Challenges of interdisciplinarity for forest management and landscape perception research


  • J.L. Lewis


Forest managers and academics seeking to forge an interdisciplinary blend of natural and social scientific research confront a formidable challenge. In addition to the daunting array of conceptual and methodological frameworks, there are fundamental questions and methodological issues regarding the respective roles of biology, social context and culture as influential factors in environmental perception. The purpose of this chapter is to present a conceptual roadmap for land managers and researchers attempting to achieve some form of disciplinary integration. I critically evaluate the theoretical postulates used in current landscape-perception research, examine the role of aesthetics and culture in landscape perception, and speculate on the potential contribution that interdisciplinary landscape-perception research can make to forest management and practice