Liz O'Brien

BSc, PhD


Related research

Research topic

Impact of trees for residents of Peabody Hill

The page summarises a project involving Forest Research to engage and involve residents of the Peabody Hill housing estate in enjoying and improving a small local wood.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
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Review: urban forestry in urban health and health inequalities

This page summarises findings from Forest Research’s review of empirical research on the role of trees, woods and forests in urban areas, especially regarding people’s health.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
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Evaluation: West Midlands woodland and health pilot project

The page summarises Forest Research’s evaluation of four improvement projects in the West Midlands.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Crime and safety in woodlands and natural spaces

This page is about Forest Research’s joint seminar with Lancashire Constabulary, CABE Space and English Nature to understand how fears of anti-social behaviour and personal safety affect public use of woods, forests and open spaces.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Evaluation of woodland projects funded by Active England

This page is about Forest Research’s evaluation of five projects funded by Active England to increase participation in physical activity and sport and raise exercise levels among key target groups.

Status: Completed
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Workshops: Benefits of using woodlands and natural spaces for health

This page summarises the main findings established through seminars on policy, practice, research and promotion in the field of health and well-being from woodlands and natural spaces.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Environmental volunteering: motivations and barriers

This page summarises findings from Forest Research’s study of volunteers involved in projects and activities at woodland sites.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Forest Schools: impact on young children in England and Wales

This page summarises findings from an evaluation of two Forest School projects by the New Economics Foundation.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Evaluation of Forest School: Phase 2 - England

Evaluation of Forest School pilot sites in Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Forests, trees and human health and well-being (COST Action E39)

This page summarises findings from the ‘Forests, trees and human health and well-being’ project, funded by the EU’s COST programme.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Public Forest Estate: social study

This page summarises Forest Research’s findings on people’s perceptions and expectations of the public forest estate (PFE) managed by the Forestry Commission.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Social and cultural values of woodlands in northwest and southeast England

This page summarises Forest Research’s insights into the social and cultural value that people from northwest and southeast England place on woods and forests.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Children and young people's perceptions of climate change

This page summarises findings from Forest Research’s study into the perceptions and attitudes of children and young people to climate change.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Children and young people’s engagement with nature

The research focuses on children and young people’s engagement with trees, woodlands and wider nature and the barriers to, and opportunities, for further engagement.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Cultural ecosystem services, values and benefits

cultural ecosystem services, cultural ecosystem benefits, wellbeing benefits, social and environmental justice, green infrastructure, urban forestry, trees and woodlands.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
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i-Tree Eco Evaluation

Forest Research has produced a study which evaluates the impacts delivered by UK i-Tree Eco projects on the awareness, management and policy of urban forests. The study found some projects achieved significant impacts including informing tree and woodland policies and justifying greater investment in tree management. However the study also identified challenges which limited impacts of some projects, including difficulty in communicating results and the low priority of urban forests for local governments. The study provides recommendations to overcome these challenges to help guide the design and delivery of future i-Tree Eco projects.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
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Active Forest Programme Evaluation

The research is an evaluation of the Active Forest Programme run by Forestry Commission England and funded by Sport England.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Shared values of ecosystems

Shared values of ecosystem services, their importance and methods to enable their formation and expression.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
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Evaluation of the Westonbirt Arboretum Community Inclusion programme and Visitor Experience

Evaluation of Westonbirt Arboretum Community Inclusion programme and Visitor Experience programme by Forest Research

Status: Current

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Green Infrastructure - European network

Green Infrastructure - European network. Social environmental and economic benefits of green infrastructure.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
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Sustainability impact assessment tools for multifunctional land use (SENSOR)

The page summarises the main findings and outputs from the ‘Sustainability impact assessment tools for multifunctional land use’ (SENSOR) project, funded by the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Using social approaches in coal ash remediation (RECOAL)

The page summarises findings from the ‘Using social approaches in coal ash remediation’ (RECOAL) project, funded by the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Visualisation tools for public participation in managing landscape change (VISULANDS)

The page summarises findings from the collaborative European research project ‘Visualisation tools for public participation in managing landscape change’ (VISULANDS), funded by the EU’s Fifth Framework Programme (FP5).

