

Professor and Director, Bolle Center for People and Forests
CFC/Society & Conservation
The University of Montana - Missoula
Professional Summary: 

My research and teaching focus on social-ecological systems and especially the interconnections between sustainable rural livelihoods and participatory conservation and development, in and beyond formally protected areas. The objectives of my research (conducted both in the U.S. intermountain west and overseas) are to provide relevant information and analyses to foster socially just and resilient resource management using participatory methods and collaborative conservation approaches.

For 2012-2015 I am serving as Editor-in-Chief of the flagship, international journal, Society & Natural Resources.

Current projects involve assisting the Ugyen Wangchuck Environment and Conservation Institute in Bumthang, Bhutan on research and faculty development and collaborating with watershed groups in Montana (e.g., Blackfoot Challenge, Northwest Connections and Swan Ecosystem Center) to develop capacity for community-based conservation management across private and public lands, including former corporate timber lands. In early 2012 I will be leading efforts to develop socioeconomic monitoring protocols and baseline data for monitoring changes and treatments in the Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. These latter projects involve myself, graduate students, citizens, government and non-governmental resource managers working together to identify relevant questions, collect information, and co-develop forest and other conservation-based management plans and participatory assessment and governance institutions.


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