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Risk and the arborist in the remaking of the Australian urban forest


Davison, A and Kirkpatrick, JB, Risk and the arborist in the remaking of the Australian urban forest, Geographical Research, 52, (2) pp. 115-122. ISSN 1745-5863 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/1745-5871.12043


The emerging profession of arboriculture has influenced Australian urban landscapes over the past decade. Arborists manage the urban forest as a core component of urban sustainability. We analyse qualitative interviews with 53 professionals involved in tree management in six eastern Australian cities to determine the ways in which a concern with risk management has shaped both the urban forest and the professional status and role of arborists.We found tree-related risk has, in part, worked against urban greening by reducing tree size. However, an emerging risk culture has encouraged the development of the profession of arboriculture, which, in turn, has pioneered sophisticated ways, familiar to neither engineers nor ecologists, of ensuring the cohabitation of people and trees.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:urban forest, arborist, Australian cities, local government, public liability, qualitative research, risk management, sustainability, urban trees
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Davison, A (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:90771
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP0987099)
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2014-04-23
Last Modified:2017-11-14
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