Bianca Ambrose-Oji, BSc, MSc (Oxon), PhD

Senior Social Scientist

Bianca Ambrose-Oji

Email: bianca.ambrose-oji@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 4127
Mob: 0777 587 0865

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Dr Bianca Ambrose-Oji joined Forest Research in October 2008. Her forestry career spans more than 20 years as a social forester which includes time as an action researcher, consultant, practitioner and professional trainer and a university lecturer.

Current role

Senior Social Scientist, Social and Economic Research Group

Bianca leads several research areas within the core programme and EU funded research projects, as well as co-ordinating SERG’s "Society and Diversity" theme. Her research relates to:

  • Understanding the development of adaptive and innovative forest governance which responds to changing social, economic and ecological conditions
  • Investigating the opportunities and barriers to resilient forestry experienced by woodland owners and managers and forestry businesses
  • Evaluating the impact of forestry projects and programmes on the public, other sector stakeholders and businesses
  • Assessing approaches to forestry skills development and learning supporting productive and resilient sector employment

Current programmes

Affiliations and achievements

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society

Research areas

  • Resilient forest governance
  • Socio-ecological resilience in rural and urban contexts
  • Social and cultural values
  • Public engagement, social inclusion and equality

Publications

Papers

Van der Jagt, A.; B. Elands; B. Ambrose- Oji; Buizer, M., É. Gerőházi; and M. Steen Møller (2016) Participatory Governance of Urban Green Spaces: Trends and Practices in the EU. Nordic Journal of Architecture Research

Van der Jagt, A.; B. Ambrose- Oji; and A. Lawrence. (2015). Biodiversity and conservation in community woods: Business as usual? ECOS. 36(1):36-43

Ambrose- Oji, B.; A. Lawrence; and A. Stewart. (2014). Community based forest enterprises in Britain: two organising typologies. Forest Policy and Economics, 58:65-74

Lawrence, A., and Ambrose-Oij, B., (2014). Beauty, friends, power, money: navigating the impacts of community woodlands. Geographical Journal, 181(3): 268–279

Achigan-Dako, E.G.; S. N’danikou; F. Assogba-Komlan; B. Ambrose-Oji; A. Ahanchede; and M.W. Pasquini. (2011). Diversity, Geographical, and Consumption Patterns of Traditional Vegetables in Sociolinguistic Communities in Benin: Implications for Domestication and Utilization. Economic Botany 65:129-14

Morris. J., O'Brien, L., Ambrose-Oji, B., Lawrence. A. and Carter C. (2011). Access to all? Barriers to accessing woodlands and forests in the UK. Local Environment. 16(4):375-396.

Ambrose Oji, B (2011). Wild Product Governance: Finding Policies that Work for Non-timber Forest Products. . Mountain Research and Development 31:178-179.

Ambrose Oji, B. (2003). Reviewing the contribution of NTFPs to livelihoods of the forest poor: evidence from the tropical forest in South West Cameroon. International Forestry Review, 5(2):106-117.

Lawrence, A. and Ambrose-Oji, B., with Lysinge, R. and Tako, C. (2000). Exploring local values for forest biodiversity on Mount Cameroon. Mountain Research and Development, 20(2):112-115.

Books and book chapters

O’Brien, L.; B. Ambrose- Oji; S. Waite; J. Aronsson; and M. Tighe. (2016). Learning on the Move: Green Exercise for Children and Young People. In Green Exercise: Linking Nature, Health and Wellbeing, ed. J. Barton; R. Bragg; C. Wood; and J. Pretty.

