Studying smart forests’ social-political impacts
Digital technologies such as smart forests are developing as important strategies for addressing environmental change. Smart forests aim to increase the climate benefits from forests and the forest sector. However, these new technologies can lead to unanticipated social-political impacts, and smart forests, unlike smart cities, remain understudied. The EU-funded SmartForests project will investigate how smart forests are established and how digital technologies influence environmental management. Taking into consideration the fact that smart forests potentially run the risk of creating social-political inequalities and undemocratic governance, the project will explore and analyse how digital technologies transform forests and forest communities by examining practices of monitoring, mitigating, regulating and transforming environmental change.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-COG - Consolidator Grant
CB2 1TN Cambridge
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