Forrest Fleischman CREAF Talk
Sala de Graus II. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès Barcelona
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CREAF Talk with Forrest Fleischman - "Restoration Social Science: A new Research Agenda on Ecological Restoration"

Thursday, February 1, 2024

TITLE: "Restoration Social Science: A new Research Agenda on Ecological Restoration"

DATE: Thursday, 1st February 2024.

TIME & FORMAT: form 12 to 1pm CET - In-person and online.

Seminars will combine in-person and online formats (CREAF, Sala Graus II, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) but in all cases, talks will be always streamed (not recorded), so they can be followed online.

HOW TO CONNECT: direct link to Forrest Fleischman's conference.


Ecological Restoration as a field emerged out of ecological questions about the composition of ecological communities in degraded/regrowing sites, yet as restoration has expanded into broad national & international policy goals, it has engaged insufficiently with the social sciences. I propose 3 sets of research questions for engagement between social scientists and restoration ecologists: (1) how do people influence restoration outcomes? (2) how do restoration outcomes influence people? and (3) why has restoration been adopted as a national and global policy priority? Drawing on my field research in India & the US, I provide some tentative answers to these questions.


Forrest Fleischman is an associate professor in the department of forest resources at the University of Minnesota (USA), and a visiting scientist at ICTA-UAB. His research focuses on understanding how the policymaking process influences the outcomes of environmental projects and programs, and has conducted extensive research in the US, Mexico, and India among other places.