For the past 20 years I have studied, taught and advised on the role of trees and green space in our cities and towns. My particular interests include green space governance (including community involvement), people-nature relationships and cultural ecosystem services, and urban forestry and urban greening. My work has brought me across the globe and I have always worked in close dialogue with decision-makers and practitioners, and I am eager to develop new research that has high practical relevance. Before coming to UBC, I worked at Wageningen University (Netherlands), the European Forest Institute (Finland), the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden), and the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China).
My research and teaching at UBC focus on some of the aspects above. I will e.g, teach the UFOR 100 introduction course, the UFOR 402 course on urban forest governance, legislation and administration, and other courses in UBC’s urban forestry program. From July 2017, I will also serve as Programme Director for the Bachelor of Urban Forestry.
Together with Francesco Ferrini and Alessio Fini (both University of Florence) I edited a new Handbook on Urban Forestry, with 35 chapters by over 50 authors on all aspects of urban forestry.
I was the PI and Project Coordinator of this European-Union funded research project until my move to UBC. During the final stages of this project (which ends in November 2017) I am still contributing to some of the outputs and publications. Moreover I am a member of the project’s scientific advisory group.
This project led by postdoctoral fellow Tahia Devisscher adopts an innovative integrated approach to study social-ecological interactions that can enhance the management of urban forests for climate adaptation. Vancouver is one of the case studies.
Project led by postdoctoral fellow Adrina Bardekjian. This research will examine the following questions: What are the subjugated narratives in Canada’s urban forestry education? Do educators see that research and pedagogy in urban forestry is transdisciplinary? With whom do they work in terms of other disciplines? How does this relate to teaching practices: are there similar alliances, or is the collaboration different?
This joint effort with UBC Campus & Community Planning and the SEEDS programme aims to carry out a full, step-wise inventory and assessment of the urban forest at UBC’s Vancouver campus.
Current Graduate Students
Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants
Previous Students, Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants
During my past employments in Denmark and Sweden I’ve had the pleasure to (co-)supervise the following PhD students in their research on aspects of urban forestry and urban greening: Nor Akmar Abdul Aziz, Adrina Bardekjian, Johnson Chan, Hanna Fors, Natalie Gulsrud, April Jackson, Zanariah Jasmani, Christian P. Kjoeller, Silvija Krajter Ostoic, Anna Levinsson, Li Liu, Victoria Lygum, Helena Mellqvist, Sreetheran Maruthaveeran, Maja Steen Moeller, Julie F. Molin, Christine Nuppenau, Martyna Surma and Na Xiu. In addition, I have (co-)supervised over 20 Master students in completing their thesis.
UFOR 100 – Greening the City (winter term), with Lorien Nesbitt
UFOR 400 – Urban forestry field camp (summer, with Cathy Koot and Sara Barron)
UFOR 401 – Urban forestry capstone studio (spring term, with Sara Barron)
UFOR 402 – Urban forestry administration, policy and law (spring term)
- Vancouver ranks highest in tree canopy coverage among world’s major cities, January 4, 2017
- 250 News, “Panel examines Healthy Forests, Healthy Lives”, October 14, 2016
- CBC Daybreak North, “Living near nature makes you healthier and happier, research says”, October 11, 2016
- Le Devoir, “Vitales, nos forêts urbaines”, October 8, 2016