Lorien Nesbitt

Lorien Nesbitt

Assistant Professor of Urban Forestry

Department of Forest Resources Management 2212
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver , BC V6T 1Z4

work phone: 604-822-3482

I seek to create more liveable and equitable urban environments. During my career, I have had the privilege of working with communities and organizations across Canada and internationally to achieve environmental and sustainability goals.

My research focuses on urban forestry and socio-ecological interactions in urban environments, with an emphasis on environmental justice, human health, well-being, and climate change. I employ mixed methods approaches, as appropriate to the research project, and have both quantitative and qualitative methodological expertise. I am currently examining four interrelated topics (1) the relationship between greenness exposure and public health in urban environments, with a focus on adaptation to climate change-induced heat stress; 2) urban forest governance systems that promote resilience and equity; 3) smart technologies and their applications in urban forestry; and 4) environmental justice in multicultural cities. In the realm of environmental justice, my current research is particularly concerned with understanding the nature and dynamics of green gentrification, i.e., the physical or psychological displacement of residents due to local greening activities.


Green College Leading Scholar 2019


Green gentrification and equitable urban forest governance in Metro Vancouver Current

Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2020-2022

Will smarter forests take us farther? Fostering resilience forest ecosystems in the digital era Current

Principal Investigator, SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant, 2020-2021

Selected Publications

Nesbitt, L., Meitner, M., Girling, C., Sheppard, S., & Lu, Y. (2019). Who has access to urban vegetation? A spatial analysis of distributional green equity in 10 US cities Landscape and Urban Planning 181/51-79
Nesbitt, L., Meitner, M., Girling, C., Sheppard, S. (2019). Urban green equity on the ground: Practice-based models of urban green equity in three multicultural cities Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 44/126433
Bardekjian, A., Nesbitt, L., Konijnendijk, C.C., Lötter, B.T. (2019). Women in urban forestry and arboriculture: Experiences, barriers and strategies for leadership Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 46/126442
van den Bosch, M., Brauer, M., Burnett, R., Davies, H., Davis, Z., Guhn, M., Jarvis, I., Nesbitt, L., Oberlander, T., Rugel, E., Sbihi, H., Su, J., Jerrett, M. (2018). Born to be Wise: A population registry data linkage protocol to assess the impact of modifiable early-life environmental exposures on the health and development of children BMJ Open 8/e026954
Liu, J., Chamberlain, B.C., Kozak, R.A., Meitner, M., Nesbitt, L. (2018). Relating shape to human aesthetic evaluations of harvest blocks from an aerial perspective Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 33/793-799
Nesbitt, L., Meitner, M., Sheppard, S., & Girling, C. (2018). The dimensions of urban green equity: A framework for analysis Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 34/240-248
Konijnendijk, C.C., Nesbitt, L., Stephen, B. (2018). Vancouver: envisaging the world’s greenest city. In Forests and Sustainable Cities: Inspiring Stories from Around the World. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Devisscher, T., Nesbitt, L., Bardekjian, A. (2018). Main findings and trends of urbanization. In C. Farcy, R. de Camino, I. Martinez de Arano, E. Rojas Briales (eds.) Forestry in the Midst of Global Changes. CRC Press
Nesbitt, L., Hotte, N., Barron, S., Cowan, J., Sheppard, S. (2017). The social and economic value of cultural ecosystem services provided by urban forests in North America: A review and suggestions for future research Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 25/103-111
Nesbitt, L. and Meitner, M. (2016). Exploring Relationships between Socioeconomic Background and Urban Greenery in Portland, OR Forests 7/162