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.


Research Areas

Urban forestry
Urban green space governance
Green infrastructure planning
Cultural ecosystem services
Place making and keeping
People and nature relations in urban societies

Projects

Routledge Handbook on Urban Forestry Completed
January, 2016April, 2017

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.

GREEN SURGE – Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy Current
November, 2013October, 2017
www.greensurge.eu

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.

An integrated approach to urban forestry for ecosystem-based adaptation Current
December, 2016December, 2017

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.

Inter- and transdisciplinary learning in Canadian urban forestry education Current
December, 2016December, 2017

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?

UBC campus tree inventory
May, 2017September, 2019

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.


Professional Affiliations

Springer Future City book series, Series Editor, July 2016
Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Editor-in-chief, June 2002
IUFRO Research Group 6.07 (urban forestry), Deputy coordinator (and previously coordinator), September 2000
Canadian Institute of Forestry, Member, October 2016

Current Graduate Students

Nuria Monica Navarro, MSc
Assessment of the urban forest of Mexico City, its benefits and public preferences (main advisor)
Jennifer Rae Pierce, PhD
Engagement in Urban Biodiversity Planning (committee member; main advisor: Maged Senbel, SCARP)
Jehane Samaha, MSc
The current and potential impacts of public gardens on the biodiversity of urban forests
Zach Wirtz, MSc
Urban forest governance – models for innovation and dealing with urban forest calamities
Hyeone Park, PhD
Urban food forestry for urban resilience (co-supervised with Jeanine Rhemtulla)

Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Tahia Devisscher (Post doc) – An integrated approach to urban forestry for ecosystem-based adaptation
Adrina Bardekjian (Post doc) – Inter- and transdisciplinary learning in Canadian urban forestry education
Elliot Bellis (student research assistant) – Campus tree inventory, experience value mapping
Alica Miao (student research assistant) – Campus tree inventory

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.


Current Courses

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)

 

