- Forestry Policy
- Green Infrastructure - Urban Trees/Parks
- Ecosystem Services
- Biodiversity Conservation
- Sustainable Natural Resource Management
- Climate Change and Air Pollution
Current Research Activities
My research focuses on exploring 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 management decisions. I have a particular interest in forestry and conservation policy, urban green infrastructure, such as street trees, parks, and woodlands, and the benefits these provide to society and human well-being.
Currently, I am working on accelerating the impact of research linked to UK forestry policy through various communication and knowledge exchange activities, and new collaborations. I am also involved in teaching on the Centre for Environmental Policy's MSc in Environmental Technology.
Prior to this, I 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 and attitudes towards trees and resilience, the impacts of UK i-Tree Eco tree surveys on policy and practice, and valuing and integrating cultural ecosystem services. I was also involved in the evaluation of the Westonbirt Arboretum and the Royal Parks community involvement projects, the Active Forest programme, and the citizen science project Observatree.
Participation in other multi- and inter-disciplinary projects, involving ecologists, social scientists, economists, pollution modellers, policy-makers, and practitioners, included the UK Forestry Policy and Ecosystem Services project, the UNPICK project which investigates how UK publics understand and perceive the growing threats to tree health from invasive pests and diseases, the Open Air Laboratories citizen science project, and the Air Pollution in London network.
et al., 2019, Achieving impact from ecosystem assessment and valuation of urban greenspace: the case of i-Tree Eco in Great Britain, Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol:190, ISSN:0169-2046
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