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BSc, MSc (Oxon), PhD
Dr Bianca Ambrose-Oji is head of a dynamic Society and Environment Research Group that focuses on understanding the complex relationships between forestry, the environment and society.
Bianca is an environmental sociologist who joined Forest Research in October 2008. Her forestry career spans more than 25 years as a social forester which includes time as an action researcher, consultant, practitioner, professional trainer and a university lecturer. She has considerable experience working in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. Bianca is the programme manager of FR’s Woodland Creation and Expansion research.
Bianca’s research concentrates on:
Bianca currently leads research projects focusing on:
This research aims to find out how to expand woodland cover in a way that maximises ecological and social benefits. The programme complements the other six programmes and follows collaborative principles to produce tools which support land managers, stakeholders and policy makers to increase engagement with woodland creation activities
A societal-scale foundation assessment of the public's views of biosecurity and plant / tree health issues, followed by targeted research into how biosecure behaviour can be encouraged
Research investigating barriers and solutions for translating forest and land manager knowledge into action to prevent and mitigate tree pest and disease impacts and build resilience into our treescapes.
How do contemporary Great British attitudes to urban trees vary between locality, individuals and communities with different socio-demographic backgrounds? Forest Research aims to investigate this through a rapid evidence review, a national questionnaire and a series of focus groups.
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.
A series of nine local authority case studies in England to understand the processes, drivers and barriers behind tree strategy development and implementation.
co-design of tree health policy options with land managers for resilient treescapes post EU-Exit as part of Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFC)
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.
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.
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.
Supporting public engagement in forest governance and management
Researching community involvement in woodland ownership, management and forest governance
Research into private landowner decision-making, culture and their attitudes towards forestry.
This page summarises Forest Research’s evaluation of the Better Woodlands for Wales grant scheme.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The page summarises findings from Forest Research’s assessment of the most effective forms of partnership at the Forest Commission.
Understanding the range of meanings, experiences and impacts of community forestry in Great Britain across a variety of social and environmental contexts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rapid Evidence Assessment considers the following: The impact of policy tools – grants, subsidies, programmes, provision of advice – on the response of land managers to tree pests and diseases The potential of formal networks to act as disseminators of information and knowledge, and mediators of change.
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 to the changing climate now is important if owners and society wish to continue to benefit from the range of services they provide, capitalise on […]
Business and enterprise models in community based forest enterprises in Britain In a paper published in the journal Forest Policy and Economics, Forest Research social scientists, Bianca Ambrose-Oji, Anna Lawrence and Amy Stewart, examine diverse community-based and social enterprise business models by using a systematic framework to organise evidence from 33 case studies across Wales, […]
Use of European silver fir in forestry re-assessed Large-scale use of European silver fir (Abies alba Mill.) was discounted in the mid-twentieth century. A recent paper by Forest Research scientists Gary Kerr, Victoria Stokes, Andrew Peace and Richard Jinks in the European Journal of Forest Research challenges that assumption and, using results from 46 year […]
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. Groups are keen to learn from each other’s experiences, and policy stakeholders seek evidence of the effectiveness of past and current policy. While some experiences […]
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 can be used to help achieve and so provide a basis for identifying specific future research needs to support the Forestry Commission’s ongoing implementation of, […]
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 public engagement processes were implemented and what the outcomes of including people were in different urban contexts. By Paul Tabbush and Bianca Ambrose-Oji. Related pages […]
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 Tabbush and Bianca Ambrose-Oji. Related pages People, trees and woodlands Social forestry research
Report providing scoping evidence and information needed to understand current volunteering activity and opportunities and barriers to using volunteers as a consequence of the legal and any other pertinent issues as it applies in Wales. April 2011. By: Bianca Ambrose-Oji. Related pages People, trees and woodlands Social forestry research
By Bianca Ambrose-Oji and Karen Fancett (Eds.). Papers presented at the Trees and Forests in British society conference in April 2010. Forest Research Monograph: 3ISBN 978-0-85538-828-7 Related pages People, trees and woodlands Social forestry research
This toolbox revises the previous edition – 'Involving people in forestry: a toolbox for public involvement in forest and woodland planning' which was published in 2004. The toolbox provides information and ideas to forest and woodland managers on ways to engage individuals, communities and organisations in the decision-making process, design and management of forestry projects […]
Research report into employing a social marketing approach to investigating and planning interventions designed to change the behaviour of people looking for work. Specifically, the application behaviour of Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in future Forestry Commission recruitments, to see increasing numbers of applications from them. By Bianca Ambrose-Oji. Related pages People, trees and […]
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 Ambrose-Oji. Related pages People, trees and woodlands Social forestry research
Report detailing Forestry Commission England engagement and partnership working with third sector and civil society organisations. This is being used to prepare an action plan for the joint agency Third Sector statement (Compact) as well as inform government reviews of departmental engagement with civil society. August 2010. By: Bianca Ambrose-Oji, Jenny Wallace, Anna Lawrence, and […]
Research report summarising the available evidence of the impact of trees, woods and forests on different sections of British society. By Bianca Ambrose-Oji.
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.