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Barriers to accessing woodlands for health and well-being

This page summarises findings from Forest Research’s study of five woodland sites in Scotland to understand why some people do not use woodlands for leisure and physical activity.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Cultural value of trees, woods and forests

This page summarises findings and recommendations from a Forest Research study into how participation in woodland events and activities generates cultural value. The study also reviewed how woodland stakeholders measure this value and how it influences their plans and decisions.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Estimating visitor and visit numbers to woodlands

This page summarises Forest Research’s review of methods and tools used by forest managers and practitioners to estimate visitor numbers, visit frequencies and total visits to woodlands.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Project evaluation: Neroche Landscape Partnership Scheme

This page summarises Forest Research’s evaluation of the Neroche Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Outdoors and Health Network

A one year collaborative network of researchers and public sector/policy representatives to examine the relationship between individuals’ health and well-being and their use of the outdoors

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Relationships between peri-urban woodlands and people’s health and well-being

This page summarises the findings of a Forest Research study to document people’s woodland experiences at four peri-urban case study sites.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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A review of the Forest Education Initiative in Britain

Reviewing the Forest Education Initiative across Britain and the activities of the cluster groups that carry out education projects and activities

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Review: the role of trees and woods in formal education and learning

This page summarises the findings of Forest Research’s review of evidence relating to formal education and learning outdoors, with specific focus on educational activities in or about trees, woods and forests.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Evaluation of Forestry Commission Offenders and Nature (O&N) schemes

This page summarises findings from Forest Research’s evaluation of the outcomes and impacts from Forestry Commission Offenders and Nature (O&;N) schemes.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Volunteering in forests in Scotland and Wales

This page summarises Forest Research’s study of volunteering in public forests in Scotland and Wales.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Evaluation: Wye Wood project

This page summarises Forest Research’s evaluation of the Wye Wood project in Hertfordshire.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Evaluation: Chopwell Wood health project

This page summarises Forest Research’s evaluation of the Chopwell Wood health project, a partnership between the Forestry Commission, Gateshead Primary Care Trust, Derwentside Primary Care Trust and the Friends of Chopwell Wood.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Social enterprise and community woodland: Hill Holt Wood case study

This page summarises Forest Research’s study of Hill Holt Wood as a social enterprise providing community involvement, training and education.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Public involvement in forest design and planning: development of a decision framework

The page summarises outputs from Forest Research’s studies of public involvement and engagement in forest planning and design.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Forest management
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Human dimensions of adaptive forest management

The page summarises the findings from Forest Research’s literature review and case study analyses on the social, cultural and organisational aspects of adaptive forest management and the impact of innovation in this area.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Forest management
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Visitor experiences and impressions of Bedgebury: the Pinetum and wider forest

The Forestry Commission wanted to understand more about how visitors to Bedgebury use the Pinetum and wider forest. Forest Research social scientists investigated the experiences and opinions of visitors to Bedgebury through a series of focus groups and trail walks with participants through the forest.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Evaluation of the Mission: Invertebrate Programme

In 2017 the social scientists at Forest Research undertook an evaluation of the Mission Invertebrate programme run by The Royal Parks in London.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Exploring land manager views of payments for ecosystem services, networks and learning

Research exploring evidence for land manager perceptions and understandings of the concept of payments for ecosystem services, the use of formal and informal networks and the ways in which land managers learn from others.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

NHS Greenspace in Scotland

NHS Greenspace in Scotland is being developed through a series of demonstration projects at different hospital sites. Staff, patients, visitors and local communities are the beneficiaries of improvements to NHS Greenspace.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening

Valuing and governing forest ecosystem services

Role: Programme Manager

Green infrastructure – European network

Role: Work package leader

Trees and woodlands for well-being

Role: Programme Manager

Active Forest Programme Evaluation

Role: Evaluation lead

Cultural ecosystem services, shared values and wellbeing

Role: Programme manager

Children and young people’s engagement with nature

Role: Programme manager

Land manager and community woodland research

Role: Programme participant

Peer reviewed journal articles

O’Brien, L. De Vreese, R, Kern, M, Sievanen, T, Stojanova, B. Atmis, E. (2017). Cultural ecosystem benefits of urban and peri-urban green infrastructure across different European Countries. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 24: 236-248.

O’Brien, L. Morris, J. Mazarno, M and Dandy, N. (2016) Promoting sustainability behaviours through forestry. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research 90: 88-98.doi: 10.1093/forestry/cpw030

Irvine, K., O’Brien, L., Ravenscroft, N., Cooper, N., Everard, M., Fazey, I., Reed, M., Kenter, J.O. 2016. Ecosystem services and the idea of shared values. Ecosystem Services 21, 184-193.

