Why do people volunteer in conservation programs? Dr Claudia Benham investigates

To engage volunteers in conservation programs, it is important to first understand the motives and values that drive people to participate.

Dr Claudia Benham has contributed to a Human Dimensions of Wildlife paper led by Edith Shum, who completed her Masters with Dr Benham at James Cook University, Townsville, that explores this question. Along with co-authors Karina Jones and Ellen Ariel, they outline a novel framework for understanding exactly why people volunteer for conservation programs, with a specific focus on volunteers in turtle conservation programs in Queensland.

Read the paper here.


Images: Turtle Health Research (THR)

Project members

Dr Claudia Benham

Lecturer in Environmental Management and Planning Policy and ARC DECRA Fellow
School of the Environment