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7.03.15 - Social dimensions of forest health


Special Issue of FORESTS on Global Forest Health and Climate Change: Social, Economic and Environmental Implications

Drs. Mariella Marzano and Julie Urquhart are guest editors on a upcoming special issue of the open access journal Forests, which we think you might be interested in contributing to. The special issue will focus on the complex interrelationships between climate, globalisation and forest health. They are seeking both theoretical and empirical papers from across environmental, social and economic sciences that present new evidence or illustrate the possibilities and challenges of managing the impacts of increasing risks to forest health.

You are invited to submit an abstract to the guest editors in the first instance. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to submit manuscripts by 3 February 2021.

The Author Processing Charge (APC) for Forests is 1800 CHF, however an excellent discount of 50% has been negotiated for all contributors to the special issue, so the fee will be 900 CHF. In addition to this, it is hoped to obtain a complete waiver of the fee for one contribution. The decision on this will be made by the guest editors and preference will be given to contributors from developing countries or those who do not have access to funds for the APC.



Special Issue "Understanding Forest Health under Increasing Climate and Trade Challenges: Social System Considerations"

The Working Party "Social dimensions of forest health" welcomes articles for the special issue "Understanding Forest Health under Increasing Climate and Trade Challenges: Social System Considerations". Deadline for submissions is 31st March 2019.

Forest health is increasingly influenced by climate change as well as growing globalization and trade. Climate change results in species movement and species that have earlier had more limited impacts can potentially spread and gain impact under changing conditions. However, through the large plant trade and inadvertent movement of species (such as pests or fungi in soil) forest health is increasingly impacted by species not only originating in nearby areas but also from far away areas of the globe. As a result, new forest plant risks may occur that have largely been unprecedented, and with a potential that has been little managed so far in legislation and policy that may be more oriented towards supporting free trade. This special issue highlights the social system considerations around forest health: the ways in which specific legislative and policy systems, at the national, regional or local level, aim at regulating or managing increasing forest pest or invasive species risks and outbreak events, and the ways in which policy instruments, technologies or means of interaction, routines or engagement can be developed to manage plant pest and invasive species. This special issue thereby illustrates the possibilities and limitations in specific socio-economic and political systems to manage and limit the impacts of increasing challenges to forest health under climate change and globalization.



Hot off the press: The Human Dimensions of Forest and Tree Health - Global Perspectives

Urquhart, Julie, Marzano, Mariella, Potter, Clive (2018) The Human Dimensions of Forest and Tree Health - Global PerspectivesPalgrave Macmillan. eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-76956-1. Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-76955-4.

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.


Publication Alert

The following publications are newly available:

  • Marzano, M., Allen, W., Dandy, N., Haight, R., Holmes, T., Keskitalo, E.C.H., Langer, E.R., Shadbolt, M., Urquhart, J. (2017) The role of the social sciences in understanding and informing tree biosecurity policy and planning: a global synthesis. Biological Invasions 

  • Holmes, T.P., Allen, W., Haight, R.,  Keskitalo, E.C.H., Marzano, M., Pettersson, M., Quine, Q., Langer, E.R. (2017) Fundamental Economic Irreversibilities Influence Policies for Enhancing International Forest Phytosanitary Security. Current Forestry Reports 3: 244.

  • Urquhart, J., Potter, C., Barnett, J., Fellenor, J., Mumford, J. & Quine, C. (2017), ‘Expert risk perceptions and the social amplification of risk: a case study in invasive trees pests and diseases’, Environmental Science and Policy, 77, 172-178.

  • Urquhart, J., Potter, C., Barnett, J., Fellenor, J., Mumford, J., Quine, C. & Bayliss, H. (2017), ‘Awareness, concern and willingness to adopt biosecure behaviours: public perceptions of invasive tree pests and pathogens in the UK’, Biological Invasions, 19, 9, 2567-2582.



Publication alert

A new publication involving Carina Keskitalo as contributing author examines the mechanisms for prevention and management of potential introductions of forest insect pests and pathogens in the European Union (EU), challenges of combining free trade and movement of products, and public engagement in the upward battle of these potential threats against forests.

Title: Reducing the risk of invasive forest pests and pathogens: Combining legislation, targeted management and public awareness