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A Senior Social Scientist role to lead on operational team management, and to undertake and drive forward the group’s research across a portfolio of projects.

The Senior Social Scientist post holder will be a member of the Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) within the Centre for Forest Management. 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.

SERG is a busy, dynamic and agile group involved in a suite of projects. These develop scientific understanding and practical advice on a range of social, cultural, governance and economic issues relating to the use, engagement and management of British trees and forests. The team currently comprises fourteen social scientists. SERG researchers focus on three broad thematic work areas.

Firstly, well-being and woodlands. Including research on the health benefits of woodlands; social and cultural value of trees and woods; motivations and benefits of volunteering; impacts of education and learning in forest environments.

Secondly, land manager behaviours. Including research on land manager’s decision making for woodland creation and management, adaptation and resilience; the impacts of community woodlands and social enterprises; land manager engagement in policy and governance.

Thirdly, social dimensions of tree health including research on: behaviours of public and stakeholders in tree and plant supply chains and pathways; acceptability of pest management measures; stakeholder perceptions of risks and resilience. The group works 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 Alice Holt Lodge near Farnham, at the Northern Research Station near Edinburgh, and at the Forestry Commission national office in Bristol. The group is seeking to appoint a Senior Social Scientist to lead on operational team management, and also to undertake and drive forward the group’s research across a portfolio of projects.

This role can be based at either of the Forest Research stations. At Alice Holt, Farnham, GU10 4LH or Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9SY or at the Forestry Commission National Office in Bristol. 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.

As part of the Forestry Commission (FC) family, Forest Research (FR) is one of the world’s leading institutes in research focused on woodlands and forestry and also has a strong international reputation for excellent applied and interdisciplinary research. Work is undertaken for the FC, other government departments and also 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 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.