Kenter, J.O., Reed, M. S., Irvine, K.N., O'Brien, E., Bryce, R., Christie, M., Cooper, N., Hockley, N., Fazey, I., Orchard-Webb, J., Ravenscroft, N., Raymond, C.M., Tett, P., Watson, V. 2016. Shared values and deliberative valuation: Future directions. Ecosystem Services 21, 358-371.

Skar, M. Gunderson, V and O’Brien, L (2016) How to engage children with nature: why not just let them play? Children’s Geographies, 14: 527-540.

Skar, M. Gunderson, V and O’Brien, L (2016) Why do children not play in nearby nature? Results from a Norwegian survey. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning,16: 239-255

Gunderson, V. Skar, M. O’Brien, L, Wold, L. Follo, G. (2016) Children and nearby nature: A nationwide parental survey from Norway. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 17: 116-125.

Jasper O. Kenter, Liz O’Brien, Neal Hockley, Neil Ravenscroft, Ioan Fazey, Katherine N.Irvine, Mark S. Reed, Michael Christie, Emily Brady, Rosalind Bryce, Andrew Church, Nigel Cooper, Althea Davies, Anna Evely, Mark Everard, Robert Fish, Janet A. Fisher, Niels Jobstvogt, Claire Molloy, Johanne Orchard-Webb, Susan Ranger, Mandy Ryan, Verity Watson and Susan Williams. 2015. What are shared and social values of ecosystems? Ecological Economics, 111: 86-99.

O’Brien, L. Morris, J and Stewart, A. 2014. Engaging with peri-urban woodlands in England: the contribution to people’s health and well-being and implications for future management. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11: 6171-6192; doi:10.3390/ijerph110606171

O’Brien, L. Ambrose-Oji, B. Morris, J and Edwards, D. 2014. Civil society and flood resilience: characterising flood risk volunteers and understanding motivations and benefits. National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Conference paper. Winner of the Campbell Adamson Prize for best paper of the conference.

Williams, K. O’Brien, L and Stewart A. 2013. Urban health and urban forestry: how can forest management agencies help? Arboriculture Journal, 35: 119-133

O’Brien, L and Morris, J. 2013. Well-being for all? The social distribution of benefits gained from woodlands and forests in Britain. Local Environment, 19, 4: 356-383.

O’Brien, L., Marzano, M., White R.M. (2013) Participatory interdisciplinarity: Towards the integration of disciplinary diversity with stakeholder engagement for new models of knowledge production. Science and Public Policy (2013) 40 (1): 51-61 first published online January 7, 2013 doi:10.1093/scipol/scs120

O’Brien, L., Marcu, A., Marzano., Barnett, J., Quine, C and Uzzell, D. 2012. Situating risk in the context of a woodland visit: A Case Study on Lyme Borreliosis. Scottish Forestry, 66: 14-24.

O’Brien, L and Varley, P. (2012). Use of ethnographic approaches to the study of health experiences in relation to natural landscapes. Perspectives in Public Health, 132: 305-312.

Jay, M., Peters, K., Buijs, A., Gentin, S., Kloek, M. and O’Brien, L. (2011). Towards more inclusiveness? Policy and research on access of ethnic minority groups to natural areas in four European countries. Forestry Policy and Economics, 19: 4-11.

Townsend, M. Ebden, M and O’Brien, L. (2011). Greening places reduces the blues: promoting mental health through environmental volunteering. Public Health Bulletin South Australia: Health and the Environment, Vol 8, No 2: 3-6.

Morris, J. and O’Brien, E. (2011). Encouraging healthy outdoor activity amongst under-represented groups: An evaluation of the Active England woodland projects. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening

O'Brien, L., Burls, A., Townsend, M. and Ebden, M. (2011). Volunteering with nature as a way of enabling people to re-integrate into society. Perspectives in Public Health, 131: 71-81.

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

Quine, C., Barnett, J., Dobson, A., Marcu, A., Marzano, M., Moseley, D., O’Brien, L., Randolph., Taylor, J. and Uzzell, D. (2011). Frameworks for risk communication and disease management: the case of lyme disease and countryside users. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0397.

