Mireia Pecurul Botines, MSc, PhD

Social Scientist

Mireia Pecurul Botines

Email: mireia.pecurul@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 0300 5900
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Dr Mireia Pecurul-Botines is a social scientist who has an interdisciplinary background in natural and social sciences (MSc. in European Forestry and a Ph.D. in Environmental Politics). Her research aims to bridge social and environmental policies and work towards better integration of forest communities’ needs and perspectives into research and forest related policies. For example, in her Ph.D. thesis, she chose to study the impact of European conservation programmes on local conservation approaches drawing attention to how local context matters in explaining different governance outputs in European forest conservation policy implementation. 

Prior to joining Forest Research in October 2015, she had experience in the fields of public involvement in forest planning and the evaluation of diverse environmental governance projects in Europe through her involvement in two FP6 projects. She has also engaged in research and networking activities in the field of wellbeing and woodlands by coordinating the EU project COSTE39 Spanish team.

Current role

Social scientist, Social and Economic Research group

Current projects

Mireia is supporting various programmes which can be divided in to main areas: resilience and wellbeing.

Resilience work includes: i) analysis of existing forest policy frameworks (e.g.: UKFS)  under resilience lenses; ii) qualitative research exploring socio-ecological understandings of resilience and whether grants and other informal mechanism can influence forest owners’ behaviour; iii) Identify examples of forest management practices for future proofing.

Wellbeing work includes evaluation of how participation on projects (e.g.: Grow Wild; Westonbirt) that bring people into natural environments could change people’s sense of well-being and their behaviour.

Finally, in the frame of the EU SIMWOOD project, I assisted our European partners in their own pilot projects evaluation. Those pilot projects aim to increase wood mobilization in Europe through technical and social innovations.

Research areas

  • Resilience
  • Science-policy-practice interface
  • Forest and environmental governance
  • Participatory forest planning and national forest programmes
  • Wellbeing and woodlands

Selected publications

Whittet R., Cottrell, J., Carvers S., Pecurul M., A Ennos R. 2016. Supplying trees in an era of environmental uncertainty: Identifying challenges faced by the forest nursery sectors in Great Britain. Land Use Policy, 58: 415-426.

Pecurul M., Di Gregorio, M., Paavola, J. 2014. Discourses of conflict and collaboration and institutional context in the implementation of forest conservation policies in Soria (Spain). Biodiversity & Conservation; 23: 3483–3499.

Pecurul M., de Peray J. 2010. Working toward sustainable public health through the interrelation between environmental and social factors: SESPAS. Gac. Sanit; 24 (1): 74-77.

Pecurul M. 2009. Book review: Governing a common sea: environmental policies in the Baltic Sea region. Edited by Marko Joas, Detlef Jahn, and Kristine Kern, London, Earthscan, 2008,xiv þ 230 pp.,  ISBN 978-1-84407-537-9. In: Environmental Politics, 18: 3, 444 – 466.

Pecurul M. et al. 2007. The COSTE 39 Action in Spain: The contribution of green spaces and forests to health enhancement.  Ambienta; 64: 55-60.