Anna Lawrence


  • PH1 2NX

    United Kingdom

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Research Expertise

  • External examiner/opponent for PhD defences in five countries
  • UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe): Coordinating Lead Author for Study on Forest Ownership in the UNECE region. June 2017-Jan 2019
  • Lead researcher, evaluation of ‘Making Local Woods Work’, a UK wide programme of support to growing woodland-based social enterprise.
  • Collaboration with SRUC on ‘Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms and of options for supporting the expansion of community ownership in Scotland’ commissioned by the Scottish Land Commission. 2018.
  • Guest Professor, University of Padua, Italy, Dec 2017-Jan 2018: designed and taught module on ‘Social Forestry’ available to post-graduate students in forestry and related subjects
  • Guest Professor, BOKU (University of Land Sciences) Vienna: module on ‘Participation revisited: citizen science, community research and change’ delivered to students from across bachelor, masters and PhD, and range of departments April 2017
  • UNECE: Lead author “Social Aspects of Green Economy –Study Paper on Forest Sector Workforce” 2017. 
  • “Value from supporting local forestry businesses – a scoping study” lead author of consultancy report by Forest Policy Group to Forestry Commission Scotland, 2017-18
  • Vice Chair, COST Action FP1201 Forest Land Ownership Changes in Europe: Significance for Management and Policy (FACESMAP). Co-led 30 country collaboration to share knowledge and draw wider lessons on changing forest ownership across Europe. Leader of two sub-groups: comparisons of community forest ownership models in Italy, Slovakia, Sweden and UK; and a synthesis model of advisory systems for private forest owners in 11 countries. 2013-17.
  • Domain Expert for forest governance: SIMWOOD Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood. EU FP7 Project No. 613762. Follow-up consultancy: ‘Evidence review on factors affecting mobilisation of wood’

Research Interests

  • Researcher, teacher and programme leader in social forestry and action research, over 30 years, in more than 25 countries.
  • Established the Human Ecology research programme at the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University (2001-2008)
  • Head of Social and Economic Research at Forest Research (the Forestry Commission’s research institute) (2008-2015)
  • Independent consultant, visiting professor, and director of Random Forest Research since 2015

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in International Development, University of Reading, UK
  • MSc in Forestry, University of Oxford, UK
  • BA Natural Sciences (Botany) (First Class), University of Cambridge, UK

Research links

  • Chartered Forester – professional member, Institute of Chartered Foresters; Board Member, Educational & Scientific Trust
  • Editorial Board member: Citizen Science: Theory and Practice
  • Member, Royal Scottish Forestry Society, and member of Editorial Board, Scottish Forestry, from December 2014
  • Member of Evaluation Panel, Community Asset Transfer Scheme, Forest Enterprise Scotland 

In 2007 Anna was awarded the James Martin Fellowship in Forest Governance, Oxford University.  She gave the 2006 Distinguished Ethnobotanist lecture, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on 24 October 2006.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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