O’Brien, L., Burls, A., Bentsen, P., Hilmo, I., Holter, K., Haberling, D., Pirnat, J., Sarv, M., Vilbaste, K. and McLoughlin, J. (2011). Outdoor education, life long learning and skills development in woodlands and green spaces: the potential links to health and well-being. In K. Nilsson. M. Sangster. C. Gallis. T. Hartig. S. de Vries. K. Seeland. Forests, trees and human health. Book Chapter 12: 343-374. Springer.

Park, J.J., O’Brien, L., Roe, J., Ward Thompson, C. & Mitchell, R. (2010). The natural outdoors and health: assessing the value and potential contribution of quantitative public surveys in the UK to current and future knowledge. Health & Place. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.11.005.

O'Brien, L., Townsend, M. and Ebden, M. (2010). ‘Doing something positive’: Volunteer’s experiences of the well-being benefits derived from practical conservation activities in nature. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Non profit organisations, 21: 525-545.

Book and book chapters (including published conference proceedings)

D Pearlmutter, C Calfapietra, R Samson, L O’Brien, S Krajter Ostoic, G Sanesi, R Alonson del Amo (Eds) 2017. The urban forest: cultivating green infrastructure for people and the environment. Springer, Switzerland.

O’Brien, L., De Vreese, R., Atmiş, E., Olafsson, A., Sievänen, T., Brennan, M., Sanchez, M., Panagopoulos, T., de Vries, S., Kern, M, Gentin, S., Saraiva, G., Almeida, A. 2017. Social and environmental justice: diversity in access to and benefits from GI - examples from Europe. In D Pearlmutter, C Calfapietra, R Samson, L O’Brien, S Krajter Ostoic, G Sanesi, R Alonson del Amo (Eds) The urban forest: cultivating green infrastructure for people and the environment. Springer, Switzerland.

Carinanos, P., Calaza-Martinez, P., O’Brien, L., Calfapietra, C. 2017. The cost of greening: disservices of urban trees. In D Pearlmutter, C Calfapietra, R Samson, L O’Brien, S Krajter Ostoic, G Sanesi, R Alonson del Amo (Eds) The urban forest: cultivating green infrastructure for people and the environment. In D Pearlmutter, C Calfapietra, R Samson, L O’Brien, S Krajter Ostoic, G Sanesi, R Alonson del Amo (Eds) The urban forest: cultivating green infrastructure for people and the environment. Springer, Switzerland.

Terkenli, T., Bell, S., Zivojinovic, I., Tomicevic-Dubljevic, J., Panagopoulos, T., Straupe, I., Toskovic, O., Kristianova, K., Straigyte, L and O’Brien, L. 2017. Recreational use of urban green infrastructure: the tourist’s perspective. In D Pearlmutter, C Calfapietra, R Samson, L O’Brien, S Krajter Ostoic, G Sanesi, R Alonson del Amo (Eds) The urban forest: cultivating green infrastructure for people and the environment. Springer, Switzerland

O’Brien, L., De Vreese, R., Atmiş, E., Olafsson, A., Sievänen, T., Brennan, M., Sanchez, M., Panagopoulos, T., de Vries, S., Kern, M, Gentin, S., Saraiva, G., Almeida, A. (in-press) Social and environmental justice: diversity in access to and benefits from GI - examples from Europe. Springer.

O’Brien, L. Ambrose-Oji, B. Waite, S. 2016. Learning on the move: green exercise for children and young people. In J Barton, R Bragg, C Wood, J Pretty eds Green Exercise: Linking nature, health and well-being. Earthscan, London.

O’Brien, L and Morris, J. 2013. Using woodlands to improve individual and community well-being. In R. Coles and Z. Millian. Landscape, well-being and Environment. Routledge, pp167-183.

Gallis, G., Sangster, M., Tellnes, G., Sansesi, G., O’Brien, L., Holmbom, B., Batt-Rawden, K. 2012. Research into forests and human health - Current status and trends in Europe. In Forest Medicine. Ed. Qing Li. Nova Science Publishers Inc.

