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The Society and Environment Research Group along with our economist colleagues provide a range of social and economic research services to the forestry and environment sectors including:
We carry out research to develop a better understanding of the ways in which trees and woodlands can benefit society and how we make decisions about their creation, management and use.
Our research is grounded in and contributing to theory, and applying and developing a range of approaches and using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods.
We follow research ethical standards and practices to ensure the principles of integrity and quality, enabling participation, informed consent, confidentiality and data protection, avoiding harm, independence and impartiality.
Our research programmes include individual, community and society level perspectives of addressing public, private and cooperative land use and management issues. We carry out projects with/for the Forestry Commission in England and its equivalents in Scotland and Wales as well as other national and international collaborators.
The Society and Environment Research Group works in partnership with researchers and policy-makers in other government departments, universities and non-government organisations specialising in both qualitative and quantitative Social and Economic Science research methods. We also work with a variety of land management practitioners and local communities.
In recent times we have worked closely with a wide range of organisations:
Forestry Commission England and its equivalent in Scotland, Sport England, The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, The Royal Parks, The Environment Agency, The Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Central Scotland Green Network, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust, United States Department of Agriculture.
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