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Selin, Steven

Professor Emeritus of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Resources

Steven Selin is a Professor in the School of Natural Resources at WVU. He earned a B.S. in forest management from the University of Maine, an M.S. in Outdoor Teacher Education from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Oregon. Dr. Selin has been at WVU since 1992. His research interests include integrating human dimension knowledge into conservation decision-making, public participation in planning, collaborative governance processes, strengthening public-private partnerships, landscape-level conservation, operationalizing sustainable recreation, and social network analysis methodologies. In particular, he is interested in evaluating agency adoption of participatory planning and management systems and processes. His work has been published across a broad range of disciplinary journals including the Journal of Forestry, Environmental Management, Annals of Tourism, Journal of Extension, and the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. He teaches several courses including Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management, Tourism Planning, and Participatory Management of Natural Resources. Dr. Selin is married to Jenny and have raised three kids in Morgantown (Katie, Kari, Kristen). If not teaching or researching at WVU, you can find Steve kayaking, skiing or hiking across West “By God” Virginia and beyond.


  1. Selin, Steven; Cerveny, Lee K.; Blahna, Dale J.; Miller, Anna B., eds. (2020). Igniting research for outdoor recreation: linking science, policy, and action. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-987. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 257 p.
  2. Miller, A. B., Cerveny, L. K., Derrien, M. M., Selin, S., & Blahna, D. J. (2020). A research strategy to ignite the science of outdoor recreation on public lands. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. doi: 10.18666/JPRA-2020-10049.
  3. Kinder, P.J., Selin, S. and Strager, M. (2018). Social network structure and dynamics in adaptive natural resource governance: A case study of stream restoration in West Virginia, USA. International Journal of Recent Scientific Research, 9 (11): pp. 29499-29507.
  4. Selin, S. (2018). Implementing Sustainable Recreation on the National Forest System: Aligning the Reality and Promise. In S. Wilent (Ed.)193 Million Acres: Towards a more healthy and resilient US Forest Service (pp. 371-383). Society of American Foresters: Bethesda, MD.
  5. Selin, S. (2017). Elaborating the role of backbone leadership organizations in sustainable tourism development: The Monongahela River Valley Coalition. Sustainability, 9: 1367-1380.
  6. Selin, S. (2017). Operationalizing sustainable recreation across the National Forest System: A qualitative content analysis of six regional strategies. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 35 (3): pp. 34-44.
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