Qualitative methods are important in gaining a deep understanding of complex problems and poorly researched areas. They can be particularly useful to help explain underlying conservation problems, as in Rust et al. (2016). However, the significance in choosing and justifying appropriate methodological frameworks in conservation studies should be given more attention to ensure data are collected and analysed appropriately. We thank Potgieter et al. (2017) for their critical analysis of Rust et al. (2016), but they appear unaware of when, why and how such methods should be used. We clarify the methods described in Rust et al. (2016) and explain sampling strategies in qualitative studies. To improve familiarity with qualitative methods among natural scientists we recommend expanded training in social sciences and collaborating with social scientists. Given the scale of human impacts on the environment, this type of nuanced analytical skill is critical for moving conservation forward.
Rust, Niki A.Abrams, AmberChallender, Daniel W.S.Chapron, GuillaumeGhoddousi, ArashGlikman, Jenny A.Gowan, Catherine H.Hughes, CourtneyRastogi, ArchiSaid, AliciaSutton, AlexandraTaylor, NikThomas, SarahUnnikrishnan, HitaWebber, Amanda D.Wordingham, GwenHill, Catherine M.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences\Department of Social Sciences
Year of publication: 2017Date of RADAR deposit: 2017-06-06
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