Bianca Ambrose-Oji

BSc, MSc (Oxon), PhD


Related research

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The social value and governance of street trees

The page summarises Forest Research’s work to identify the social and cultural values of street trees and determine the formal and informal rules and regulations that influence their management.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
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Evidence review: Equality and inclusion of social diversity with respect to woods and forests in the UK

The page summarises the findings a comprehensive review by Forest Research into equality and diversity in the UK forestry sector, including an analysis of how trees, woods and forests meet the main principles of diversity policy.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Social diversity and employment in the forestry profession

The page summarises findings from Forest Research’s social marketing scoping study to develop strategies to increase the number of Forestry Commission employees from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Review: landowners' attitudes to woodland creation and management in the UK

The page summarises findings from Forest Research’s review and analysis of the values, attitudes and knowledge that landowners hold about woodland management and creation.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
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Partnership working: third sector, local government and agency engagement with the Forestry Commission

The page summarises findings from Forest Research’s assessment of the most effective forms of partnership at the Forest Commission.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
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Community Woodlands and Forestry

Researching community involvement in woodland ownership, management and forest governance

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Community woodland enterprises and social enterprises

Rsearch projects exploring community woodland enterprises and social enterprises

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Community woodland group Case Studies

Case Studies about Community woodlands

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Impacts of community woodlands

research project exploring the impacts of community woodlands and forestry

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Public engagement in forestry

Supporting public engagement in forest governance and management

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Public engagement in forestry toolbox and guidance

A set of resources for public engagement in forestry

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Social media and Citizen Science

research project exploring social media and citizen science

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Social media in forestry

Research project exploring social media in forestry

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Greensurge

GREEN SURGE is an EU funded collaborative project between 24 partners in 11 European countries, targeted at meeting the demand by green space practitioners for knowledge and practical tools to improve the planning and governance of urban green spaces.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
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Kew Grow Wild Programme Evaluation

The purpose of the Grow Wild evaluation is to assess the impact on the people participating in two different kinds of activities, that make up the Grow Wild project.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Evaluation of the Better Woodlands for Wales grant scheme

This page summarises Forest Research’s evaluation of the Better Woodlands for Wales grant scheme.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Evaluating the uptake of decision support systems in the UK forestry sector

This page summarises the findings of a Forest Research study to assess the level of uptake of decision support systems within the UK forestry and land use sectors.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Accessibility and racial equality in the Forestry Commission

The page summarises findings from Forest Research’s assessment of the Forestry Commission’s fulfilment of duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 and its implementation of the Race Equality Scheme.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Assessing the contribution of forestry grants to equal access for disabled people for recreation in Scottish woods

The page summarises the findings of work by the OPENspace Research Centre in Edinburgh to develop methodologies for evaluating how much grant schemes support disability access to woodlands.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Equal access: enhancing access for disabled people to recreation opportunities, facilities and services in Scottish forests

The page summarises the findings of work by the OPENspace Research Centre to develop new guidance, tools and support for Forestry Commission staff to promote equal access for disabled people.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Spatial analysis and prioritisation of the social and cultural values attached to woodlands and forests

Project to develop and then test methods for mapping and spatially analysing the range of social and cultural ecosystem services provided by different kinds of woodlands to different segments of society

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Exploring disabled people's perceptions and use of forest recreation facilities

The page summarises the findings of a study by Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research to assess how disabled people perceived and experienced woodlands, and how these issues affect their use.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Behaviour of private land owners and managers

Research into private landowner decision-making, culture and their attitudes towards forestry.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research
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Assessing public and stakeholder attitudes to Pine Martens

Forest Research is undertaking attitudinal research with stakeholders and the public to understand levels of awareness about pine marten ecology, and perspectives around a potential re-introduction.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research
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Governance of community forests and woodlands in Great Britain

Understanding the range of meanings, experiences and impacts of community forestry in Great Britain across a variety of social and environmental contexts

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Socio economic research
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Understanding land managers' behaviours for tree health policy options

Co-design of tree health policy options for resilient treescapes as part of Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFC)

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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The social dimensions of oak processionary moth (OPM) management

Management of oak processionary moth (OPM) is becoming an increasing challenge to land managers of trees and woodlands in urban and rural areas as the pest continues to spread outwards...

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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Analysis and development of local authority tree strategies

A series of nine local authority case studies in England to understand the processes, drivers and barriers behind tree strategy development and implementation.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
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Identifying Opportunities for Woodland Creation in Central Scotland

This research aims to assist those responsible for woodland creation in the Central Scotland Green Network area in identifying landowners and locations which offer the ‘best bets’ for new tree planting. In addition, the research seeks to inform on how communication and outreach can be tailored so as to be more effective.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research

Related publications

Peer reviewed papers

Land managers behaviour and forest resilience

Land owners and managers are being urged to change their behaviours and practice to increase forest resilience, this research describes some of the barriers to change including the different attitudes and beliefs of different kinds of land managers around uncertainty and risk, and the need for information and guidance which takes these perspectives into account.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research
Official publication: Research Note | RN

A framework for sharing experiences of community woodland groups

Community woodland groups are growing, and there are now over 650 groups in England, Scotland and Wales. The rise is the result of both social pressure and changes in policy....