O’Brien, L., Burls, A., Bentsen, P., Hilmo, I., Holter, K., Haberling, D., Pirnat, J., Sarv, M., Vilbaste, K. and McLoughlin, J. 2011. Outdoor education, life long learning and skills development in woodlands and green spaces: the potential links to health and well-being. In K. Nilsson. M. Sangster. C. Gallis. T. Hartig. S. de Vries. K. Seeland. Forests, trees and human health. Book Chapter 12: 343-374. Springer

FC and FR publications including official statistics

Davies, H. Doick, K. Handley, P. O’Brien, L. Wilson, J. 2017. Delivery of ecosystem services by urban forests. Forestry Commission, Research Report. Pp27.

Doick, K. Davies, H. Handley, P. Vaz Monteiro, M. O’Brien, L and Ashwood, F. 2016. Introducing England’s Urban Forest: definition, distribution, composition and benefits. Forest Research.

O’Brien, L. 2010. Are we creating problems for the future? Children, young people and the concept of nature deficit disorder. FR Monograph. Forest Research, Farnham.

Contract and project reports – excluding any which are commercially confidential

Hemery, G., Ambrose-Oji, B., Atkinson, G., Edwards, D., Lloyd, S., O’Brien, L., Reid, C., Townsend, M., Weir, J., Yeomans, A., Petrokofsky, G.P. (2015) Awareness, actions and aspirations among Britain's forestry community to environmental change: Report of the British Woodlands Survey 2015. 31pp.

O’Brien, L. 2015. London i-tree eco project: volunteers experiences. Report for Forestry Commission England.

O’Brien, L. Ambrose-Oji, B. Morris, J and Edwards D. (2014). Volunteers contribution to flood resilience. Final report to the Environment Agency.

O’Brien, L., Ambrose-Oji, B., Williams, R. and Morris, J. (2014). Work Package 3 Report: Case study, survey, diary and interview research on FCRM volunteering. Report by Forest Research for the Environment Agency.

Edwards, D. O’Brien, L. Ambrose-Oji, B and Morris, J. (2014). Work Package 4 Report: Issues and options concerning FCRM volunteering. Report by Forest Research for the Environment Agency.

Kenter, J.O. Reed, M.S, Everad, M., Irvine, K.N., O’Brien, E. Molloy, C., Bryce, R. Brady, E., Christie, M., Church, A., Collins, T., Cooper, N., Davies, A., Edwards, D., Evely, A., Fazey, I., Goto, R., Hockley, N., Jobstvogt, N., Orchard-Webb, J., Ravenscroft, N., Ryan, A., Watson. 2014. Shared, plural and cultural values: A handbook for decision makers. UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on phase. Cambridge, UNEP-WCMC.

Jasper O. Kenter, Mark S. Reed, Katherine N. Irvine, Liz O’Brien, Emily Brady, Rosalind Bryce, Mike Christie, Andrew Church, Nigel Cooper, Althea Davies, Anna Evely, Mark Everard, Ioan Fazey, Neal Hockley,Niels Jobstvogt, Claire Molloy, Johanna Orchard-Webb, Neil Ravenscroft, Mandy Ryan, and Verity Watson. 2014. Shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems: Summary. Report of WP6 UK NEA follow on project. pp31

Jasper O. Kenter, Mark S. Reed, Katherine N. Irvine, Liz O’Brien, Emily Brady, Rosalind Bryce, Mike Christie, Andrew Church, Nigel Cooper, Althea Davies, Anna Evely, Mark Everard, Ioan Fazey, Neal Hockley,Niels Jobstvogt, Claire Molloy, Johanna Orchard-Webb, Neil Ravenscroft, Mandy Ryan, and Verity Watson. 2014. Shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems. Full report of WP6 UK NEA follow on project. pp211.

O’Brien, L. 2014. Innovative NHS Greenspace. Briefing note for the Green Exercise Partnership (made up of NHS Scotland, FC Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage) pp6.

O’Brien, L. 2014. We have stopped moving: Tackling physical inactivity – a role for the Public Forest Estate in England. Forestry Commission and Forest Research.

Lawrence, A. Ambrose-Oji, B and O’Brien, L. 2014. FES health check of community engagement. Report to Forestry Commission Scotland.

Ambrose-Oji, B., O’Brien, L., Morris. J. and Williams, R. (2013). Work Package 1 Report: FCRM volunteering baseline data and typology development. Report to the Environment Agency. With supporting resource spreadsheet: ‘EA volunteer case studies baseline dataset - 97 examples’.

