No environmental or natural resource issue can be decided based just on science. Place and values matter. Science, combined with relationship-building, allows diverse interests to learn and find agreement. This approach also enables governments and corporations to gain social license. And together people can create value for their places.
I work with groups large and small, regional, statewide and local to find agreement and solutions through learning and relationship building.
Using my social psychological, policy and ecological background, I enable diverse groups of interests to unravel complexity and build consensus.
I design, lead and facilitate collaborative problem-solving processes, involving diverse interests to learn together and explore solutions.
As social psychologist in natural resource management issues, I study the relationships between people and landscapes.
It is because of Dr. Western’s professionalism, experience, instruction, and hard-work the Department, through ‘Collaborative Learning’, has achieved greater public support as a result of a better understanding society’s expectations and the multitude of management challenges to improve mule deer numbers"
— Daryl Lutz, Chairman of the Wyoming Mule Deer Working Group and
Wildlife Management Coordinator, Wyoming Game and Fish Department