Towards an Agenda for Social Science Contributions on the Human Dimensions of Forest Health
This chapter lays the foundations for future social science research in tree health. A broad range of pests, pathways and stakeholders are considered by the authors, who explore the significance of collaborative approaches to management to ensure inclusion of diverse values, experiences, impacts and agency. The chapter highlights the complexities involved when tree health at local scales is set within the global context of market pressures, harvesting practices, governance processes and ‘risky’ behaviours that can contribute to pest introduction, establishment and spread. As social science research in tree health develops, there is a need for closer interdisciplinary engagement between natural and social scientists and between social scientists and policy. The arts and humanities may also offer insights and new ways of understanding the human dimensions of tree health.
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