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Lindsay K. Campbell

Lindsay K. Campbell
Research Social Scientist
Urban Forests, Human Health, and Environmental Quality
290 Broadway, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10007
United States
Current Research
My current research explores the dynamics of civic stewardship, environmental governance, and sustainability policymaking--with a particular emphasis on issues of social and environmental justice. Here are a few examples of my projects:

STEW-MAP (the Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project) is a longitudinal assessment that analyzes the organizational capacity, spatial locations, and networked relationships of thousands of civic stewardship groups. The methodology and approach began in New York City and has been replicated in a 15+ different domestic and international locations, including Chicago, Baltimore, Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Juan, PR, and Paris, as part of a collaborative network of researchers and practitioners interested in understanding and supporting stewardship.

The Living Memorials Project examined September 11 as a disturbance to which people respond, including through acts of stewardship. We continued this research longitudinally to understand how community-based stewardship persists and changes over time. This project led to the Landscapes of Resilience project and the FS edited volume Green Readiness, Response, and Recovery: A Collaborative Synthesis.

City of Forests, City of Farms explores how the politics and practices of urban forestry and urban agriculture in New York City are negotiated. It centers on the municipal long term sustainability plan, PlaNYC2030. From this entry point, it analyzes the network of actors, institutions, discourses, and socio-natural environments that constitute urban forestry and urban agriculture. It asks: what actors via what institutions make what claims in order to shape the goals that are set within the plan? What accounts for the varied treatment of urban forestry and agriculture in a single city within a single sustainability planning process? How do the goals of the plan alter resource management practices going forward? This book was published in 2017 by Cornell University Press.
Research Interest
I am a founding member of the New York City Urban Field Station, which was jointly created by the Forest Service Northern Research Station and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The Urban Field Station develops and applies adaptive management and science to improve human well-being and the environment in urban metropolitan areas. I develop a number of applied projects at the interface of research and practice for the Urban Field Station on issues ranging from urban forestry planning and management, to ecological literacy, to green jobs. I participate in coalitions and efforts such as the MillionTreesNYC campaign and the Forest for All Coalition.  I create transdisciplinary spaces of collaboration between land managers, scientists, artists, and other practitioners. In partnership with The Nature of Cities, I created and co-lead our Urban Field Station Collaborative Arts Program.
Why This Research Is Important
My research aims to reveal how urban social-ecological systems are structured and function in order to support human well-being and environmental quality. I use social science methods to understand the dynamic relationships between people and nature, particularly in urban context--but with applications across urban-to-rural gradients--to enable more effective and equitable natural resource management. I use co-production and transdisciplinary approaches to engage "many ways of knowing" and to develop more inclusive approaches to knowledge development.
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Ph.D., Geography, 2013
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Master Of Arts, Geography, 2011
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Masters Of City Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 2006
  • Princeton University, B.A., Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, 2002
Professional Organizations
  • Leadership Team,  Forest for All NYC Coalition,  2019 - Current
  • Co-Chair,  Science and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay,  2019 - Current
  • Science Advisory Committee,  Freshkills Park,  2015 - 2018
  • Advisory Committee,  Million Trees NYC,  2007 - 2015
  • Steering Committee,  Urban Ecology Collaborative,  2003 - 2006
Awards & Recognition
  • Forest Service Northern Research Station Director's Award, 2015
    Early Career Scientist Award
  • Forest Service Chief's Award for Engaging Urban America, 2009
    Received by the NYC Urban Field Station for "Restoring NYC's Ecosystems"
  • Forest Service Chief's Award for Engaging Urban America, 2009
    Notable Government Document Award for Restorative Commons
  • Forest Service Northern Research Station Partnership Award, 2008
    Received by the NYC Urban Field Station
  • Forest Service Northern Research Station "Civil Rights Outstanding Location Award", 2008
    Received by the NYC Urban Field Station
  • EDRA/Places Award for Research, 2007
    "Living Memorials National Research: 9/11 and the Public Landscape"
  • Forest Service Chief's Award for Technology Transfer, 2003
    Received by the Living Memorials Project
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Citations of Non-Forest Service Publications
  • Campbell, Lindsay K. 2017.  City of Forests, City of Farms: Sustainability Planning for New York City’s Nature.  Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. 290 p.

Research Highlights

From World's Largest Landfill to New York City's Newest Park

Year: 2012
The story of the restoration of Fresh Kills Salt Marsh, Staten Island, NY

Scientists Assess Social Meaning of Jamaica Bay Region Parkland

Year: 2014
The Jamaica Bay region of New York City is a focus of resiliency planning and adaptive management efforts. Working with natural resource managers and ecologists from the Natural Areas Conservancy and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Forest Service social scientists developed a method to a...

Forest Service Research Evaluates Public Response to Transformed Landfill

Year: 2016
City parks are easy to love, but would you love, or visit, a park that used to be a landfill? As part of a team that included the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and university partners, Forest Service social scientists Lindsay Campbell and Stephanie Snyder explored public response ...

Forest Service Partnership with MillionTreesNYC

Year: 2013
The demand for a well-trained green-collar labor force will increase as many cities implement sustainability and green infrastructure plans. Additionally, many green jobs training programs are intended to provide pathways out of poverty for low-skilled workers. Forest Service scientists investigated...