- Urban Forestry
- Forest Policy and Management
- Ecosystem Services
- Climate Change
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 management decisions. I have a particular interest in urban trees and forests, forest policy and management, and in the benefits trees/forests provide to society and human well-being.
Currently, I am a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Fellow, funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The 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 the Centre for Environmental Policy's MSc in Environmental Technology.
Prior to this, I ran the ESRC 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 Forest Research in the UK, 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 the 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 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