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Publication

Principles of public engagement

Research report that synthesises the different principles involved in planning public engagement around forestry and woodland decision making or service delivery, characterises successful processes and outlines core values. By Paul...

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Publication

Public engagement and forestry: key lessons for working in urban areas

Research report providing information about three case studies in England (Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire), Wales (Craig Y Dinas, South Wales), and Scotland (Bishop’s Estate, Glasgow) that show how a variety of...

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Publication

Social media and forestry: A scoping report

Scoping report to help inform thinking about the value of social media to the Forestry Commission, how it can be more effectively utilised and what objectives and policy goals it...

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Publication

Social research and the Forestry Commission: Perceptions and applications

Report from study that addressed how the knowledge and understanding of social research affects policy, planning, practice and outcomes within the Forestry Commission. By Mariella Marzano, Anna Lawrence and Bianca...

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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What Do Forest Managers Want to Know About Adaptation?

Research exploring what forest managers want to know about climate change adaptation Adaptation to climate change involves adjusting Forest Management to anticipate future changes. Starting to adapt woodland and forests...

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Socio economic research
Official publication: Research Note | RN

Woodland managers' understanding of resilience and their future information needs

This Research Note provides an investigation into private woodland owners’ and managers’ understanding of resilience in regard to forest and woodland management in the UK.

Themes

  • Socio economic research

Papers

Marzano, Mariella, Bianca Ambrose-Oji, Clare Hall, and Darren Moseley. 2020. "Pests in the City: Managing Public Health Risks and Social Values in Response to Oak Processionary Moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) in the United Kingdom."   11 (2):199.

Ambrose-Oji, Bianca, Jon Stokes, and Glyn D Jones. 2019. "When the Bough Breaks: How Do Local Authorities in the UK Assess Risk and Prepare a Response to Ash Dieback?Forests 10 (886). doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/f10100886.

van der Jagt, A.; Smith, M.; Ambrose-Oji, B.; Konijnendijk, C.; Giannico, V.; Haase, D.; Lafortezza, R.; Nastran, M.; Pintar, M.; Železnikar, S., et al. (2019) Co-creating urban green infrastructure connecting people and nature: A guiding framework and approach. Journal of Environmental Management, 233, 757-767.

Young, J.C.; Marzano, M.; Quine, C.P.; Ambrose-Oji, B. (2018) Working with decision-makers for resilient forests: A case study from the UK. Forest Ecology and Management 417, 291-300,

Pauleit, S.; Ambrose-Oji, B.; Andersson, E.; Anton, B.; Buijs, A.; Haase, D.; Elands, B.; Hansen, R.; Kowarik, I.; Kronenberg, J., et al. (2018) Advancing Urban Green Infrastructure in Europe: outcomes and reflections from the GREEN SURGE project. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 2018.

O’Brien, L.; Ambrose- Oji, B.; Wheeler, B. (2018) Santé mentale et bien-être : L’apport des arbres et des forêts au bénéfice de différentes populations en Grande-Bretagne (Mental health and wellbeing: The contribution of trees and forests to diverse populations in Britain). Revue Forestière Française Spécial forêts et santé publique.

Buijs, A.; Hansen, R.; Van der Jagt, S.; Ambrose-Oji, B.; Elands, B.; Lorance Rall, E.; Mattijssen, T.; Pauleit, S.; Runhaar, H.; Stahl Olafsson, A., et al. (2018) Mosaic governance for urban green infrastructure: Upscaling active citizenship from a local government perspective. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 2018

Buijs, A.E., Mattijssen, T.J.M., Van der Jagt, A.P.N., Ambrose-Oji, B., Andersson, E., Elands, B.H.M. et al. (2017) Active citizenship for urban green infrastructure: fostering the diversity and dynamics of citizen contributions through mosaic governance. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 22: 1-6.

Van der Jagt, A.; B. Elands; B. Ambrose- Oji; Buizer, M., É. Gerőházi; and M. Steen Møller (2016) Participatory Governance of Urban Green Spaces: Trends and Practices in the EU. Nordic Journal of Architecture Research

Marzano, M., Ambrose-Oji, B. and Dandy, N. (2016) Employee relocation in the public sector: Perspectives from forestry. Scottish Forestry, 70 (1), 41-47

Van der Jagt, A.; B. Ambrose- Oji; and A. Lawrence. (2015). Biodiversity and conservation in community woods: Business as usual? ECOS. 36(1):36-43

Ambrose- Oji, B.; A. Lawrence; and A. Stewart. (2014). Community based forest enterprises in Britain: two organising typologies. Forest Policy and Economics, 58:65-74

Lawrence, A., and Ambrose-Oij, B., (2014). Beauty, friends, power, money: navigating the impacts of community woodlands. Geographical Journal, 181(3): 268–279

Achigan-Dako, E.G.; S. N’danikou; F. Assogba-Komlan; B. Ambrose-Oji; A. Ahanchede; and M.W. Pasquini. (2011). Diversity, Geographical, and Consumption Patterns of Traditional Vegetables in Sociolinguistic Communities in Benin: Implications for Domestication and Utilization. Economic Botany 65:129-14

Morris. J., O'Brien, L., Ambrose-Oji, B., Lawrence. A. and Carter C. (2011). Access to all? Barriers to accessing woodlands and forests in the UK. Local Environment. 16(4):375-396.

