Towards a More-Than-Human Approach to Tree Health

  • Alison Dyke
  • Hilary Geoghegan
  • Annemarieke de Bruin


New ways of working and thinking in relation to tree health and plant biosecurity are required. The climate is changing, and the number of pests and diseases is increasing. A review of the social science literature on plant health reveals that scholars are not quite sure what this ‘new thinking’ might entail. In this chapter, we begin the process of reimagining tree health by starting with the trees and our research engagement with them. Trees are acknowledged in this chapter as never static, but rather fluid, shape-shifters, translated across time and space. Health and disease are revealed as relational, and a fixed approach to tree health management won’t work. In a world of rapid change, this way of working is not just relevant for trees.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison Dyke
    • 1
  • Hilary Geoghegan
    • 2
  • Annemarieke de Bruin
    • 1
  1. 1.Stockholm Environment InstituteUniversity of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Environmental ScienceUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

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