The Human Dimensions of Forest and Tree Health

Global Perspectives

  • Julie Urquhart
  • Mariella Marzano
  • Clive Potter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Julie Urquhart, Mariella Marzano, Clive Potter
    Pages 1-20
  3. Tom Williamson, Gerry Barnes, Toby Pillatt
    Pages 21-45
  4. Simon Lambert, Nick Waipara, Amanda Black, Melanie Mark-Shadbolt, Waitangi Wood
    Pages 109-137 Open Access
  5. John Fellenor, Julie Barnett, Glyn Jones
    Pages 139-164
  6. Julie Urquhart, Julie Barnett, John Fellenor, John Mumford, Clive Potter, Christopher P. Quine
    Pages 165-192
  7. E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Caroline Strömberg, Maria Pettersson, Johanna Boberg, Maartje Klapwijk, Jonàs Oliva Palau et al.
    Pages 193-210
  8. Will Allen, Andrea Grant, Lynsey Earl, Rory MacLellan, Nick Waipara, Melanie Mark-Shadbolt et al.
    Pages 269-298 Open Access
  9. Katherine M. Mattor, Stuart P. Cottrell, Michael R. Czaja, John D. Stednick, Eric R. V. Dickenson
    Pages 355-381
  10. Emily Jane Davis, Eric M. White, Meagan L. Nuss, Donald R. Ulrich
    Pages 383-417
  11. Alison Dyke, Hilary Geoghegan, Annemarieke de Bruin
    Pages 445-470
  12. Will Allen, Andrea Grant, Lynsey Earl, Rory MacLellan, Nick Waipara, Melanie Mark-Shadbolt et al.
    Pages E1-E1
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 489-498

About this book


This book explores the specifically human dimensions of the problem posed by a new generation of invasive pests and pathogens to tree health worldwide. The growth in global trade and transportation in recent decades, along with climate change, is allowing invasive pests and pathogens to establish in new environments, with profound consequences for the ecosystem services provided by trees and forests, and impacts on human wellbeing. The central theme of the book is to consider the role that social science can play in better understanding the social, economic and environmental impacts of such tree disease and pest outbreaks. Contributions include explorations of how pest outbreaks are socially constructed, drawing on the historical, cultural, social and situated contexts of outbreaks; the governance and economics of tree health for informing policy and decision-making; stakeholder engagement and communication tools; along with more philosophical approaches that draw on environmental ethics to consider 'non-human' perspectives. Taken together the book makes theoretical, methodological and applied contributions to our understanding of this important subject area and encourages researchers from across the social sciences and humanities to bring their own disciplinary perspectives and expertise to address the complexity that is the human dimensions of forest and tree health.

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Tree disease Risk communication Stakeholder engagement United States Forest Service Forest biosecurity Environmental ethics anthropocentrism biocentrism digital forestry ecosystem services environmental ethics Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) Forest Research (FR) FSC® certification (Forest Stewardship Council) Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Pine processionary moth (Thaumetopeo pityocampa Schiffemüller) Tree Health & Plant Biosecurity Initiative forest ownership

Editors and affiliations

  • Julie Urquhart
    • 1
  • Mariella Marzano
    • 2
  • Clive Potter
    • 3
  1. 1.Countryside & Community Research InstituteUniversity of GloucestershireGloucesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Forest ResearchEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Imperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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