David Edwards, BSc, MSc, PhD

Project Manager

David Edwards

Email: david.edwards@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5932
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Dr David Edwards is a social scientist who joined Forest Research in 2004. His research focuses on two related agendas. First, he works at the interfaces between science, policy and practice, seeking to enhance the impact of research on forestry decision-making. Second, he works towards greater realisation of the social and cultural values associated with forests so that these are captured more effectively within policy, planning and management.

David has degrees in Biology (Durham), Forestry (Oxford), and African Studies (Edinburgh). His PhD explored the social and ecological causes and consequences of land use change over a 100 year period in southern Tanzania. Previously, he worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Nepal, where he researched the trade in medicinal and aromatic plants to India, and how this might be incorporated into community forestry programmes.

Current role

Project Manager, Social and Economic Research Group

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

Current programmes

David is programme manager of a new FC-funded programme ‘Integrating research for policy and practice’. He coordinates a series of action research case studies, whereby interdisciplinary teams seek to address key research challenges identified by forestry sector stakeholders. Examples of case studies include the co-design of decision support systems with end-users, and working with the private sector to develop and test new ways to increase sustainable wood mobilisation from under-managed forests.

He has developed and applied a range of frameworks, methods and tools to assess the cultural ecosystem services associated with forests. These include: a) social and cultural indicators for monitoring and evaluation of forestry policies and programmes; b) modelling long-term impacts of changes in management regimes on the recreational value of forests across Europe, and c) deliberative processes with environmental artists, forest managers and local communities to create new public discourses around the cultural meanings and values associated with ancient semi-natural woodland.

Current and recent projects include:

  • SIMWOOD – Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood (European Commission)
  • Volunteers’ Contribution to Flood Resilience (Environment Agency)
  • Future Forest: the Black Wood: Rannoch Scotland (Creative Scotland)
  • MOTIVE – MOdels for AdapTIVE Forest Management
  • NorToSIA – Assessing Sustainability of Forest Based Activities inRural Areas of the Northern Periphery
  • EFORWOOD – Sustainability Impact Assessment of the Forest Wood Chain
  • A valuation of the economic and social contribution of Forestry for People in Scotland (Forestry Commision)

Research areas

  • Science-policy-practice interface
  • Evaluating research impact
  • Behaviour change
  • Cultural ecosystem services
  • Participatory modelling
  • Governance of forest landscapes
  • Bio-cultural heritage

Main recent publications

Edwards, D., Collins, T. and Goto, R. (2016). An arts-led dialogue to elicit shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems. Ecosystem Services 21: 319–328

Edwards, D., Collins, T. and Goto, R. (2016) Does the Conservation status of a Caledonian Forest also indicate Cultural Ecosystem Value? Chapter 9 in: Agnoletti, M. and Emanueli, F. (eds) Biocultural Diversity in Europe. Environmental History, Vol. 5. Springer, Berlin, Germany.

Hemery, G., Ambrose-Oji, B., Atkinson, G., Edwards, D., Lloyd, S., O’Brien, L., Reid, C., Townsend, M., Weir, J., Yeomans, A., Petrokofsky, G.P. (2015) Awareness, actions and aspirations among Britain's forestry community to environmental change: Report of the British Woodlands Survey 2015. 31pp.

Edwards, D. (2015) Cultural and spiritual values. pp 207-8 in: State of Europe’s Forests 2015. Forest Europe.

Verkerk, P.J., Mavsar, R., Giergiczny, M., Lindner, M., Edwards, D. and Schelhaas, M.J. (2014). Assessing impacts of intensified biomass production and biodiversity protection on ecosystem services provided by European forests. Ecosystem Services, 9(2014): 155-165.

Collins, T., Goto, R. and Edwards, D. (2014). Future Forest: Caledonian Black Wood, Aware Access. pp 66-81 in: Griffith, D. (ed). Imagining Natural Scotland. Creative Scotland, UK.

Collins, T., Goto, R. and Edwards, D. (2014). Future Forest, Black Wood, Rannoch Scotland. Landscape Research Group and Forest Research, UK. 52pp.

Edwards, D., Saraev, V. and Valatin, G. (2014). Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) 2010 Forestry Baseline Survey: Final Report. Forest Research, Roslin, Scotland. 36pp.

Kenter, J.O., Reed, M.S., Everard, M., Irvine, K.N., O’Brien, E., Molloy, C., Bryce, R., Brady, E., Christie, M., Church, A., Collins, T., Cooper, N., Davies, A., Edwards, D., Evely, A., Fazey, I., Goto, R., Hockley, N., Jobstvogt, N., Orchard-Webb, J., Ravenscroft, N., Ryan, M., Watson, V. (2014). Shared, plural and cultural values: A handbook for decision-makers. UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on phase. Cambridge, UNEP-WCMC.

Moseley, D., Dandy, N., Edwards, D. and Valatin, G. (2014). Potential behavioural policy ‘nudges’ to encourage woodland creation for climate change mitigation. Forest Research, Roslin, Scotland. 39pp.

Edwards, D., O’Brien, L., Ambrose-Oji, B. and Morris, J. (2014). Work Package 4 Report: Issues and options concerning FCRM volunteering. Report SC120013, Environment Agency, Bristol, UK.

O’Brien, L., Ambrose-Oji, B., Morris, J., Edwards, D. and Williams, R. (2014). Volunteers’ contribution to flood resilience. Environment Agency. Bristol, UK. 8pp.

Young, J.C., Waylen, K.A., Sarkki, Sl, Albon, S., Bainbridge, I., Balian, E., Davidson, J., Edwards, D., Fairley, R., Margerison, C., McCracken, D., Owen, R., Quine, C.P., Stewart-Roper, C., Thompson, D., Tinch, R., Van den Hove, S. and Watt, A. (2014). Improving the science-policy dialogue to meet the challenges of biodiversity conservation: having conversations rather than talking at one-another. Biodiversity Conservation, 23: 387-404.

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.

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.