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David Edwards, BSc, MSc, PhD

Project Manager

David Edwards


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Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

David Edwards studied for a Biology degree at Durham University followed by a Masters in Forestry at the Oxford Forestry Institute. Between 1990 and 1996 he worked for the Overseas Development Administration on forest conservation and research projects in West Africa and South Asia. In 1997 he re-trained as a social scientist at Edinburgh University and completed a PhD thesis, and an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, on environmental and social change in southern Tanzania. David joined Forest Research in August 2004.

Current role

Project Manager, Social and Economic Research Group

Responsibilities include the design, execution and management of social research in support of sustainable land use in UK and Europe.

Current programmes

Responsible for managing the research ‘Evaluation and Appraisal of the Social Dimensions of Forestry’. Projects focus on two related agendas:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the social impacts of forest and greenspace programmes
  • Involvement of stakeholders in the development and use of spatial planning tools and other Decision Support Systems (DSS).

Both agendas explore how evaluation and appraisal can support social learning and organisational change.

Current and recent projects include:

Research areas

  • Evaluation and appraisal of social impacts
  • Participatory modelling of Ecosystem Services
  • Governance of forest landscapes
  • Cultural heritage and environmental history

Main recent publications

Sievanen T, Edwards D, Fredman P, Jensen F, Vistad, OI (eds) (2013). Social indicators in the forest sector in Northern Europe: a review focusing on nature-based recreation and tourism. Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Stewart, A., Edwards, D. and Lawrence, A. (2013). Improving the science-policy-practice interface: Decision Support System uptake and use in the forestry sector in Great Britain. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research.

Edwards, D., Bathgate, S., Mason, B. and Nicoll, B. (2013). The application of climate change models to support forestry decision-making: Stakeholder perspectives from MOTIVE and ForeStClim. Forest Research, UK. 14pp.

Stewart, A., Edwards, D. and Lawrence, A. (2013). Uptake of Decision Support Systems in the forestry sector in Great Britain: final report. Forest Research, UK. 38pp.

Tuomasjukka, D., Lindner, M. and Edwards, D. (2013). A Concept for Testing Decision Support Tools in Participatory Processes Applied to the ToSIA Tool. Challenges, 2013, 4(1), 34-55.

Edwards, D., Stewart, A., Smith, M., Pizzirani, S. and Gardiner, B. (2012). The application of tools for sustainability impact assessment to support forest landscape decision-making in Scotland. Pp 93-98 in: Proceedings of the conference; Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economic and Management Interactions, SAC-SEPA, Edinburgh, April 2012.

Edwards, D., Jay, M., Jensen, F.S., Lucas, B., Marzano, M., Montagne, C., Peace, A. and Weiss G. (2012). Public preferences across Europe for different forest stand types as sites for recreation. Ecology and Society 17(1): 27.

Edwards, D., Jay, M., Jensen, F.S., Lucas, B., Marzano, M., Montagne, C., Peace, A. and Weiss G. (2012). Public preferences for structural attributes of forests: towards a pan-European perspective. Forest Policy and Economics 19: 12-19.

Quine, C.P. and Edwards, D.M. (2011). Why do woodlands matter to Scotland? The source of the fifth element and more. Chapter 30 in: Marrs, S.J., Foster, S., Hendrie, C., Mackey, E.C. and Thompson, D.B.A. (eds). The Changing Nature of Scotland, TSO Scotland, Edinburgh.

Edwards, D. (2011). Indicator 6.11: Cultural and Spiritual Values. pp 139-140 in: State of Europe's Forests 2011. Status and Trends in Sustainable Forest Management in Europe (PDF-45Mb). FOREST EUROPE, UNECE and FAO.

Edwards, D.M., Jensen, F.S., Marzano, M., Mason, B., Pizzirani, S. and Schelhaas, M.J. (2011). A Theoretical Framework to Assess the Impacts of Forest Management on the Recreational Value of European Forests. Ecological Indicators 11: 81-89.

Edwards, D., Jay, M., Jensen, F.S., Lucas, B., Marzano, M., Montagne, C., Peace, A. and Weiss, G. (2010). Public preferences for silvicultural attributes of European forests (PDF-632K). EFORWOOD Deliverable D2.3.3, Forest Research, UK. 89pp.

