Dr Euan Bowditch


Euan Bowditch


Scottish School of Forestry Research
Landscape, Forests & People


+44 (0)1463 273294

Inverness College UHI
Research Hub
1 Inverness Campus

My background is in forest management, which combines diverse practical experience with ongoing education and professional development. Including a B.Sc (Hons) in Forest and Woodland Management from University of Central Lancashire (Newton Rigg), a Masters in Environmental Law from Nottingham University and a Ph.D in Forestry and ecosystem approaches from Aberdeen University (UHI). I have also worked in the forest sector in Guatemala, USA, Portugal and Germany, which focused upon the role of forest management in community and urban forestry projects. I am also a qualified arborist (ISA Cert) with strong links to municipal management, social outreach and enterprise projects. I joined UHI in 2011 originally as a Ph.D student and have since taken up a full-time researcher position, which includes developing the Landscape, Forests and People Research Group. Additionally I am module leader for Environment Impact Assessment and help deliver GIS components for two other modules at the Scottish School of Forestry.

Research Interests

Woodland management practice and stakeholder perceptions of woodland use, integration and potential expansion.

Development of decision support tool that aids land managers assess the socio-economic feasibility of woodfuel production at local scales.

Applied and local interpretations of ecosystem approaches.

Spatial mapping cultural perspectives linked with land use and practice.

Tree health, community stewardship and complex relationships between people and trees within an urban environment.

Bringing carbon to communities – role of partnerships in bridging scales and facilitating access to carbon markets

Current and recent projects

Feasibility of Elm species and current impact of Dutch Elm Disease Project. Forestry Commission.

Forest management and policies for red squirrel conservation in Scotland. Project in collaboration with Forestry Commission Scotland (FSC), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).

Past projects

Walking the land – Gaining insights into a locally relevant ecosystem approach through the lens of woodland expansion and energy (PhD)

The meaning of the Montreal Process to small-scale private landowners in Virginia.


Bowditch EAD (2016) Walking the land : examining an ecosystem approach for private estates through the lens of woodland expansion, PhD Thesis, University of Aberdeen, 481 pp., link

Bowditch EAD (2016) Elm in the Highlands: current status and potential management responses to Dutch elm disease, Forestry Commission Scotland, Edinburgh

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