Journal article

Urban forest governance and decision-making: A systematic review and synthesis of the perspectives of municipal managers

Camilo Ordonez, Caragh G Threlfall, Dave Kendal, Dieter F Hochuli, Melanie Davern, Richard A Fuller, Rodney van der Ree, Stephen J Livesley



Empirical research on the views of municipal managers can provide insights into urban forest governance and decision-making. However, current research is fragmented across a diversity of case studies using a variety of methods. To address this issue, we undertook a systematic review and synthesis of empirical studies based on the views of municipal managers. We extracted information on the concerns, priorities, factors, and actors that influence municipal manager decision-making using a governance framework to extract ideas on the discourses, actors, rules, and resources that influence their decision-making. Out of >1400 articles found in searches, only 60 were relevant empirical studies, wi..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was made possible by funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Partnership grant #LP160100780 - Managing urban trees for people and wildlife. We also thank the City of Ballarat, City of Hume, City of Melbourne, and City of Moreland for their support. Authors C. Threlfall and D. Kendal were supported by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program through the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL).