- Urban Forestry
- Forest Policy and Management
- Ecosystem Services
Current Research Activities
My research focuses on the dynamics of human-environmental relationships in order to understand how people relate to and value nature, and how this can inform policy, land use and sustainable management decisions. I have a particular interest in urban trees and forests, including in the contributions these make to society and human well-being, and in forest policy and management in the context of climate change.
Currently, I am a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Fellow at the Technical University in Munich (TUM) and a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College London's Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP). My EU Horizon 2020 funded project 'TREEPACT' investigates the impacts of pests/pathogens on urban trees and forests in the context of climate change. I am also involved in teaching in CEP's MSc in Environmental Technology and TUM's MSc in Sustainable Resource Management.
Prior to this, I ran an ESRC funded impact acceleration project which aimed at enhancing the impact of research linked to UK forestry policy and management through various communication and knowledge exchange activities.
I also worked in the social and economic science team at UK Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, undertaking applied research. This included research on land owner perceptions towards trees and resilience, and the impacts of i-Tree Eco tree surveys on policy and practice. I was also involved in evaluations of the Westonbirt Arboretum and Royal Parks community involvement projects, the Active Forest programme, and the citizen science project Observatree.
Participation in other multi- and inter-disciplinary projects included the UK Forest Policy and Ecosystem Services project, the UNPICK project which investigates how UK publics perceive the growing threats to tree health from invasive pests and diseases, the Open Air Laboratories citizen science project, and the Air Pollution Research in London network. Before undertaking my PhD research on foresty policy at CEP, I was the coordinator of the Air Pollution Research in London network.
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Raum S, 2018, A framework for integrating systematic stakeholder analysis in ecosystem services research: Stakeholder mapping for forest ecosystem services in the UK, Ecosystem Services, Vol:29, ISSN:2212-0416, Pages:170-184
Raum S, Potter C, 2015, Forestry paradigms and policy change: The evolution of forestry policy in Britain in relation to the ecosystem approach, Land Use Policy, Vol:49, ISSN:1873-5754, Pages:462-470