Forestry, science and society

3rd May 2007

What was the event?

Forestry has been forced to adapt to societal changes over the centuries, and this process has accelerated in recent years; especially in response to the sustainability discourse. The current phase is described as “post-industrial”, to indicate a reduction of emphasis on timber production in favour of environmental services such as biodiversity and recreation.

This seminar discussed:

  • What sort of evidence is needed by policy makers?
  • Expert-driven quantitative evidence vs. qualitative methods
  • Is there a “third way” between reductionist neo-classical economics, and qualitative social science?

Seminar details (PDF-22K)

The seminar was given by Paul Tabbush, then Head of the Social and Economic Research Group at Forest Research.

Who was the event suitable for?

Forestry, social and other scientists including researchers and students.

Where did the event take place?

Room 45A AZ 04
Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES)
School of Engineering
University of Surrey


Jana Owens
CES Secretary
Tel: + 44 (0)1483 686675