People, trees and woodlands

This research aims to develop an understanding about the relationships between forestry and society by concentrating on the social dimensions of sustainable forest management.

About this research: its objectives, methods and ethics

Research topics

Research is performed by the Social and Economic Research Group.

Cross-cutting social and economic research topics


Related resources and services

  • Research Forests - Conduct studies with access to 50 years’ scientific data
  • Social research services to the forestry sector:
    • Advice on the design and conduct of social research
    • Research project design and management
    • Advice on social issues in forestry
    • Evaluation of social programmes
    • Advice on the design and conduct of research exploring governance and public involvement.

For further information contact

Dr. Liz O'Brien

What's of interest

January 2014 : a new study commissioned by Forest Research highlights the role of local authorities in England, in woodland management, community woodlands and social enterprises. See the Shared Assets (PDF-2343K)report for more information.

UK Government Independent Forestry Panel publishes three reviews commissioned from Forest Research

Front cover
Trees, people and the built environment

Conference proceedings

Cover of Trees and forests in British society
Trees and forests in British society

How our scientists explored what Britain’s trees and woodlands mean to people, how they are used and how they can contribute to the social and cultural life of the country.

Presentations and abstracts from the 2010 conference

Related pages

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