Watts, Rosie

Watts,  Rosie
Start date:
October 2018
Research Topic:
Vegetation Fire Management
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Keith Halfacre, Stefan Doerr, Cristina Santin
Supervising school:
Department of Geography,

This project focuses on the social perceptions of vegetation fires in the UK, both as a hazard and management tool. With the behaviour and activity of vegetation fire phenomenon changing over the past century, it is a current issue with multiple different stakeholders having significant interest in the issue. The project steps to obtain nuanced understanding of how different groups experience, understand and react both to threats from wildfire and to managed burning. There is little understanding of the social understanding of vegetation fire, especially in the UK, so there is a significant gap in research, especially relevant as people play such a key role in ignition in the UK.