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    Historically, the urban forestry literature, including the workfeatured in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, has focused primarily on either quantitative, positivistic analyses of human-environment dynamics, or applied research to inform the management of natural resources, without sufficiently problematizing the effects of power within these processes (Bentsen et al.,2010; Krajter Ostoic and Konijnendijk van den Bosch, 2015 but see Lawrence et al., 2013). In past decades, the study of urban social-ecological systems has evolved into a mature field that explores patterns, processes, drivers, and dynamics of urban spaces as ecosystems that include social institutions, social order, andcycles of change (Pickett et al., 1997; Machlis et al., 1997; Albertiet al., 2003; Pickett et al., 2008; Pickett and Grove, 2009; Grove et al., 2015). Greater understanding of the politics and power dynamics shaping urban ecosystems is becoming vital in an age in which expanding urban populations test the limits of the ecological strata, both within and beyond the city, on which urban life depends.

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    Campbell, Lindsay K.; Gabriel, Nate. 2016. Power in urban social-ecological systems: Processes and practices of governance and marginalization. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 19: 253-254.


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