Lawrence, A., and Ambrose-Oji., B. (2013). A framework for sharing experiences of community woodland groups. Research Notes. Edinburgh: Forestry Commission.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2011). Mainstreaming gender in the UK forest sector: livelihoods and equality of access to forest benefits. In Forests and Gender , ed. L. Aguilar; D.M.P.D. Shaw; and A. Quesada-Aguilar, 83-88. Gland, Switzerland and New York, NY: IUCN and WEDO.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2010). Environmental Sociology and International Forestry: Historical Overview and Future Directions in Woodgate, G and Redclift, M (eds) The International Handbook of Sociology III. Edward Elgar, London. ISBN 978-1-84844-088-3.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2009). Defining the Spaces and Places for African Indigenous Vegetables in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture pp 1-34 in Shackleton, C.M, Pasquini, M.W and Drescher, A.W, (eds) African Indigenous Vegetables in Urban Agriculture. Earthscan, London. ISBN 978-1-8440-7715-1.

Ambrose-Oji, B., and Mughogho, N. (2007). The uses of Adansonia grandidieri, A. rubrostipa and A. za as vegetable oils. In van der Vossen, H and Makimilo, G eds. Vegetable Oils PROTA Volume 14, PROTA Wageningen, Netherlands.

Ambrose-Oji, B., with Allmark, T., Buckley, P., Clements, B. and Woodgate, G. (2005). The Environmental State in the Forest: Of Lookouts, Lumberjacks, Leopards and Losers? Livelihoods and participatory forest biodiversity conservation in SW Cameroon. In Redclift, M. and Woodgate, G., eds, New Developments in Environmental Sociology, London. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Stockdale, M., and Ambrose, B. (1996). Mapping and NTFP Inventory: Participatory Assessment Methods for Forest-dwelling Communities in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. In; Carter, J. (ed.) Recent Approaches to Participatory Forest Resource Assessment, ODI, London.

Articles in trade publications

Ambrose- Oji, B . (2013). Urban woodlands in Scotland: proven values of increasing access. Countryside Recreation Network 22:31.

Ambrose-Oji, B. and G. Roberts. 2013. Seeking sublime Snowdonia. In Landscape Research Extra.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2000). Can non-timber forest products come from a plantation?. Non-Wood News, 7: 20-21.

Reports and proceedings

Ambrose- Oji, B.; A. Buijs; B. Elands; and G. Havik. 2016. Stat of the Art review of innovative urban greenspace governance arrangements in Europe: Forest Research report to Greensurge project.

Ambrose- Oji, B.; L. O’Brien; J. Forster; T. Connolly; G. Cope; and A. Peace. 2016. Grow Wild Programme Evaluation Interim Results: Outcomes and Behaviour Change impacts, 118: Forest Research Report to Royal Botanic Garden Kew.

Buijs, A.; B. Elands; G. Havik; B. Ambrose-Oji; R. Cvejic; Y. Debellis; C. Davies; T. Delshammar; S. Erlwein; E. Gerőházi; J. Goodness; R. Hansen; H. Fors; A. van der Jagt; A. Luz; T. Mattijssen; M. Nastran; M. Steen Møller; R. Otten; E. Rall; A. Santos; M. Spanò; L. Száraz; I. Tosic; K. Vierikko; and S. Železnikar. 2016. Innovative Governance of Urban Greenspaces, 188. Collaborative report as part of the EU FP7 (ENV.2013.6.2-5-603567) GREEN SURGE project (2013-2017).

Hemery, G.; G. Petrokofsky; B. Ambrose-Oji; G. Atkinson; M. Broadmeadow; D. Edwards; C. Harrison; S. Lloyd; J. Mumford; L. O’Brien; C. Reid; M. Seville; M. Townsend; J. Weir; and A. Yeomans. 2015. Awareness, action and aspiration among Britain's forestry community relating to environmental change: Report of the British Woodlands Survey 2015. 

Ambrose- Oji, B.; E. Barron-Majerik; and M. Smith. 2015. Skills and Training for the Forestry and Timber Technology Sector in Scotland: A Scoping Study, 84. Roslin: A report by Inverness College UHI for Skills Devevlopment Scotland.

