BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, MA (Research Methods for Countryside Planning),
PhD (Forest Policy), FRGS

Telephone: +44 (0) 1242 715377






Julie is an environmental social scientist with research that focuses on human-environment relationships, particularly around natural resource management, spanning forestry, fisheries and agriculture. She often works as part of interdisciplinary teams, bringing social science expertise to policy-related research, alongside natural scientists and economists, and more recently with arts’ scholars. She has undertaken research for a range of funders, such as UKRI, the European Commission and the UK Government. Julie is also Ambassador of the NERC, ESRC & AHRC funded Future of UK Treescapes Programme (2020-2024), a £14.5M programme of research running for four years from 2020. For further information click here.

Julie joined the CCRI in September 2017, after previously working at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London on the UNPICK (Understanding public risk in relation to tree health) project, funded as part of the Tree Health & Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) under the auspices of the Living With Environmental Change Partnership (BBSRC, Defra, ESRC, Forestry Commission, NERC, Scottish Government). Prior to that Julie was based at the University of Greenwich, co-leading work on several European Interreg IVa 2 Seas projects (GIFS – Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability; TourFish – Tourism for Inshore Fishing, Food and Sustainability) and the Interreg IVa France-England project CHARM III (Channel integrated approach for marine resource management).

Recent projects include:

  • (2020-2021) AHRC-funded project “Changing treescapes: Making visible the cultural values at risk from tree pests and diseases through arts approaches (PI)
  • (2017-2021) EU Horizon 2020 project SURE-Farm (Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems)
  • (2018-2021) Defra-funded project “Understanding behaviours as the basis for policy design to improve the management of (tree health) outbreaks and to build resilient treescapes” (Co-I)
  • (2019-2020) Defra-funded project “Co-designing the principles for defining low impact fishing” (Co-I)
  • (2019) Defra-funded project “Assessing participation of the fishing sectors in UK science and management”
  • (2018-2019) Defra-funded project “Feasibility study for a social survey of fishers” (PI)

Selected Publications:

  • Meuwissen, M.P.M., Feindt, P.H., Slijper, T., Spiegel, A., Finger, R., de Mey, Y., Paas, W., Termeer, K., Poortvliet, M.,  Peneva, M., Urquhart, J., Vigani, M., Black, J.E., Nicholas-Davies, P., Maye, D., Appel, F., Heinrich F., Balmann, A., Bijttebier, J., Coopmans, I., Wauters, E., Mathijs, E., ... Reidsma, P. (2021).  Impact of Covid-19 on farming systems in Europe through the lens of resilience thinking. Agricultural Systems, in press.
  • Maye, D., Fellenor, J., Potter, C., Urquhart, J. & Barnett, J. (2021) What’s the beef?: Debating meat, matters of concern and the emergence of online issue publics, Journal of Rural Studies, 84, 134-146.
  •  Vigani, M., Urquhart, J., Black, J.E., Berry, R., Dwyer, J., Rose, D.C. (2020) Post-Brexit policies for a resilient arable farming sector in England, Eurochoices, 2020/4/7.
  •  Urquhart, J., Potter, C., Barnett, J., Fellenor, J., Mumford, J. & Quine, C.P. (2019) ‘Using Q Methodology to Explore Risk Perception and Public Concern about Tree Pests and Diseases: The Case of Ash Dieback’, Forests, 10:9.
  •  Meuwissen, M., Feindt, P.H., Spiegel, A., Termeer, C.J.A.M., Mathija, E., de Mey, Y., Finger, R., Balmann, A., Wauters, E., Urquhart, J., Vigani, M., et al. (2019) ‘A framework to assess the resilience of farming systems, Agricultural Systems, 176, 102656.
  •  Fellenor, J., Barnett, J., Potter, C., Urquhart, J., Mumford, J., Quine, C. & Raum, S. (2019), ‘”I’d like to report a suspicious looking tree”: public concern, public attention and the nature of reporting about ash dieback in the UK’, Public Understanding of Science.
  • 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.
  •  Marzano, M., Keskitalo, E.C.H., Holmes, T., Haight, R., Allen, W., Langer, L., Mark-Shadbolt, M., Urquhart, J. & Dandy, N. (2017), ‘The role of the social sciences in understanding and informing plant biosecurity policy and planning: a global synthesis’, Biological Invasions, 19, 11, 3317-3332.
  •  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.
  •  Potter, C. & Urquhart, J. (2017) ‘Tree Disease and Pest Epidemics in the Anthropocene: A review of the drivers, impacts and policy responses in the UK’, Forest Policy and Economics, special issue ‘Forest governance in the Anthropocene: a challenge for theory and practice’, 79, 61-68.
  •  Urquhart, J. & Acott, T. (2014) ‘A sense of place in cultural ecosystem services: The case of Cornish fishing communities’, Society and Natural Resources, 27, 1, 3-19.
  •  Urquhart, J., Acott, T., Reed, M. & Courtney, P. (2011), ‘Setting an agenda for social science research in fisheries policy in Northern Europe’, Fisheries Research, 108, 240-247.
  •  Urquhart, J. & Courtney, P. (2011), ‘Seeing the owner behind the trees: A typology of small-scale private woodland owners in England’, Forest Policy and Economics, 13:7, 535-544.

View Julie's publications on the University of Gloucestershire's Research Repository