Poster: The Role of Social Capital in Soil Conservation Management
Social capital is a form of “people power” that can be harnessed by anyone regardless of their position in society (Onyx and Bullen, 2000, p. 39). In natural resource management, the assumption that social capital encourages community involvement and participation is vital to addressing environmental challenges at the community-level, as social capital fosters sustainability (Miller & Buys, 2008). For planners, social capital is an invaluable resource that builds and harnesses collaboration within communities allowing them to thrive. This poster will provide planners, particularly planners working internationally on environmental challenges, with an example of how social capital influences the adoption of sustainable practices and how public-private partnerships strengthen social capital thus improving natural resource management within a community.
Confirmed SpeakerElizabeth Musoke is currently a PhD Candidate in the Environmental Design & Planning program at Kansas State University. Much of her academic and professional experience has been spent delving into sustainability, environmental issues and aspects of community collaboration. After completing a Master's of Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University, she gained invaluable experience working at the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) in the public health planning field. After a year of work, Elizabeth returned to her alma mater to attain a doctorate. The focus of her dissertation is on soil and water conservation. Elizabeth's goals are driven by her respect for the environment and her respect for people. By merging all her interests, she hopes to help communities secure a more sustainable future.