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A Behavioural Scientist role in the Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) within the Centre for Forest Management at Forest research (FR).

Programmes within the Centre focus strongly on interdisciplinary research. Using a mix of disciplines within FR to address some of the many complex social and environmental problems facing those concerned with Britain’s trees woods and forests. The Centre also collaborates widely with universities and other research institutes.

SERG is a busy, dynamic and agile group involved in a suite of projects that develop scientific understanding and practical advice on a range of social, cultural and governance issues relating to the use, engagement and management of British trees and forests. The team currently comprises thirteen social scientists. SERG researchers focus on three broad thematic work areas; firstly, well-being and woodlands; secondly, land manager behaviours; and thirdly, social dimensions of tree health.

The group work on several cross-cutting research issues including urban forestry; climate change and society; public engagement with woods, forest and nature; evaluation of behaviour change interventions and integration of research knowledge into policy and practice. As well as delivering high quality evidence and applied outputs direct to research commissioners, the group has a strong publishing record in a range of high impact social science, policy related and forestry journals.

Members of the group are based at various locations. Alice Holt Lodge near Farnham, the Northern Research Station near Edinburgh, and the Forestry Commission national office in Bristol. The group is seeking to appoint a Behavioural Scientist to undertake and support the group’s research across the portfolio of projects. There will be particular emphasis on understanding, influencing, sustaining and changing the behaviours of land managers, stakeholders and also a variety of publics connected with the three central research themes. Click here for further information about SERG and the wider social and economic research services within Forest Research.

This Behavioural Scientist role can be based at either of the Forest Research stations: Alice Holt, Farnham, GU10 4LH or Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9SY or at the Forestry Commission’s National Office in Bristol, BS16 1EJ. Blended working gives the option to work some of the week from home, and some from the workplace. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. See further details about our locations via this link.

Part of the Forestry Commission (FC), FR is one of the world’s leading institutes in research focused on woodlands and forestry. We have a strong international reputation for excellent applied and interdisciplinary research. Work is undertaken for the FC;  other government departments; and a wide range of customers and clients (including research councils, the European Union and local authorities). Collaboration across disciplines and partnership with other research organisations in the UK and internationally is also strongly encouraged. Please explore www.forestresearch.gov.uk to find out further information about our organisation.

For further information about the role, and to apply, please click ‘Apply Now’ below.