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Jen has an interdisciplinary background but has always been interested in the drivers of human behaviour, particularly where they intersect with land use and the environment. She has worked on agri-environment schemes, guidance for local authorities and research projects around values and access to trees and woodlands. Jen uses a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and advocates for a pragmatist approach to research design.

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Dr Jen Clements

PhD, MSc
Behavioural Scientist
Society and environment research group (SERG)

Foss House



Related Research


Understanding the public value of Trees outside Woodlands: Peri-Urban and Rural (ToWPUR)

This project will gather evidence to better understand the social and cultural value of an understudied part of English treescapes: Trees outside Woodlands in peri-urban and rural areas (ToWPUR). The research will feed into a variety of policy aims relating to the societal benefits and impact of tree-planting and management.

Status current

Related Publications


Enabling and Encouraging Access to Woodlands for Diverse Publics: An Economic Evidence Review

This review summarises the available economic literature on barriers and enabling factors affecting the ability of specific publics to access woodlands. In particular, distance to woodland, income, socioeconomic variables, health and disability are analysed as factors affecting individuals’ frequency of visits to woodlands and willingness to pay (WTP) for woodland recreation.



Trees Outside of Woodland: An exploration of social and cultural values

A photo essay based on interviews with 16 arts and humanities practitioners and academics, focusing on their relationship with Trees Outside of Woodland. Key themes that emerge include childhood memories and experiences, emotional connections and the interconnectedness of humans and nature.

Trees and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

A secondary analysis of data from an online, UK representative survey, in-depth interviews and photo elicitation was used to investigate the terms people use to describe trees and places with trees, the importance of trees to perceptions of naturalness and nature connection, and whether trees were associated with greater wellbeing.

Other Research

Peer reviewed journal articles

J. Clements; How Science Fiction Helps Us Reimagine Our Moral Relations with Animals. Journal of Animal Ethics 1 January 2015; 5 (2): 181–187. DOI:

Knapp, JLPhillips, BBClements, JShaw, RFOsborne, JLSocio-psychological factors, beyond knowledge, predict people’s engagement in pollinator conservationPeople Nat20213204– 220

S. PascucciD. DentoniJ. ClementsK. Poldner, and W. B. Gartner, Forging Forms of Authority through the Sociomateriality of Food in Partial Organizations, Organization Studies, Volume 42, Issue 2, February 2021, Pages 301-326

J. Clements, M. Lobley, J. Osborne, J. Wills, How can academic research on UK agri-environment schemes pivot to meet the addition of climate mitigation aims?, Land Use Policy, Volume 106, 2021, 105441, ISSN 0264-8377,