Trees Near Us

01.03.2019 - 31.12.2022

Research group

The research project “Trees Near Us” explores what makes some individual trees important to people. We want to find out what kind of connections are between trees and people, how do they for and how they can be seen in everyday life personally and culturally.

“Trees Near Us” is an international and transdisciplinary research project, investigating the relationship of people with trees through science and art. It includes researchers from forest ecology, literature, and cultural anthropology, as well as professionals in the sound and photographic arts. The research is funded by the Finnish Kone Foundation on 2019-2022.

Research project is taking place in Finland and in the Netherlands. Finland and Netherlands represent contrasts in forest cover while still sharing a lot of similar cultural values. This combination makes them an interesting pair to compare how people feel about trees in their environment. Project is being led by the University of Eastern Finland and University of Turku (Finland) and Wageningen University (the Netherlands) are taking part to the study.