Mike Dunn

BSc, MSc, PhD

Related research

Research topic

Red Squirrels United

Red Squirrels United brings together partners from across the UK to deliver red squirrel conservation. As part of this effort, Forest Research is undertaking a public attitudinal survey to understand levels of awareness of squirrel conservation issues and attitudes towards management methods.

Status: Completed


  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
Research topic

Attitudes to Woodland Expansion in Southern Scotland

A review of the methods available for eliciting local attitudes to woodland expansion (or other land use change), and findings from an attitudinal study in Southern Scotland.

Status: Completed


  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

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


  • Socio economic research

Red Squirrels United - Assessing public and community attitudes towards grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinesis) management.

Global threats from Phytophthora spp. (PHYTO-THREATS) - Feasibility assessment for an accreditation scheme involving consultation with nursery managers, consumers and other stakeholders.

Valuing and governing forest ecosystem services - Mechanisms for delivering forest ecosystem services and benefits.

Selected Publications

Dunn, M., Marzano, M., & Forster, J. (2021). The red zone: Attitudes towards squirrels and their management where it matters most. Biological Conservation, 253, 108869.

Dunn, M., Edwards, D. & Harden-Scott V. (2020). Opportunities for Woodland Creation in the Central Scotland Green Network Area. Workshop Findings and Engagement Action Plan. Report for Scottish Forestry.

Occhibove, F., Chapman, D.S., Mastin, A., Parnell, S., Agstner, B., Mato-Amboage, R., Jones, G., Dunn, M., Pollard, C.R., Robinson, J.S. and Marzano, M. (2020) Eco-epidemiological uncertainties of emerging plant diseases: the challenge of predicting Xylella fastidiosa dynamics in novel environments. Phytopathology, (ja).

Dunn, M., Baudet, M. & Marzano, M. (2020). Volunteer Experiences in Red Squirrel Conservation. Report for the Red Squirrels United Project.

Dunn, M., Sing, L., Clarke, T. & Moseley D. (2020). Attitudes Towards Landscape Benefits and Woodland Creation in Southern Scotland. Survey Findings Summary Report. Report for Scottish Forestry.

Dunn, M., Marzano, M. & Forster, J. (2020). Buying better biosecurity: plant buying behaviour and the implications for an accreditation scheme in the horticultural sector. Plants, People, Planet. 2(3), 259-268. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10076

Church, S.P., Babin, N., Bentlage, B., Dunn, M., Ulrich-Schad, J.D., Ranjan, P., Magner, J., McLellan, E., Stephan, S., Tomer, M. & Prokopy, L.S. (2019). The Beargrass story: utilizing social science to evaluate and learn from the “watershed approach”. Journal of Contemporary Water Resources and Education, (167), 78-96.

Church, S. P., Dunn, M., & Prokopy, L.S. (2019). Benefits to Qualitative Data Quality with Multiple Coders: Two Case Studies in Multi-coder Data Analysis. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 34(1), 2.

Dunn, M., Moseley, D. & Sing, L. (2019). Exploring Opportunities for New Woodlands at the Landscape Level: Towards a formal method for South Scotland and beyond. Report for Forestry Commission Scotland.

Ambrose-Oji, B., Dunn, M. & Atkinson, M. (2018). Pine martens in the Forest of Dean: Stakeholder and public attitudes. Forest Research report to Pine Marten Reintroduction Feasibility Project, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Coleford. 47pp.

Singh, A., McGowan, B., O’Donnell, M., Overstreet, B., Ulrich-Schad, J., Dunn, M., Klotz, H. & Prokopy, L.S. (2018). The influence of demonstration sites and field days on adoption of conservation practices. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 73(3), 276-283.

Dunn, M., Marzano, M., Gill, R. & Forster, J. (2018). Public attitudes towards ‘pest’ management: perceptions on squirrel management strategies in the UK. Biological Conservation, 222, 52-63.

Church, S. P., Dunn, M., Babin, N., Mase, A. S., Haigh, T. & Prokopy, L. S. (2017). Do advisors perceive climate change as an agricultural risk? An in-depth examination of Midwestern US Ag advisors’ views on drought, climate change, and risk management. Agriculture and Human Values, 1-17.

Church, S.P., Haigh, T., Widhalm, M., de Jalon, S.G., Babin, N., Carlton, J.S., Dunn, M., Fagan, K., Knutson, C.L. & Prokopy, L.S. (2016). Agricultural trade publications and the 2012 Midwestern U.S. drought: A missed opportunity for climate risk communication. Climate Risk Management, 15, 45-60.

Parkins, J. R., Dunn, M., Reed, M. G. & Sinclair, A. J. (2016). Forest governance as neoliberal strategy: A comparative case study of the Model Forest Program in Canada. Journal of Rural Studies, 45, 270-278.

Dunn, M., Mullendore, N., de Jalon, S. G. & Prokopy, L. S. (2016). The Role of County Surveyors and County Drainage Boards in Addressing Water Quality. Environmental Management, 1-13.

Dunn, M., Ulrich-schad, J. D., Prokopy, L. S., Myers, R. L., Watts, C. R. & Scanlon, K. (2016). Perceptions and use of cover crops among early adopters: Findings from a national survey. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 71(1), 29–40.

Prokopy, L.S., Carlton, J.S., Arbuckle Jr, J.G., Haigh, T., Lemos, M.C., Mase, A.S., Babin, N., Dunn, M., Andresen, J., Angel, J. & Hart, C. (2015). Extension′s role in disseminating information about climate change to agricultural stakeholders in the United States. Climatic Change, 130(2), 261–272.

Dunn, M. (2011). Affordable housing in Northumberland National Park. Doctoral thesis. Northumbria University.

Paterson, E. & Dunn, M. (2009). Perspectives on utilising Community Land Trusts as a vehicle for affordable housing provision. Local Environment, 14(8), 749–764.