Ambrose- Oji, B.; L. O’Brien; A. Peace; T. Connolly; D. Edwards; and J. Morris. 2015. Grow Wild Programme Evaluation research design and methods, 71. Farnham, Surrey: Forest Research report to Grow Wild Royal Botanic Gardens,Kew.

Buijs, A.; T. Mattijssen; B. Elands; B. Ambrose-Oji; A. van der Jagt; T. Delshammar; A. Santos; H. Fors; E. Gerohazi; I. Tosic; K. Vierikko; R. Hansen; and M. Nastran. 2015. Assessment Framework for Urban Green Space Governance Arrangements Milestone 40. Collaborative report as part of the EU FP7 (ENV.2013.6.2-5-603567) GREEN SURGE project (2013-2017).

Buizer, M.; B. Elands; T. Mattijssen; A. van der Jagt; B. Ambrose-Oji; E. Gerőházi; A. Santos; and M. Steen Møller. 2015. The Governance of Urban Green Spaces in Selected EU Cities: Policies, Practices, Actors, Topics.

Smith, M.; A. Van der Jagt; and B. Ambrose-Oji. 2015. Local Learning Alliances and Corresponding Advisory Boards Established in Five Urban Learning Labs. Stakeholder composition and structure for the establishment of local Learning Alliances of the ULLs, 34: Forest Research report as part of the EU FP7 (ENV.2013.6.2-5-603567) GREEN SURGE project (2013-2017).

Lawrence, A.; A. Van der Jagt; B. Ambrose- Oji; and A. Stewart. 2014. Local authorities in Scotland: a catalyst for community engagement in urban forests? In Trees, People and the Built Environment II. University of Birmingham on 2-3 April, 2014: Institute of Chatered Foresters.

Ambrose-Oji, B.; V. Sarajev; A. Peace; T. Connolly; A. Stewart; J. Chetcuti; and D. Edwards. 2014. An Evaluation of the WIAT Challenge Fund: Changing use patterns, the value of recreation and health benefits, and lessons learned. Roslin, Midlothian:Forest Research.

O'Brien, E.; B. Ambrose- Oji; J. Morris; and D. Edwards. 2014. Civil society and flood resilience: Characterising flood risk volunteers and understanding motivations and benefits. In 20th Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, September 10-11 th

Ambrose- Oji, B. and M. Marzano. 2014. Diversity in FC Recruitment and Employment: Disability. Roslin, Midlothian: Forest Research.

Ambrose- Oji, B.; M. Marzano; and Y. Resources. 2014. Communicating the FC recreation offer to disabled people: Lessons from other recreation providers. Roslin, Midlothian:Forest Research.

Ambrose- Oji, B.; A. Van der Jagt; and S. O'Neil. 2014. Citizen Science: Social Media as a supporting tool. Farnham, Surrey: Forest Research.

Lawrence, A.; B. Ambrose- Oji; and E. O'Brien. 2014. Current approaches to supporting and working with communities on the National Forest Estate: Feedback from community organisations and FES delivery staff Roslin,Midlothian: Forest Research.

Ambrose-Oji, B., 2014. Do they know how to work with me? Supporting urban forestry by building social diversity into the forestry profession. . In Urban Forestry: Crossing Boundaries between Urban and Rural Forests. Lausanne, Switzerland: EFUF.

Edwards, D.; L. O’Brien; B. Ambrose-Oji; and J. Morris. 2014. Work Package 4 Report: Issues and options concerning FCRM volunteering. Farnham, Surrey:Forest Research for the Environment Agency.

O’Brien, L.; B. Ambrose-Oji; J. Morris; D. Edwards; and R. Williams. 2014. Volunteer's contribution to flood resilience. London: Environment Agency.

O’Brien, L.; B. Ambrose-Oji; R. Williams; and J. Morris. 2014. Case study, survey, diary and interview research on FCRM volunteering Report – SC120013/R3. Farnham, Surrey: Forest Research report to the Environment Agency.

