Clare Joins the Campaign Against Ash Dieback

Published Wednesday, 5th December 2012 in Research news

Dr Claire Hall

SRUC Rural Sustainability Researcher Dr Clare Hall has joined the DEFRA team tackling the outbreak of Chalara threatening Britain’s Ash Trees.

She has begun a five month secondment as a social science research fellow, supporting tree health and plant biosecurity.

Clare will mainly be based with the Plant Health Policy Team at Defra’s “Food and Environment Research Agency’ at Sand Hutton, York. She will also work with staff in London from the Government’s ‘Animal and Plant Health Evidence and Analysis’ Team, as well as colleagues in the Forestry Commission and Forest Research.

In the fight against what could be a devastating outbreak Clare’s role will be to help identify aspects about human behaviour and public attitudes that could guide any strategy to control or limit the spread of the disease. The support of foresters, land owners, community groups and many others will be necessary and Clare’s task is similar to existing SRUC research into what drives farmer decision making and adoption of new technology or ideas. It will involve extensive discussion with foresters, scientist and policy makers in a review of existing research and understanding, while exploring how additional social science research might best be directed.

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