Research, Uncategorized, urban forestry

Over the Years We Grow: National Scale Progress in Engagement and Research at Tree Canada

Originally published on The Nature of Cities: May 8, 2018 Over the past four years in leading the Engagement and Research portfolio at Tree Canada, I have had the opportunity to watch the organization grow, contribute to designing programs that move beyond tree planting efforts, and to create a network of knowledge sharing for Canada’s urban… Continue reading Over the Years We Grow: National Scale Progress in Engagement and Research at Tree Canada

arboriculture, Research, urban forestry

Inspiring communities and influencing change: Towards a deeper understanding of arborist roles

Last week at the International Society of Arboriculture Ontario Chapter (ISAO) Annual Conference in Huntsville, Ontario, I had the opportunity to present my two sociological research studies to over 550 delegates: First, an overview of findings from my doctoral work about arborist perspectives on language, labour, agency and education in southern Ontario; and, second, the preliminary… Continue reading Inspiring communities and influencing change: Towards a deeper understanding of arborist roles

Research, Travel, urban forestry

Diversity in urban forestry

This past week I had the opportunity to participate in the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) International Round table workshop and pubic event called, “Do Rainbows Come in Green? Urban Forests and Multicultural Citizenship”. The three-day workshop was coordinated by Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, and held in Vancouver at the University… Continue reading Diversity in urban forestry

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Research in urban forestry: The social side of things

Urban forestry research has been generally classified in two categories: the biophysical and applied areas, and the social science side of things. The biophysical and applied aspects include threats and diseases such as Dutch elm disease, emerald ash borer, ecosystem services (benefits and value), and climate adaptation. The social sciences include human dimensions such as… Continue reading Research in urban forestry: The social side of things

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Research in urban forestry: Expanding directions and sharing knowledge

As published on Tree Canada's Blog on October 6, 2015. Our Tree Canada team was sitting around our table in the boardroom discussing a recent event when I offered a casual reference to an uncommon book that I had read the previous week regarding a labour issue. At this point, Monette Gauvreau, our Communications Officer, and… Continue reading Research in urban forestry: Expanding directions and sharing knowledge

Research, urban forestry

Reflections on organizing the “Urban Forests & Political Ecologies” Conference of 2013

  The Urban Forests & Political Ecologies (UFPE) Conference took place from April 18-20th, 2013, at the University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, in the Great Hall. The overall vision for the UFPE Conference was to showcase the important work and creativity of groups and individuals working in urban forestry issues across disciplines. The… Continue reading Reflections on organizing the “Urban Forests & Political Ecologies” Conference of 2013