Kathryn Hand, BSc(Hons), MSc

Kathryn Hand, BSc(Hons), MSc

Kate hand staff profileEmail: Kathryn.hand@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 ()0300 067 5993

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Kathryn joined Forest Research’s Urban Forestry Research Group (UFoRG) in November 2016. She previously worked in biological recording with local environmental recording centres, has experience with Natural England working on woodland surveys, and earlier worked with seabird conservation in New Zealand. Kathryn completed her MSc on urban ecology in 2014 at the University of Otago, New Zealand, which followed on from a BSc in Biology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Current role

Urban Forest Scientist

  • Undertaking research on urban forest valuation tools and the benefits of urban forest creation.

Current programmes

  • Evaluation of impact from UK i-Tree Eco surveys
    Working with the Social and Economic Research Group to evaluate the impact of i-Tree Eco surveys on the attitudes, policy and management of the urban forest.
  • Scoping review of approach to valuate costs and benefits of brownfield regeneration to woodland
    Producing a review of tools and approaches to valuate the costs and benefits associated with brownfield regeneration to woodland.  Applying selected approaches to case study examples in a retrospective cost-benefit analysis. 

Main recent publications

Hand, K.L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P.J., Recio, M.R., Stein, A. and van Heezik, Y., 2016. The importance of urban gardens in supporting children's biophilia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p.201609588.

Hand, K.L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P.J., Stein, A. and van Heezik, Y., 2016. A novel method for fine-scale biodiversity assessment and prediction across diverse urban landscapes reveals social deprivation-related inequalities in private, not public spaces. Landscape and Urban Planning, 151, pp.33-44.