Morris, J., Williams, R., O’Brien, L. and Ambrose-Oji, B. (2013). Work Package 2 Report: Developing an FCRM evaluation framework. Report by Forest Research for the Environment Agency. With two supporting resource spreadsheets: ‘EA volunteer evaluation review’ and ‘EA evaluation framework criteria and indicators’.

Smith, C. Johnson, A. Fernall, D. Mitchell, M. Harper, G. Cottrill, A. (Liz O’Brien Defra contributor. (2013)Chalara in ash trees: a framework for assessing ecosystem impacts and appraising options. Defra, London.

Morris, J., O’Brien, L., Stewart, A. (2013). Social impacts and well-being of Environment Agency activities. Environment Agency, Bristol.

Morris, J. O’Brien, L and Stewart, A. 2013. Social impacts and well-being of Environment Agency activities. Report for the Environment Agency.

Morris, J. Marzano, M. Dandy, N. O’Brien, L. 2012. Forestry, sustainable behaviours and behaviour change – setting the scene. Summary Report. Forest Research Farnham.

Morris, J. Marzano, M. Dandy, N. O’Brien, L. 2012. Forestry, sustainable behaviours and behaviour change. Policy context – influencing and changing behaviour. Forest Research Farnham.

Morris, J. Marzano, M. Dandy, N. O’Brien, L. 2012. Forestry, sustainable behaviours and behaviour change. Theories and models of behaviour and behaviour change. Forest Research Farnham.

Morris, J. Marzano, M. Dandy, N. O’Brien, L. 2012. Forestry, sustainable behaviours and behaviour change. Lessons learnt from interventions and evaluations. Forest Research Farnham.

Morris, J. Marzano, M. Dandy, N. O’Brien, L. 2012. Forestry, sustainable behaviours and behaviour change – discussion paper. Forest Research Farnham.

Christie et al. 2012. BRIDGE: Bridging the gap between supply of and demand for valuation evidence. Final report on VNN project to NERC.

Molteno, S. Morris, J and O’Brien, L. 2012. Public access to woodlands and forests: a rapid evidence review. Forest Research, Farnham.

O’Brien, L, Morris, J and Stewart, A. 2012. Exploring the relationships between peri-urban woodlands and health and well-being. Pp. 76. Forest Research, Farnham

Carter, C. O’Brien, L and Morris, J. 2011. Enabling positive change: evaluation of the Neroche Landscape Partnership Scheme. Report to the Forestry Commission

O’Brien, L and Lovell, B. 2011. A Review of Forest Education Initiative in Britain. Report to the Forestry Commission. Pp. 99

O’Brien, L and Marzano, M. 2010. Volunteering in and for Scotland’s forests. Report to Forestry Commission Scotland. Pp. 128

Currie, M., O’Brien, E., Varley, P., Uzzell, D., Gaterlseben, B., White, E., Johnston, L., Farmer, J., MacRury, S., Hines, F., Ravenscroft, N., Marshall, A., Smith, M.A. and Munoz, S-A. (2010) Assessment of effectiveness of ‘alternative’ methods in collecting longitudinal data on individuals’ outdoors experiences, behaviours and health. Discussion paper for the Outdoors and Health Network, ESRC grant no. RES-355-25-0040.

Marshall, A., Currie, M., O’Brien, E., Roe, J., Ward Thompson, C., Mitchell, R., Wheeler, B., Higgins, P., Geyer, J., Christie, E., Park, J.J., Church, A., Farmer, J., Cummins, S., Sangster, M. and Bird, W. (2010) Knowledge gaps and methodological development of a framework for a longitudinal resource in outdoors and health research: A discussion paper. Report for the Outdoors and Health Network, ESRC grant no. RES-355-25-0040.

Stewart, A and O’Brien, L. 2010. Inventory of social evidence and practical programmes related to trees, woods and forests and urban/peri urban regeneration, place making and place shaping. Report to the Forestry Commission. Pp. 123

O’Brien, E., Ward Thompson, C., Roe, J., Mitchell, R., Wheeler, B. and Marshall, A. (2010). Mapping of quantitative secondary longitudinal datasets and development of a questionnaire module for outdoors and health research. Report for the Outdoors and Health Network, ESRC grant no. RES-355-25-0040.