Selected Publications


Ferrini, F., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., Fini, A. (2017). Handbook of Urban Forestry Routledge – Taylor & Francis
Sheppard, S., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., Croy, O., Palomo, A.M., Barron, S. (2017). Urban forest governance and community engagement Routledge In: Ferrini, F., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., Fini, A. (eds.), Handbook of Urban Forestry
Miller, R.W., Hauer, R., Werner, L., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2017). The history of trees in the city Routledge In: Ferrini, F., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., Fini, A. (eds.), Handbook of Urban Forestry
Krasny, M., Russ, A., Svendsen, E., Enqvist, J., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., (2017). Environmental Governance Cornell University Press In: Russ, A. & Krasny, M. (Eds.), Urban Environmental Education Review, pp. 103-111
Xiu, N., Ignatieva, M., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., Chai, Y., Wang, F., Cui, T., Yang, F. (2017). A socio-ecological perspective of urban green networks: the Stockholm case Urban Ecosystems, DOI 10.1007/s11252-017-0648-3
Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C. (2017). Spirituality and Landscape Planning Routledge Chapter in: Zsolnai, L. (Ed.), International Handbook on Spirituality and Society
Krajter Ostoić, S., Vuletić, D., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., Stevanov, M., Živojinović, I., Mutabdžija-Bećirović, S., Lazarević, J., Stojanova, B., Blagojević, D., Stojanovska, M., Nevenić, R., Pezdevšek Malovrh, Š. (2017). Citizen satisfaction with urban forests and green space: Results from selected South-european cities Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Vol. 22
Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2017). Urban Lifestyles: Forest Needs and Fears CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Forestry in the Midst of Global Changes (edited by Christine Farcy)
Konijnendijk, C. (2017). Cities and Nature: Urban forestry for greater biocultural diversity Nova Science Publishers Biological Conservation in the Twenty First Century: A Conservation Biology of Large Wildlife (editor: Michael Campbell)
Pauleit, S, Zoelch, T., Hansen, R., Randrup, T.B., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2017). Nature-based Solutions and Climate Change – Four Shades of Green Springer Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas (editors: Nadia Kabisch et al.)
Vierikko, K., Niemelä, J., Elands, B., Buijs, A., Haase, D., Kabisch, N., Kowarik, I., Fischer, L., Luz, A., Olafsson, A.S., Andersson, E., Száraz, L., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2016). Considering the ways biodiversity helps enforce urban green infrastructure in times of urban transformation Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 22: 7-12
Lerstrup, I., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C. (2016). Forest sites in a Danish forest preschool: Affordances and preferences Landscape Research, Vol. 42, 47-62
Mellqvist, H., Kristensen, L., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2016). Participatory green structure planning for linking urban and rural landscapes – Examples from a Swedish municipality Nordic Journal of Architectural Research 2016(3): 71-96
Jasmani, Z., Ravn, H.P., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C. (2016). The influence of small urban parks characteristics on bird diversity: A case study of Petaling Jaya, Malaysia Urban Ecosystems
Xiu, N., Ignatieva, M., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2016). The challenges of planning and designing urban green networks in Scandinavian and Chinese cities Routledge Journal of Architecture and Urbanism 40(3): 163-176
Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2016). Landscape Laboratories for the World! ‘Scape!
Konijnendijk, C. (2016). Urban forestry and arboricultural research in Europe: what’s new? International Society of Arboriculture Arborist News 25(6): 50-51
Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2016). Tree agency and urban forest governance Smart and Sustainable Built Environment 5(2)
Morgenroth, J., Östberg, J., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., Nielsen, A.B., Hauer, R.J., Sjöman, H., Chen, W.Y., Jansson, M. (2016). Urban Tree Diversity – Taking stock and looking ahead Elsevier Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 15: 1-5
Bastrup-Birk, A.M., Reker, J., Nihat, Z., …, Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., …, Zizensis, M. (47 authors) (2016). European forest ecosystems: state and trends European Environment Agency, Copenhagen
Morgenroth, J., Nielsen, A.B., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., Ӧstberg, J., Harðarson, S.B. (2016). Urban Tree Diversity for Sustainable Cities. Policy brief. CARe-FOR-US II, Copenhagen
Haaland, C., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2015). Challenges and strategies for urban green space planning in cities undergoing densification: a review. Elsevier Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14(4): 760-771
Plambech, T., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. (2015). The impact of nature on creativity – A study among Danish creative professionals. Elsevier Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14(2): 255-263.
Krajter Ostoic, S., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C. (2015). Exploring global scientific discourses on urban forestry Elsevier Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14(1): 129-138
Levinsson, A., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C., Öxell, C., Fransson, A.-M. (2015). Visual assessments of establishment success in urban Prunus avium (L.) and Quercus rubra (L.) in relation to water status and crown morphological characteristics. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14(2): 218-224
Fors, H., Fröik, J.M., Murphy, M., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C. (2015). User participation in urban green spaces – for the people or the parks? Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14(3): 722-734
Chan, C.-S., Marafa, L.M., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C. (2015). Changing perspectives in urban park management: a longitudinal study of Hong Kong. Managing Leisure 20(1): 56-76
Molin, J.F., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C. (2014). Between Big Ideas and Daily Realities – The role and perspectives of Danish municipal green space managers on public involvement in green space maintenance Elsevier Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 13(2): 553-561
Smith, H., Pereira, M., Hull, A., Konijnendijk, C. (2014). The governance of open space: decision-making around place-keeping Routledge In: Dempsey, N., Smith, H., Burton, M. (Eds.), Place-Keeping: Open Space Management in Practice.
Konijnendijk, C.C. (2014). From Government to Governance: Contribution to the political ecology of urban forestry Routledge, Oxford/New York In: Sandberg, L.A., Bardekjian, A., Butt, S. (Eds.), Urban Forests, Trees and Greenspace: A Political Ecology Perspective, pp. 35-48.
Nielsen, A.B., Annerstedt, M., Maruthaveeran, S., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C. (2014). Species richness in urban parks and its drivers: A review of empirical evidence Springer Urban Ecosystems 17(2): 305-327
Lawrence, A., De Vreese, R., Johnston, M., Sanesi, G., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C.C. (2013). Urban Forest Governance: towards a framework for comparing approaches Elsevier Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 12(4): 464-473
Nielsen, A.B., Konijnendijk, C.C., Wiström, B., Jensen, R.B. (2013). Municipal woodland in Denmark: resources, governance and management Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 28(1): 49-63
Keller, J.K.K., Konijnendijk, C.C. (2012). A comparative analysis of municipal urban tree inventories of selected major cities in North America and Europe International Society of Arboriculture Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 38(1): 24-30
Konijnendijk, C.C. (2010). The role of forestry in the development and reform of green belts Taylor & Francis Planning Practice and Research 25(2): 239-252
Konijnendijk, C.C. (2008). The Forest and the City – the cultural landscape of urban woodland Springer
Mertz, O., Ravnborg, H.M., Lövei, G., Nielsen, I., Konijnendijk, C.C. (2007). Ecosystem services and biodiversity in developing countries. Introduction to a special issue. Biology and Conservation 16(10): 2729-2737
Janse, G., Konijnendijk, C.C. (2007). Communication between science, policy and citizens in public participation in urban forestry – Experiences from the NeighbourWoods project Elsevier Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 6(1): 23-40
Tyrväinen, L., Gustavsson, R., Konijnendijk, C.C., Ode, Å. (2006). Visualization and landscape laboratories in planning, design and management of urban woodlands Elsevier Forest Policy and Economics 8(8): 811-823
Caspersen, O., Konijnendijk, C.C., Olafsson, A.S. (2006). Green planning and land-use – the recreational landscape of Greater Copenhagen. Geografisk Tidskrift 106(2): 7-20
Konijnendijk, C.C., Randrup, T.B., Nilsson, K., Schipperijn, J. (2005). Urban forests and trees – a reference book Springer
Konijnendijk, C.C. (2004). New perspectives for urban forests: Introducing wild woodlands Springer In: Kowarik, I. and Körner, S. (Eds.) Wild Urban Woodlands, pp. 33-45.
Konijnendijk, C.C. (2003). A decade of urban forestry in Europe Elsevier Forest Policy and Economics 5(3): 173-186