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Title: Shifting governance of state forestry in Britain : a critical investigation of the transition from productivism to post-productivism
Author: Owens, Nerys Elisa
ISNI:       0000 0004 2720 3932
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis brings together key ideas on social nature, governance and regulation to provide a critical investigation of the shifting governance of state forestry in Britain. It is claimed that the state forestry sector has undergone a transition in recent years from a position within a regime of intensive industrial production to one based on post- industrial forestry, in which the traditional emphasis on timber production now sits alongside more recent trends towards the 'socialisation' of forestry. Using evidence drawn from semi-structured interviews with policy actors from within the forestry sector and other rural, environmental and local government agencies the paper will examine whether these new forms of social forestry have been accompanied by new accumulation and governance systems or merely represents shifts in the discourse of forestry and forests promoted by the state. The paper then shifts to the sub-national scale to examine the implementation of national systems of forestry at the local level. Evidence from research undertaken in mid-Wales, UK on socio-cultural productions, representations and consumptions of nature within two forest communities are utilised to highlight the significance of past nature productions in influencing local understandings of nature and forestry and helping us to better understand the contested nature of forest landscapes in Wales. This serves to highlight the complex relations between national regulatory systems, local policy actors and local socio-natural systems.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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