Ambrose- Oji, B. 2013. Mindfulness Practice in Woods and Forests: An Evidence Review, 35. Farnham, Surrey: Forest Research.

Ambrose-Oji, B.; L. O’Brien; M. J; and R. Williams. 2013. FCRM volunteer baseline data and typology development Report – SC120013/R1t. With supporting resource spreadsheet: ‘EA volunteer case studies baseline dataset - 97 examples’. Farnham, Surrey: Forest Research Report to the Environment Agency.

Morris, J.; R. Williams; L. O’Brien; and B. Ambrose-Oji. 2013. Work Package 2 Report: Developing an FCRM evaluation framework. Report by Forest Research for the Environment Agency. With two supporting resource spreadsheets: ‘EA volunteer evaluation review’ and ‘EA evaluation framework criteria and indicators’. Farnham, Surrey: Forest reserach report to the Environment Agency.

Ambrose- Oji, B. 2013. Community Woodlands and Community Woodland Groups in England: Sustainability, Networking and Voice. Workshop Synthesis Report, 16. Farnham, Surrey: Forest Reserach.

Stewart, A. and B. Ambrose-Oji. 2013. A survey of Forestry Commission staff on understanding and use of social media. Farnham, Surrey: Forest Research.

Stewart, A.; B. Ambrose-Oji; and J. Morris. 2012. Social media and forestry: Scoping study. Farnham, Surrey:Forest Research.

Ambrose- Oji, B. and T. Pagella. 2012. Spatial Analysis and Prioritisation of Cultural Ecosystem Services: A Review of Methods. Farnham, Surrey: Forest Research.

Ambrose-Oji, B.; G. Valatin; A. Stewart; V. Sarajevs; and P. Handley. 2012. Evaluation of Better Woodlands for Wales Grant Scheme. Alice Holt, Farnham: Forest Research report to Welsh Government.

Ambrose- Oji, B. 2012. The impacts of woodlands on individual and community wellbeing: Qualitative evidence from Wales, Scotland and England. Evidence Presentation Briefing Note 2 - Physical Activity and the Natural Environment: Physical Activity and Nutrition Networks.

Marzano, M.; B. Ambrose- Oji; and N. Dandy. 2012. Employment Relocation: An evaluation of the Forestry Commission Scheme. Roslin, Scotland: Forest Research.

Dandy, N.; B. Ambrose-Oji; P. Handley; and K. Watts. 2013. Land-Manager Networks Project - WP2 Network Analysis and Segmenation. Farnham,Surrey: Fores Research.

Dandy, N.; P. Handley; D. Moseley; K. Watts; and B. Ambrose-Oji. 2012. Landscape-scale Method to Identify and Engage Woodland Managers. Farnham, Surrey: Forest Research.

Dandy, N.; P. Handley; D. Moseley; K. Watts; and B. Ambrose-Oji. 2012. Woodland Managers Network Project: Interim report. Farnham, Surrey:Forest Research.

Ambrose-Oji, B.; C. Carter; D. Moseley; and A. Lawrence. 2011. UK Planning Systems: Integrating Woodlands and Trees. Farnham: Forest Research.

Rolls, W., Doick K., Dandy, N., and Ambrose-Oji, B., (2011). Growing Woodfuel on Former Landfill Sites. Contract report to Warwickshire County Council.

Ambrose-Oji, B., Tabbush, P., Carter, C., Frost, B and Fielding, K. (2011). Public Engagement in Forestry: A toolbox for public participation in forest and woodland planning. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. ISBN: 978-0-85538-829-4.

Ambrose-Oji, B. and Fancett, K., eds. (2011). Woods and Forests in British Society: Progress in research and practice (PDF-2066K) . Conference proceedings, Forest Research Monograph, 3, Forest Research, Surrey, 97pp. ISBN 978-0-85538-828-7.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2011). Volunteering and Forestry Commission Wales: Scope, opportunities and barriers (PDF-1162K) . Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey. 45pp.

Ambrose-Oji. B., Lawrence, A., Wallace, J. and Stewart, A. (2011). Constructing partnerships with state forestry, the British experience. in Ambrose-Oji, B., and Fancett, K., (eds) 2011, Woods and Forests in British Society: Progress in research and practice (PDF-1646) . Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey. Pp 67-73.

Lawrence, A., Wilmot, Z., Tidey, P., Pollard, A., Hollingdale, J., Harris, K., Calvert, A., Ambrose-Oji, B. (2011). The evolution of community woodlands in Scotland, Wales and England in Ambrose-Oji, B., and Fancett, K., (eds) 2011, Woods and Forests in British Society: Progress in research and practice. Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey. Pp 74-80.

Lawrence, A. and B. Ambrose-Oji. 2011. Understanding the effects of community woodlands and forests in Great Britain. In 18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference. Edinburgh. 28 June - 2 July 2010: Forestry Commission, Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry,.

Tabbush, P and Ambrose-Oji, B. (2011). Principles of Public Engagement. Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey. 14pp.

Tabbush, P and Ambrose-Oji, B. (2011). Public Engagement and Forestry: Key Lessons for Working in Urban Areas. Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey. 22pp.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2010). Social diversity in the forestry profession (PDF-1616K) . Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey. 45pp.

Ambrose-Oji, B., Wallace, J., Lawrence, A., and Stewart, A. (2010). Forestry Commission working with civil society (PDF-1410K) . Research Report, Forest Research. Alice Holt Lodge Farnham, Surrey.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2009). Preferences of Minority and Ethnic Communities in Scottish Forests. Research Note (4pp). Forestry Commission Scotland, Edinburgh.

Ambrose-Oji, B., Garrod, B., Bullen. K and Wong, J. (2008). Volunteering in the UK Countryside: A Review of typologies and modes of engagement. Report to CIRRE.

Ambrose-Oji, B., Wong, J., Garrod, B. and Bullen, K. (2008). Volunteers and voluntary action: connecting urban populations with the Welsh countryside and post-industrial landscapes. Presented at the Natur conference “Urban and Post-industrial Wales: connecting People and Nature”, 4th – 5th March, 2008, Future Inn, Cardiff.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2008). Communicating research: How do researchers link to the policy making process? Presented at the IndigenoVeg policy dialogue workshop “The promotion of indigenous vegetables in African urban and periurban spaces: Production, consumption, poverty alleviation and policy”, 23-26 January 2008, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Ambrose-Oji, B. and Taylor, R. (2007). Forestry – a new future for rural Europe. Summarised proceedings of the 3rd Robinwood International Conference 14th – 16th February, Venu Cymru, Llandudno.

Wong, J. and Ambrose-Oji, B. (2006). Achieving Effective Rhododendron Control. Summary and Recommendations from an Expert Workshop. National Trust and WildResources Limited.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2005). Instituting Participatory and Community Focused Research: A new Vision for the Himachal Pradesh State Forest Service. Report to URS and HPFSRP.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2005). Support for the establishment of Coetir Mynydd community woodland group, and Parc Yr Ocar Process report to Coetir Mynydd.

Ambrose-Oji, B., Lawrence, A., Wong, J., Lysinge, R., Fraser, P.J., Hall, J., O’connor, H. and Healey, J. (2002). Obtaining Local Values For Biodiversity. e-Conference on Participatory Monitoring And Evaluation Of Biodiversity: The Art And The Science. ETFRN 7-25 January 2002.

Wong, J., Ambrose-Oji, B., Hall, J.B., Healey, J., Kenfack, D., Lawrence, A., Lysinge, R. and Ndam, N. (2002). Generating an index of local biodiversity value. e-Conference on Participatory Monitoring And Evaluation Of Biodiversity: The Art And The Science. ETFRN 7-25 January 2002.

