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SUPERB researchers contribute to forest restoration across Europe

Liliana Bounegru and Jonathan Gray co-lead a team at the Department of Digital Humanities, exploring how humanities-based digital methods can contribute towards discussions around reforestation and adaptability.

Carpathian mountains in the winter, the trees are covered in snow

Liliana Bounegru and Jonathan Gray at the Department of Digital Humanities will be co-investigators on a major new project to support ecosystem restoration for forest-related biodiversity in Europe.

The systemic solutions for upscaling of urgent ecosystem restoration for forest-related biodiversity and ecosystem services, also known as SUPERB, project is led by the European Forest Institute and involves a consortium of 36 project partners and 90 associate partners, and receives €20 million in support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

King’s contribution will focus on exploring how humanities-based digital methods can be used to understand forest issues and broader societal contexts and engagements around restoration, drawing on approaches from fields such as science and technology studies, environmental humanities and Internet studies. Liliana Bounegru comments: 

 

“In the wake of COP26 we know that forest restoration is critical for both protecting biodiversity and for helping to meet emissions reductions targets. But it is also not uncomplicated and should not be undertaken without care or regard for associated issues and affected communities. We look forward to seeing how social and cultural research might contribute to enriching learning and broadening involvement around this vital restoration work.”– Liliana Bounegru

More about the project can be found here.

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Liliana  Bounegru

Liliana Bounegru

Lecturer in Digital Methods

Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray

Senior Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies