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Julie Urquhart

Associate Professor Of Environmental Social Science

My research focuses on human-environment relationships, particularly around natural resource management, spanning forestry, fisheries and agriculture.


Julie is an Associate Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at the University of Gloucestershire. Julie joined the CCRI in August 2017, after previously working at the Centre for Environment Policy at Imperial College London.

While Julie’s roots are in environmental science, her work integrates environmental social science and human geography, as well as research collaborations with arts’ practitioners and arts’ scholars. As an interdisciplinarian, Julie has over 15 years’ experience in research relating to sustainable resource management across forestry, fisheries and agriculture.

She often works as part of interdisciplinary teams, bringing social science expertise to policy-related research, alongside natural scientists and economists. She has worked closely with Defra and Forest Research over many years and sits on Defra’s Trees and Woodlands Scientific Advisory Group. She has undertaken research for a range of funders, such as UKRI, the European Commission and the UK Government.

Julie is also Ambassador of the NERC, ESRC & AHRC funded Future of UK Treescapes Programme, a £14.5M programme of research running for four years from 2020.


  • PhD: Forest Policy, Countryside and Community Research Institute, 2009
  • MA: Research Methods (Countryside Planning), Countryside and Community Research Institute, 2006
  • BSc (Hons): Environmental Sciences, University of Greenwich, 2004


Early Career Researcher Excellence Award, University of Greenwich (2012)

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers since 2003

Teaching & Research


I have over 10 years’ experience teaching on geography and environmental science programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Current research involves projects for Defra on tree health and fisheries, providing evidence that will directly inform the development of new post-Brexit policy. Other research areas include the human dimensions of tree pests and diseases and plant biosecurity, the social and cultural values of small-scale fisheries and the role of farmer learning for resilience in European farming systems.


More publications from Julie Urquhart can be found in the Research Repository.