Ambrose Oji, B (2011). Wild Product Governance: Finding Policies that Work for Non-timber Forest Products. Mountain Research and Development 31:178-179.

Elias, A., Ambrose-Oji, B., & Karripia, R.S., (2007) Rural women’s potential for development: Groups, social capital, access and utilisation of development communication in Dire Dawa administrative council, Eastern Ethiopia. International Development Review

Ambrose Oji, B. (2003). Reviewing the contribution of NTFPs to livelihoods of the forest poor: evidence from the tropical forest in South West Cameroon. International Forestry Review, 5(2):106-117.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2000). Can non-timber forest products come from a plantation? Non-Wood News, 7: 20-21.

Lawrence, A. and Ambrose-Oji, B., with Lysinge, R. and Tako, C. (2000). Exploring local values for forest biodiversity on Mount Cameroon. Mountain Research and Development, 20(2):112-115.

Books and book chapters

Ambrose-Oji, Bianca. 2020. "Socio-ecological sustainability and new forms of governance: Community forestry and citizen involvement with trees, woods and forests." In The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology, edited by Katharine Legun, Julie C Keller, Michael Carolan and Michael M Bell. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Fors, Hanna, Bianca Ambrose-Oji, Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, Helena Mellqvist, and Märit Jansson. 2020. "Participation in urban open space governance and management." In Urban Open Space Governance and Management, edited by Märit  Jansson and Thomas B. Randrup. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

O’Brien, L.; B. Ambrose- Oji; S. Waite; J. Aronsson; and M. Tighe. (2016).Learning on the Move: Green Exercise for Children and Young People. In Green Exercise: Linking Nature, Health and Wellbeing, ed. J. Barton; R. Bragg; C. Wood; and J. Pretty.

Lawrence, A., Van der Jagt, A., Ambrose- Oji, B., Stewart, A., (2014). Local authorities in Scotland: a catalyst for community engagement in urban forests? Trees, People and the Built Environment II. Institute of Chartered Foresters

Lawrence, A., and Ambrose-Oji., B. (2013). A framework for sharing experiences of community woodland groups. Research Notes. Edinburgh: Forestry Commission.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2011). Mainstreaming gender in the UK forest sector: livelihoods and equality of access to forest benefits. In Forests and Gender , ed. L. Aguilar; D.M.P.D. Shaw; and A. Quesada-Aguilar, 83-88. Gland, Switzerland and New York, NY: IUCN and WEDO.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2010). Environmental Sociology and International Forestry: Historical Overview and Future Directions in Woodgate, G and Redclift, M (eds) The International Handbook of Sociology III. Edward Elgar, London. ISBN 978-1-84844-088-3.

Ambrose-Oji, B. (2009). Defining the Spaces and Places for African Indigenous Vegetables in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture pp 1-34 in Shackleton, C.M, Pasquini, M.W and Drescher, A.W, (eds) African Indigenous Vegetables in Urban Agriculture. Earthscan, London. ISBN 978-1-8440-7715-1.

Ambrose-Oji, B., and Mughogho, N. (2007). The uses of Adansonia grandidieri, A. rubrostipa and A. za as vegetable oils. In van der Vossen, H and Makimilo, G eds. Vegetable Oils PROTA Volume 14, PROTA Wageningen, Netherlands.

Ambrose-Oji, B., with Allmark, T., Buckley, P., Clements, B. and Woodgate, G. (2005). The Environmental State in the Forest: Of Lookouts, Lumberjacks, Leopards and Losers? Livelihoods and participatory forest biodiversity conservation in SW Cameroon. In Redclift, M. and Woodgate, G., eds, New Developments in Environmental Sociology, London. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Purushothaman, S, S Purohit, and B Ambrose-Oji. (2004). The Informal Collective as a Space for Participatory Planning: The Peri-Urban Interface in Hubli-Dharwad Twin City Area. in Purkayastha, B and Subramaniam, M, eds, The Power of Women's Informal Networks: Lessons in Social Change from South Asia and West Africa  USA: Lexington Books.

Stockdale, M., and Ambrose, B. (1996). Mapping and NTFP Inventory: Participatory Assessment Methods for Forest-dwelling Communities in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. In; Carter, J. (ed.) Recent Approaches to Participatory Forest Resource Assessment, ODI, London.