Edwards, D., Jay, M., Jensen, F.S., Lucas, B., Marzano, M., Montagne, C., Peace, A. and Weiss, G. (2010). Assessment of the recreational value of European forest management alternatives (PDF-436K). EFORWOOD Deliverable D2.3.6., Forest Research, UK. 50pp.

Schelhaas, M-J., Edwards, D., Didion, M., Hengeveld, G., Nabuurs, G-J., Mason, B., Lindner, M., Moiseyev, A., Jay, M., Jensen, F., Lucas, B., Marzano, M., Montagne, C., Peace, A. and Weiss, G. (2010). Modelling the impacts of forest management alternatives on recreational values in Europe (PDF-210K). EFORWOOD Deliverable D2.3.7, Forest Research, UK. 19pp.

Mortimer, S., Mauchline, A., Park, J., Finn, J., Edwards, D. & Morris, J. (2010). Evaluation of Agri-Environment and Forestry Schemes with Multiple Objectives. Eurochoices 2010 9(1) , 48-54.

Edwards, D. (2009). Capturing the social and cultural values of European forests: insights from EFORWOOD. Folia Forestalia Polonica 51(1): 39-48.

Edwards, D., Elliott, A., Hislop, M., Martin, S., Morris, J., O’Brien, L., Peace, A., Sarajevs, V., Serrand, M. and Valatin, G. (2009). A Valuation of the Economic and Social Contribution of Forestry for People in Scotland (PDF-2980K). Forestry Commission Research Report 101, Forestry Commission Scotland, Edinburgh, 190 pp.

Edwards, D., Morris, J., O’Brien, L. and Valatin, G. (2008). The Economic and Social Contribution of Forestry for People in Scotland (PDF-404K). Forestry Commission Research Note 102, Forestry Commission Scotland, Edinburgh. 8 pp.

Edwards, D. (2008). SENSOR: Forecasting the Sustainability Impacts of European Land-Use Policies. Arborvitae, 37: 14.

Tabbush, P., Frederkisen, P. and Edwards D.M. (2008). Impact Assessment in the European Commission in Relation to Multifunctional Land Use. pp 35-54 in: Helming, K., Perez-Soba, M. and Tabbush, P. (eds) (2008). Sustainability Impact Assessment of Land Use Changes. Springer Verlag, Berlin and Heldelberg.

Broto, V.C., Tabbush, P., Burningham, K., Elghali, L. and Edwards, D. (2007). Coal Ash and Risk: Four Social Interpretations of a Pollution Landscape. Landscape Research, 32(4): 481-497.

Edwards, D. and Weldon, S. (2006). Race Equality and the Forestry Commission: Final Report to Forestry Commission (PDF-392K). Forest Research, UK. 49 pp.

Edwards, D. (2006). Policy focus on Bioenergy. EFI News, 14(1): 3-5.

Edwards, D.M. (2006). Social and Cultural Values Associated with European Forests in Relation to Key Indicators of Sustainability (PDF-455K). EFORWOOD Deliverable D2.3.1. 71 pp.

Edwards, D.M. (2006). ‘To Serve Christ Means to Rule’: Catholic Missions and Islamic Resistance in Southwest Tanzania, 1898-1955. Occasional Paper No 102, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. 66 pp.

Edwards, D.M. (2003). Settlement, Livelihoods and Identity in Southern Tanzania: A Comparative History of the Ngoni and Ndendeuli. PhD Thesis, School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Edwards, D.M. (2000). Mwalimu Nyerere, African Socialism and the Revival of the Ruvuma Development Association, pp 101-117 in: Molony, T. and King, K. (eds). Nyerere: Student, Teacher, Humanist, Statesman. Occasional Paper No 84, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. 146 pp.

Edwards, D.M. (1998). Matetereka: Tanzania’s Last Ujamaa Village. Occasional Paper No. 77, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. 55 pp.

Edwards, D.M. (1996). Non-Timber Forest Products from Nepal: Aspects of the Trade in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. FORESC Monograph 1/96, Overseas Development Administration and Forest Research and Survey Centre, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Kathmandu, Nepal. 134 pp.

Edwards, D.M. (1996). The Trade in Non-Timber Forest Products from Nepal. Mountain Research and Development, 16(4): 383-394.