O’Brien, L and Morris, J. 2010. Estimating visitor and visit numbers to woodlands. Report to the Forestry Commission. Pp. 42

Lovell, R. O’Brien, L. Owen, R. 2010. Review of the research evidence in relation to the role of trees, woods and forest in formal education and learning. Report to the Forestry Commission. Pp. 60

O’Brien, L., Williams, K and Stewart A. 2010. Urban health and health inequalities and the role of trees, woods and forests in Britain: a review. Report to the Forestry Commission. Pp. 94

Trade journal and newsletter articles

O’Brien, L. Ambrose-Oji, B. Morris, J and Edwards, D. 2014. Civil society and flood resilience: characterising flood risk volunteers and understanding motivations and benefits. National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Conference paper. Winner of the Campbell Adamson Prize for best paper of the conference.

O’Brien, L. 2011. Using trees and woodlands to improve individual and community well-being: interventions, activities and barriers. Well-being conference proceedings. City of Birmingham University.

O’Brien, L. 2010. ‘It’s fun to play about in’ children’s health and the outdoors – setting the scene. Countryside Recreation Network.

Scientific conferences: presentations or posters

Invited oral presentations

Green infrastructure: nature based solutions for sustainable and resilient cities. 2017. Orvieto, Italy. Engaging communities and partners to participate in the co-production of GI

Alter-Net Nature and Urban Wellbeing – Nature based solutions. 2015. Ghent, Belgium. Improving the wellbeing of diverse and excluded communities through nature based solutions in Britain.

Beyond Greenspace workshop. 2014. Falmouth Cornwall. Trees, woods and forests for health and well-being in Britain.

Trees, Greenspace and Health and Wellbeing, University of Cambridge 2013. Greenspace an essential component of health and well-being?

Natural Learning Initiative Conference, 2013. North Carolina USA. Reconnecting children and young people with woodlands and forests. Invited keynote speaker.

Leisure Studies Association Conference, Edinburgh 2012. Presentation: The contribution of trees, woods and forests to well-being and quality of life. (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Good from Woods, 2012, Dartmoor. Presentation: Does research evidence make a difference? (Invited Keynote Speaker).

Workshop at DEFRA 2011, London for Independent Forestry Panel on Cultural and social issues affecting woodlands and forestry policy in England. Presentation: ‘Trees and woodlands: well-being benefits and experiences’.

European Institute of Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Finland. 2011. Presentation: Why woods? Growing adventure and the importance of trees, woods and forests. (Invited Keynote speaker)

Planning for healthy communities. Royal Town Planning Institute conference, London 2010. Presentation: Can urban forestry help deliver healthy communities?

Other presentations

International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. 2017. Umea, Sweden. Well-being benefits from urban forests and greenspace for diverse sections of society.

International Association of People Environment Studies, June 2016, Sweden. Presentation: Engagement and interaction with nature by under-represented groups in Britain: what does it mean for management and decision making?

National Parks and Wildlife as Natural Health Providers, Wales, April 2014. Presentation: Well-being for all? The social distribution of benefits gained from woodlands and forests in Britain.

European Forum for Urban Forestry, Switzerland, June 2014. Presentation: Equality of access and engagement with woodlands in Britain: enablers and barriers.

Cultural ecosystem services: inside the black box of natural resource management. Ecological Knowledge Network Meeting 2013, Exeter. Presentation: Cultural ecosystem services from trees, woods and forests.

Ecological economics and institutional dynamics. 10th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, 2013. Lille France. Presentation: Shared and cultural values around ecosystems, health and renewable energy.

Forests for people: international experiences and the vital role of forests for the future. 2012. IUFRO, Austria. Presentation: The social distribution of well-being benefits gained from trees, woods and forests in Britain.

Open space: People Place. The physical environment, health and well-being, 2011, Edinburgh. Presentation: Access of ethnic minority groups to natural areas: a review of policy and research in four European countries.

Open space: People Place. The physical environment, health and well-being, 2011, Edinburgh. Presentation: Nature’s health service: creating opportunities in woodlands for improving well-being across different social groups.

Well-being 2011, Birmingham. Presentation: Using woodlands to improve individual and community well-being: interventions, activities and barriers.

Trees and woods in British Society, 2010, April, Edinburgh. Presentation: Are we creating problems for the future? Children, young people and the concept of nature deficit disorder.

MMV 2010 Conference, May, Waginingen. Presentation: What enables or prevents diverse groups, including black and ethnic minorities, from using and enjoying British woodlands?