The Future of UK Treescapes programme aims to advance understanding of the type and scale of woodland planting and forest establishment that will be needed in the UK to address the complex challenges of climate change and build resilience, promote ecosystem restoration and safeguard tree health, and respond to socio-economic and cultural drivers. The programme is funded by UKRI, through NERC, AHRC and ESRC, with contributions from Defra and the Welsh and Scottish governments.
Dr Julie Urquhart, Associate Professor in Environmental Social Science, at CCRI, is playing a central part in the planning, positioning and delivery of this ambitious initiative, as a programme Ambassador. Alongside fellow Ambassador Professor Clive Potter, her role includes working with research project teams to promote a shared sense of interdisciplinary endeavour and to facilitate extensive engagement with stakeholders and policymakers. As programme Ambassadors, they are responsible for bringing the research to the attention of policymakers and other stakeholders and influencers including the public, and for promoting the knowledge exchange that will be essential for the programme to achieve maximum impact.
Professor Potter and Dr Urquhart each have established track records as interdisciplinary researchers and bring to their roles as Ambassadors an understanding of how to convene projects which span the natural and social sciences, economics and the arts and humanities. They have an extensive knowledge of the relevant policy and stakeholder communities and of the benefits and challenges of designing and delivering truly interdisciplinary research projects.
Dr Alice Goodenough, Programme Manager for UK Treescapes, supports its delivery and the work of the Ambassadors. Alice has a background in facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration and investigation, specifically in the area of woodland focused enquiry, and is also a researcher at CCRI.
Project Updates and Activities
The University of Gloucestershire and Imperial College London are coordinating new research announced by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) exploring ways in which trees, woods and forest can help address climate change.
Next week a Climate Exp0 is taking place as a warm-up to the UN’s COP26 Climate Change Conference. CCRI’s Julie Urquhart will be chairing a session related to the Future of UK Treescape’s project.