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

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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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Copyright 2014 Institute of Australian Geographers

DOI: doi:10.1111/1745-5871.12043

Abstract

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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:urban forest, arborist, Australian cities, local government, public liability, qualitative research, risk management, sustainability, urban trees
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Social and Cultural Geography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Other Environment
Objective Field:Environment not elsewhere classified
Author:Davison, A (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:90771
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP0987099)
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2014-04-23
Last Modified:2017-11-14
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