Wong J., Ambrose-Oji, B., Lawrence, A., Lysinge, R., and Healey, J. (2002). Ranks, counts and scores as a means of quantifying local biodiversity values. e-Conference on Participatory Monitoring And Evaluation Of Biodiversity: The Art And The Science. ETFRN 7-25 January 2002.

Wong, J, Ambrose-Oji, B, Lawrence, A, Lysinge, R, Fraser, P.J., Healey, J, and Hall, J. (2001). Participatory biodiversity evaluation in complex agroforests, Proceedings CGIAR Workshop on Farmer knowledge and management of complex agroforests: can profitability and conservation be combined?”, Jakarta, Indonesia, August 2001.

Allmark, T., Ambrose-Oji, B., Clements, B., Gauthier, R. and Woodgate, G. (2000). Chile in the greenhouse. Contradictory environmental states. Proceedings, International Sociological Association:RC24 Conference The Environmental State Under Pressure, Chicago 6-7th August 1999.

Clements, B., Allmark, T., Ambrose-Oji, B., Rogers, A. and Woodgate, G. (2000). Eco-activism and the environmental state: direct action protest and local (non) participatory democracy. Proceedings, International Sociological Association:RC24 Conference The Environmental State Under Pressure, Chicago 6-7th August 1999.

Woodgate, G., Ambrose-Oji, B., Fernandez Durán, R., Guzmán, G. and Sevilla Guzmán, E. (1999). Alternative Food and Agriculture Networks: an agroecological perspective on responses to economic globalisation and the ‘New’ Agrarian Question. Proceedings EU COST A12 Workshop on Rural Innovations, University of Cordoba, Spain, June 10th-12th, 1999.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (1997). Valuing Forest Products from Mount Cameroon, in African Rainforests and the Conservation of Biodiversity. Proceedings of the Limbe Conference, Cameroon 17th -23rd January 1997, Earthwatch, Oxford, UK.

Brocklesby M.A., and Ambrose-Oji, B. (1997). Neither the Forest nor the Farm ...... Livelihoods in the Forest Zone - the Role of Shifting Agriculture on Mount Cameroon. Rural Development Forestry Network Paper, ODI, London

Brocklesby, M.A., Ambrose Oji, B., and Tekwe, C.F. (1997). Developing Participatory Forest Management - The User Group Analysis on Mount Cameroon, in African Rainforests and the Conservation of Biodiversity. Proceedings of the Limbe Conference, Cameroon 17th -23rd January 1997, Earthwatch, Oxford, UK.

Training materials

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2006). Social, Economic and Cultural Values attached to Forests and Woodland. Social Issues in Forest Management, Distance Learning Forestry course DDL4201, SENR, Bangor University.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2006). Gender, Trees and Forestry. Social Issues in Forest Management Distance Learning Forestry course DDL4201, SENR, Bangor University.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2006). Inclusive Approaches to Forest Management. Social Issues in Forest Management Distance Learning Forestry course DDL4201, SENR, Bangor University.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2006). Communities and Community Based Forest Management. Social Issues in Forest Management Distance Learning Forestry course DDL4201, SENR, Bangor University.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2006). Landscape Approaches to Forest Evaluation. Social Issues in Forest Management Distance Learning Forestry course DDL4201, SENR, Bangor University.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2006). Participatory Resource Assessment, Social Issues in Forest Management, Distance Learning Forestry course DDL4201, SENR, Bangor University.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2005). Researching Communities and Forestry in Himachal Pradesh: A Manual of Tools and Techniques. Himachal Pradesh Forest Department. URS and HPFSRP.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2003). Social Research and Values Attached to Forests in Church and Monastery sites, Ethiopia. A Manual of Tools and Techniques. SAFS, University of Bangor, Darwin Project.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2002). Best Practice Guidance: Including communities and other stakeholders in the planning of regeneration projects on quarry sites. SAFS, Bangor University LIFE project.