Dr Nerida Anderson
Dr Nerida Anderson is a social researcher with interests in the social and psychological aspects of human-environment interactions, in particular the human dimensions of natural resource management and forest management. Her research work has application for understanding social and psychological responses to rural landscape change. In her PhD she investigated factors influencing community perceptions and evaluations of plantation forestry in Tasmania, looking in particular at the way evaluations of plantation forestry were related to different perceptions of rural landscapes and the place meanings attributed to those landscapes. Her research also includes: integrating ecological modelling with social and environmental psychology to incorporate social values for forests within indicator frameworks for sustainable forest management; development and testing of a psychometric scale to measure social values for public land across different contexts; and research examining social and psychological factors associated with urban water use.